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Christina on “Hap and Leonard”

Christina Hendricks on Playing Hap and Leonard’s Femme Fatale and Perfecting a Southern Accent

After Mad Men, Christina Hendricks jumped right into another period piece, called, fittingly, Another Period (Comedy Central)She’s back at it as femme fatale Trudy in pulpy ’80s crime drama Hap and Leonard, premiering March 2 on the Sundance Channel. At the show’s premiere party, Hendricks took a moment to tell Vulture what drew her to the role and how she perfected that Southern accent.

How hard was it to find a series to follow up a phenomenon like Mad Men?
As soon as we wrapped, I went right into doing Another Period. I guess it was a palate cleanser, and I was such a huge fan of [creators and co-stars] Natasha Leggero and Riki Lindhome that it was a no-brainer. I was also like, “I would love to be distracted and not sit around and think about how I’m not on Mad Men anymore.” But after Another Period, I had every intention of taking a break, and my manager sent me Hap and Leonard and said, “I know you want a break, but just read this.” I did, and I wanted to play Trudy so bad. I couldn’t deny it. I didn’t want someone else to get to do it. I wanted to do it. I didn’t have some big plan or grand, mapped-out situation. I got it, I loved it, I wanted to do it, and so I did.

What did you respond to so strongly about Trudy?
When I read a script and the character jumps off the page and jumps into me in a way that I feel like I can contribute, that I can have a voice in it — I can always tell because I start acting it out in my head, instead of trying to fix it. It just comes so naturally. She was so well-written and such an unusual character. She’s playful and sassy, but in a different way than the characters that I’ve been playing recently that I was excited by her.

Trudy lures her ex-boyfriend Hap (James Purefoy) into a dangerous scheme over the objections of his best friend Leonard (Michael K. Williams). Is she trustworthy or trouble?
Oh, she is so not trustworthy!

You were born in Knoxville, Tennessee, moved to Twin Falls, Idaho, then went to high school in Fairfax, Virginia. Did Hap and Leonard reconnect you to your Southern roots?
This environment is so unlike my Northern Virginia experience. I have a lot of relatives in Georgia, although that accent is very different. I always consider myself as having family from the South. I did work really hard on Trudy’s accent. I wanted it to be specific to the area, so I had to make sure to not listen to my relatives in my head. I didn’t want to just copy my grandma or my aunt. I had so much fun doing it, I probably took about two weeks to shake it when I got home. My husband [Madam Secretary’s Geoffrey Arend] said, “You know you don’t actually talk like that, right?”

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Christina talks to “Campaign Asia”

Much like her Mad Men character Joan Holloway, Christina Hendricks is classy, intelligent and in full control of her presence both onscreen and online.

Despite increasing pressure on stars to build a strong presence on social media, Hendricks has yet to launch a public Twitter account.

“I personally don’t want to watch an actor performing and just so happen to know they love this shade of lipgloss and that they had a breakup,” she said in an interview with Campaign Asia-Pacific following her appearance today at Spikes Asia. “It becomes a distraction. I know a lot of people love it and find it an outlet for them to share, and sometimes in an artistic way or in branding themselves. I just don’t think anyone cares if I ate asparagus for dinner. I like a little bit of mystery in others, and so I try and maintain that a little bit for myself.”

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The Uncensored, Epic, Never-Told Story Behind ‘Mad Men’

JANUARY JONES AS … PEGGY?
Casting for the pilot begins in 2006. Weiner and AMC agree on hiring unknown actors.

Christina Hendricks (Joan Holloway) I was up for another pilot, and I chose Mad Men. The [agency I was with] was like, “It’s on AMC, it’s a period piece, it’s never going to go. Are you crazy? You’re not going to make money for us …” I thought it was a little impatient of them. So I moved on.

A DOG NAMED DRAPER
With production having moved to Los Angeles, Mad Men premieres July 19, 2007, to critical acclaim but faces an uphill ratings battle and an uncertain future.

Hendricks It was during the writers strike, so there was no [Globes] ceremony. We all watched it from the Chateau Marmont and we just sat there with our mouths agape. The Emmys were the next thing up.

WEINER NEARLY WALKS
Instead, in March 2011, he takes home $30 million for a three-season contract after negotiations with AMC and Lionsgate sideline the network flagship for more than a year.

Hendricks At one point I thought, “This is taking a little too long.”

A HANGING — AND A KISS OF DEATH
Finally back on the air in 2012, Weiner makes adds (and cuts) to the cast and starts plotting an endgame.

Hendricks The common area [on the set] started as a piece of AstroTurf and a little glass table with four chairs, and then one year we came back and there was a full deck with a built-in fire pit and Christmas lights.

THE LONG GOODBYE
AMC splits the final season into two parts, with the last seven episodes airing nearly a year after it wraps in July 2014.

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Christina joins ‘The Neon Demon’

BERLIN– Keanu Reeves and Christina Hendricks have joined the cast of Nicolas Winding Refn’s “The Neon Demon,” the subversive female-driven horror tale that marks Danish helmer’s follow-up to “Only God Forgives.”

Sold and financed by Gaumont and Wild Bunch, “The Neon Demon” stars Elle Fanning (“Super 8″).

Abbey Lee (“Drive”), Jena Malone (“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1″), and Bella Heathcote (“Beneath Hill 60″) round out the eclectic cast of up-and-coming actresses.

Refn’s partner, Lene Borglum (“Valhalla Rising,” “Only God Forgives”), is producing via their company Space Rocket.

The key crew of “The Neon Demon” comprises Refn‘s regular collaborators: editor Matthew Newman and composer Cliff Martinez.

Gaumont and Wild Bunch are shopping the project at the EFM and have started discussions with U.S. buyers.

The two Paris-based companies teamed on Refn’s last film, “Only God Forgives,” which world premiered in competition at Cannes.

Production is slated to begin March 30.

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Christina is the new Nice ‘n Easy Brand Ambassador

Christina Hendricks is arguably the most famous redhead in Hollywood, but that wasn’t always the case. She started her career as a blonde — until she nabbed a fateful modeling gig at 19. “Clairol took me red, and I was absolutely thrilled. I loved it so much, I still actually have the picture from the shoot,” she says. “I went back to my agency and said ‘I’m staying red, this it it, I love it.’ And they let me!”

And once she landed her role as Joan on Mad Men, fans everywhere started begging their stylists for Hendricks’s hair color. But as it turns out, she still gets it herself at home with Nice ‘n Easy “6R Natural Light Auburn.” Which is why it makes sense that, 20 years after she was a face of Miss Clairol, the brand’s tapping her again for their new ad campaigns.
“I did notice I started getting more modeling jobs as a redhead — I think because it was quite unique, there weren’t a lot of redheads around,” Hendricks said at the N.Y.C. shoot for the ad campaign, her second for the brand. “I think also because I felt so confident with it, I probably had a better attitude. I just felt gorgeous with it and I stuck with it for years.”

So in a town full of $1,000 highlights, what’s the secret to getting at-home hair color just right? “I’ve been dyeing my hair at home for years and years. I just follow the instructions on the box and it always turns out perfect, I don’t even think there is a trick!” she says, laughing. “I keep in my drawer every time I touch up because I trust it … I just follow what it says!”

One other benefit to her signature hue, Hendricks says, is that it inspires her to be a little daring with her red carpet looks. “Being a redhead has encouraged me to be a bit more playful with my fashion, a little more quirky and eccentric even sometimes,” she says. “I love headpieces and hats, I love curls and I love sleek, I love playing around with all those different things. When I go out in the evening, I like to play with color and jewelry. I think it complements being a redhead.”

The most important takeaway from the ad, for us? That your hair color is just a matter of mindset — and you should feel free to have fun with it! “I felt like I was a natural redhead,” Hendricks says of her transformation. “It was very natural and real to me.”

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