Admiring Christina Hendricks


Emmys 2013: Christina Hendricks slept through nomination for “Mad Men”

Christina Hendricks, the ravishing redhead that set America’s heart ablaze with her role as Joan Harris on AMC’s “Mad Men,” slept through the news of her Emmy nomination Thursday.

“I just found out about 10 minutes ago,” Hendricks said by phone from New York City. “I went to see a play last night and I turned my phone on silent — so I took the luxury of sleeping in until noon. So I’m exactly where I was when I heard: in bed.”

She’s only in New York for a few more days because her work will soon be done on co-star John Slattery‘s directorial debut, “God’s Pocket,” which also stars Philip Seymour Hoffman.

“He’s amazing,” Hendricks says of Slattery, who plays Roger Sterling on “Mad Men.” “But I’m almost done and I get to come home. I’m ready for a staycation.”

What is it about “Mad Men” that keeps devoted audiences coming back year after year?

“I think it’s the writing. It’s extraordinary — since season one it’s been consistently extraordinary and groundbreaking,” Hendricks said. “And Matt Weiner writes such rich characters. People continue to connect with them, even after six seasons.”

That’s certainly true of Hendricks‘ character.

“I think people are very fond of Joan because she’s a survivor, and she’s strong and competent and smart,” Hendricks said. “People really root for her, and she says the things that people wish they could say. And the things that she says are incredibly surprising and satisfying.”


Christina Hendricks joins John Slattery’s “God’s Pocket”

John Slattery, who has helmed a few great Mad Men episodes (including last Sunday’s terrific, eminently GIFable installment), will make his feature debut directing Philip Seymour HoffmanRichard JenkinsJohn Turturro, and his AMC co-star Christina Hendricks.

Once you’ve stopped reeling at the idea of that cast, you may want to consider the film itself: It’s an adaptation of God’s Pocket, a Pete Dexter novel Slattery tackled for the screen alongside Alex Metcalf (An American Affair). The story takes place in the “blue-collar neighborhood of God’s Pocket, where the lead character tries to cover up his stepson’s death in a construction accident. When a local columnist comes sniffing around for the truth, things go from bad to worse.”

In a GQ interview in early 2012, Slattery offhandedly mentioned adapting the book — it’s been in this correspondent’s Amazon wishlist ever since. Time to press Buy.


Christina Hendricks nominated at Critics’ Choice Television Awards

The Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) today announced the nominations for the second annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards and like last year our talented Christina scored a nomination for her amazing work!

Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Christine Baranski (The Good Wife)
Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad)
Christina Hendricks (Mad Men)
Regina King (Southland)
Kelly Macdonald (Boardwalk Empire)
Maggie Siff  (Sons of Anarchy)

Plus Mad Men, Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss and John Slattery were nominated too. Congratulations! The winners will be announced at a June 18 awards gala in Beverly Hills.

“Mad Men” cast on ‘Actors Studio’: 5 Things We Learned

It’s no secret no one has any idea what’s going to happen next on Mad Men — and those “scenes from next week” aren’t going to clue you in at all. But the most notoriously tight-lipped cast couldn’t resist sharing a few personal details when Jon Hamm, January Jones, Vincent Kartheiser, Christina Hendricks, John Slattery, Jared Harris, and creator Matthew Weiner visited James Lipton at the famed Actors Studio (Elisabeth Moss was shooting a movie out of the country).

Below are five of the most tantalizing bits of info we learned in the hour-long broadcast.

1. Some were concerned Jon wasn’t sexy enough to play Don. Weiner said some people (presumably studio execs) didn’t think Hamm was sexy enough for the role, and he had six or seven auditions before he snagged the part. Rebuttal: This photo. Or this. Or this.

2. The series time frame was based around when the Pill became available. Any Mad Men fan remembers Peggy’s uncomfortable doctor visit after her first few days on the job, after Joan advised her to get on the Pill as quickly as possible. Weiner shared that the Pill becoming available was the event that he settled on to kick off the series, and set the exact time frame. Speaking of Joan, the fan-favorite was originally slated to be just a guest-star. Can you picture the show without her pithy observations or her work relationship with Peggy? Can you imagine what Roger would be like without her around?

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