Admiring Christina Hendricks

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Christina Hendricks: Glamour UK – November 2012

Christina Hendricks is on the cover of the November 2012 TV special issue of Glamour UK magazine.

The 37-year-old actress looked stunning in an orange floral dress for the Walter Chin shot front page while dishing about everything from her love life to how “Mad Men” changed her career.

On “Mad Men:”
“It’s completely changed my career. Instead of people wondering who you are, you walk in and they say, “I love your show”. It’s a nice way to start an audition.”

On her husband Geoffrey Arend:
“It just became very obvious to me, I was smitten. He makes me laugh and he’s my best friend and I would always rather be with him than not, so those are pretty good indications.”

On her career outside of “Mad Men:”
“I hate to ever think of it finishing. I have concerns about finding something I’m going to fall in love with as much. I’ve got a couple of things lined up for the next break, and I hope to enjoy my home and husband.”

For more, be sure to pay a visit to Glamour UK!

Christina Hendricks: “The Arc of Joan” – The Hollywood Reporter

Christina Hendricks is featured in the June issue of The Hollywood Reporter where she talks about how she won the role of Joan Holloway (she was called in for Peggy), why she once dismissed Joan as “a bitch,” and her own thoughts about the indecent proposal that exploded into TV’s most-talked about moment.

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Plus a behind the scenes video of the photoshoot and part of the interview.

Ever since May 27, Christina Hendricks has been in defensive mode. That was the night that Mad Men‘s steely bombshell, Joan, did the unthinkable. She slept with a lecherous Jaguar dealer in exchange for a partnership stake in Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce. As Don Draper makes his pitch for the car company’s business — “What price would we pay?” he asks. “What behavior would we forgive?” — the single mom allows an unseemly man to take from her the one thing she has long and proudly maintained: control.

No sooner had Joan’s fitted dress fallen from her pale shoulders in the episode titled “The Other Woman” than the Twittersphere exploded with opinions ranging from horrified shock to guilty delight. Outlets from The New York Times to New York magazine dubbed the hour a “game changer,” “historic” and “the best” of the season. Even those who deemed the story arc unrealistic praised the performance of Hendricks, who more than any other Mad Men character has come to personify the Emmy-winning show’s exploration of the shifting sexual and workplace politics of the 1960s. Wrote Time‘s TV critic James Poniewozik: “Hendricks — long the most underrated actress on Mad Men — performs the hell out of this, selling the emotional change that (to me) the plot didn’t.”

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Christina Hendricks: “V Magazine” – The Big Shot

Christina Hendricks is celebrating the forthcoming beginning of the fifth season of “Mad Men” by posing in a new photo shoot for V Magazine.

Here’s part of the interview:

“Oh, I can totally go unnoticed. I ran around all day today. Not a mention,” insists Christina Hendricks, star of AMC’s 1960s period series Mad Men. “In Los Angeles you know the neighborhoods where you’re more likely to get noticed. And then you probably put on lipstick.”

It’s difficult to accept that after four seasons of embodying Joan Harris (née Holloway)—the efficient, famously voluptuous office manager who thanklessly presides over Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce wearing a parade of wiggle dresses—Hendricks could still enjoy anonymity. Fans will surely be looking for her when Mad Men returns on March 25th, eager to discover more about her character’s unexpected pregnancy. “It probably surprised a lot of people. It certainly surprised me,” she says. “Joan certainly has motherly instincts—at least in a bossy way.” Hendricks is more savvy now than she was when Mad Men introduced its distinctive brand of cerebral, obsessively art-directed drama. For example, she no longer turns black-and-blue from wearing her character’s restrictive girdles and garters. “Now I put moleskin underneath the rubber so it doesn’t rub against my skin,” she says. “I still get a little bruised up, but I’m learning the tricks of the trade.”

Born in Knoxville, Tennessee, Hendricks landed her first consequential role in 1999 on MTV’s teen soap Undressed—a Skins precursor that served as a Mickey Mouse Club for maturing young actors (“Most people in Los Angeles have that on their résumé,” the multiple Emmy-nominee explains with a laugh). She played a college student named Rhiannon who crashes at her aunt’s house with a rapper she meets at a bus station (YouTube can fill in the rest). “I used to play characters more naïve than Joan, who is so sophisticated and…not jaded, but worldlier,” she says. “I’ve definitely learned from playing a character that is so confident and resilient.”

Which is not to say that during her rise to fame the radiant natural blonde did not receive her share of industry-issued validation. She can share a proper fashion anecdote dating to her time modeling in the mid ’90s, like walking in a Hussein Chalayan show or inspiring a young Karen Elson to dye her hair a career-boosting red. But because of her work on Mad Men, Hendricks now commands red carpets—and has even orchestrated some bonafide Hollywood bombshell moments, like at the 2011 Golden Globe Awards when she lost an $850,000 bracelet on loan from Chopard, and after an event worker found the ornament and returned it to her, pleaded with security to allow her to leave the auditorium and deliver it to her publicist for safekeeping, whereupon the guard watched as Hendricks pulled the 124 carats of platinum-set diamonds out of her acclaimed cleavage and passed them to her rep through a crack in the door. Bull’s-eye. “I couldn’t put it in my purse,”

You can read the rest here.

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Christina Hendricks: “BlackBook” Spring Fashion Issue

You might be waiting with bated breath for the fifth season of Mad Men to premiere on March 25th, but in the meantime, you’ll be pleased to know that the auburn-haired beauty Christina Hendricks appears on the cover for our upcoming March issue. In it, Hendricks opens up about her role as the buxom and brassy Joan Holloway and how her character has inspired her to be more assertive and sexy in real life — and to fill her closet with a personal collection of ’60s fashions. Our cover girl also details her blossoming film career, which kick-started with last summer’s surprise hit, Drive.

Pick up a copy of the March issue, on newsstands next week, and check back with BBook.com for full coverage!

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