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Christina Hendricks on September 2010 cover of British GQ + interview
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You probably didn't need Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone to tell you that Christina Hendricks has a fabulous figure. As Joan Harris (née Holloway), the alpha female in Matt Weiner's Mad Men and the cover star of British GQ's September issue, we've admired her for some time. In person, Hendricks more than lives up to the hype - flirty, chatty and utterly charming, she makes a mean gimlet and tells some good stories. In a GQ.com exclusive interview with this month's cover star, we ask her about fan reactions, her hopes for Joan in the future and how it feels to be a pinup...

GQ: What's more unpleasant on set - being in incredibly tight clothing or smoking fake herbal cigarettes?
Christina Hendricks: I adore the incredibly tight clothing! My own wardobe's changed - I've streamlined a little bit and definitely learnt from Joan's sleekiness and tailoring. As for the herbal cigarettes, for the most part I don't smoke as much as the guys do. I'm usually just strutting around a bit more so I don't actually have to be inhaling it. I'm lucky because I do have scenes where the cigarettes work beautifully to punctuate certain things I'm saying.

Obviously one of our all-time favourite scenes is the lipstick test in the two-way mirror in season one...

That scene is perfect for Joan. She's controlling the women - she has more knowledge than them - and she's also manipulating the men at the same time. I lean over and I quite simply show my ass to the men. When I read it I just thought it was so fabulous. I just thought, "How strong and amazing is this woman?"

Do fans expect you to be in character all the time?
Everyone assumes we're always going to have a cocktail and a cigarette in hand. Fans expect us all to be dressed up all the time. They always say to me, "You look so young. You don't seem as tall!" We have defined these characters - people always expect to see me in a pencil skirt. When they see me out of one - much like when they see Jon Hamm's hair when it isn't slick - they say, "Wait a minute, you're all 2010!"

How excited are you by the new season?
I'm waiting for the backlash and every season I think, "Can we do it again?" But Matt just keeps doing it. At some point some really mean person is going to go, "I don't understand what all the fuss is about."

One of the most talked-about moments in the entire show came when Joan made a catty remark to Paul Kensey's black girlfriend...
First of all, she's not racist. I had a long conversation with Matt about this because it was off-putting to me. When I read that script I got very upset, called Matt and said, "You're turning her into a monster, what are you doing?" He told me, "Calm down, Joan's not racist - Paul's just a jackass". She is just calling Paul Kensey out on his crap. He's being a fool and she's the only person who will say it out loud and tell him what it is - he thinks it's really cool that she's black. I thought I'd get lots of comments about this scene, but I guess it goes so well with the period that it didn't bring as much.

One of the many reasons we enjoy the series is it doesn't take the easy way out. When Joan shows she has an ability to pick good sitcom scripts in season two, it's heartbreaking seeing her being overlooked...
I get more response from that than anything else. People are horrified at how talented and enthustiastic she was, only to have it yanked away from her. People keep coming up to me and asking about that episode. What's even more heartbreaking for her is that it's never even referenced again.

How much did Helen Gurley Brown's 1962 book Sex And The Single Girl influence you in creating Joan?
Gosh, it was very much about being aware of oneself. Each move being very controlled and manipulative, but not in a negative way. The book was about presenting oneself and how to do it. Joan is not trying to follow that book note for note but it gives a flavour of who she is. I think she's very much about appearance, control and handling the situation.

Have you had any strange fan reactions?
It seems like a very masculine show but there are women who are absolutely obsessed by it. I had a girl last year who wrote me a very long letter about how she related to my character the most and how wonderful it was because she was having an affair with her boss at work. It was at that point I said, "It's not my place to give any advice on this one!"

But what would Joan say?

I think Joan's advice would be: always know more than anyone else, always be discrete as possible. And never cry at work.

What is it that makes Joan special?
Joan's a dream to play - she's not always prancing around the office. There's that side to it, which is really fun, but there's nitty-gritty. She's what makes the workplace so fun - in a workplace that can be so dark and so much tension, Joan gives some levity. And the wonderful thing is she still has these darker moments among the fabulous highs.

Do you ever feel that the period detail gets in the way?
I think it makes it wonderful. We have the confidence to know that when we walk on that things are right. There's no question. You mind starts to work in the same way - you start to walk on set and think, "I don't know about that lamp." It becomes something of sport. We make sure we're perfect before we walk on set in terms of preparation and wardrobe - once we get on there it all clicks together perfectly.

Does it feel good to be a pinup?

Well, I'm thrilled. I'd love to be thought of as that...

What are your hopes for Joan in the future?
I just keep praying for Joan to get her power back. To resolve her problems and rise to the top. To fight back!

I know it's not HQ but whatevs, someone will post them soon enough. Use this as an excuse to talk about last nights episode of Mad Men or something.

Joanie tyfyt


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I fell asleep during last night's episode...the volume on AMC is all fucked up for me. :(

Her outfit on the cover is awful :(

are you serious?!?! i need that dress in my life STAT!

Love her, but this is nagl. The hair, make-up and colouring is really bothering me.

The hair is killing me. It looks like she's got loaves of bread on her shoulders. :/

Or cocker spaniel ears.

She's so beautiful. I want to know her for more than just her body. What has she done outside of Mad Men?

she just finished this. she's the (departed) mom of the ginger baby in this

She was on a couple episodes of Firefly.

I *heart* her in kevin Hill. Kevin Hill is very different because she plays someone with low self esteem. She is great at her job, but has so-so social skills. And she may or may not have a crush on Kevin.

I would say La Cucina. She's .. cute? in it. I think she's pretty basic overall, but it was a decent movie.

Firefly is where you want to check her out, but she was also on this horrible lifetime movie, Hunger Point, but I WATCHED IT, because she was in it.


I'd go lesbian for her. Plain and simple.

I really wish stylists would stop constantly trying to shove her tits up to her chin. It's not attractive at all. also that dress is fucking terrible on the cover.

Yeah, the cover photo looks painful.

But they have a nice natural shape in the second picture that is super sexy. *drools*

i like that dress so much i want it!
where can i get it!

I had a girl last year who wrote me a very long letter about how she related to my character the most and how wonderful it was because she was having an affair with her boss at work.


IKR? So she's suppose to give you a high five, bitch? Why the hell would that be something to be proud of?

I think that's the letter I would have written back to and been like "girl, what the hell is your problem?"

seriously lol. i wonder how the fan feels if she reads this!

Her dress on the cover is awful but she still looks gorgeous. I love her makeup in the second photo. I need to download last nights episode. I missed it for shark week. -.-

That's right Vince, get it.

am i the only one who doesn't like her?

or mad men, for that matter.

.....seriously how do you not like Mad Men

I legit wanna know what TV shows you do like

I don't care for her but she has a nice body, not gonna lie. But her face ruins it for me most times.. Butterface honestly. I wouldn't know her personality enough to like/dislike her, though.

I don't care either way but her stylists seem to hate her. That's the only possible explanation for some of her wardrobe/hair choices.

I don't like her. She's overrated and her face is borderline ugly.

well, i don't like her either, but i guess it's just you and me!

Also, her face in the 2nd pic looks old and scary ;;

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