Christina Hendricks has become one of the most worshipped women, simply because she dares to be famous and sexy and NOT a size zero. Even though Christina has gotten a lot of love stateside, she and her hourglass figure have found an even more amorous fan base in the UK. I have no idea what that’s all about – maybe it’s the pale skin, the red hair, the boobs, all of it combined, but Christina is considered a goddess over there. So it’s no surprise that Christina sat down to do an extensive interview with The Daily Mail, a UK publication. Christina is asked about everything, from her husband to her career to her early days as a model, and she’s even asked about her boobs. Several months ago, Playboy released an old photo shoot they did with Christina. She was several sizes smaller, and wearing a bikini top, and her boobs looked much, much smaller. This made everyone sit up and ask, “Hey, are Christina’s boobs real?” In this interview, Christina claims they are. You can read the full Mail piece here, and here are some highlights:
On boobs: It was reported this year that there had been a sharp rise in breast augmentation in the UK because British women were longing to look more like Christina, though she says: ‘I hope I’m not encouraging that. If there’s anything to be learned from me it’s that I’m learning to celebrate what I was born with, even though it’s sometimes been inconvenient. Having larger breasts has made it harder for me to shop throughout the years, but I’ve learnt to love it. It’s so bizarre that people are constantly asking if my breasts are real or fake,’ she adds. ‘They’re so obviously real that anyone who’s ever seen or touched a breast would know.’
On playing Joan on Mad Men: ‘I love playing Joan because she’s such a departure from who I am. In season one I thought, “Oh Lord, this woman is terrifying – I couldn’t be her friend!”, but now I think I would be friends with Joan because she’s so strong and pretty wonderful,’ says Christina, adding: ‘I’d just ask her not to tell me what she really thinks all the time.’ Today her Mad Men wardrobe of fitted skirts and pillbox hats has been replaced by jeans, purple heels and a cream top (with cinched-in waist, naturally). Though it took her a while to get used to putting on Joan’s accoutrements, Christina is now a seasoned pro. ‘I was huffing and puffing into those things initially,’ she says, ‘but now I’m flipping on the garters with ease. It’s so great at the beginning of each season to see what’s in our characters’ wardrobes!’
On Don Draper/Jon Hamm: Ah, Don Draper, a man who could unhook a bra while wearing a straitjacket. Played by the divinely handsome Jon Hamm, Don perennially has an eye for a pretty lady, which rather begs the question why he and Joan have never had an affair. ‘Well, I think they have a mutual respect for one another,’ says Christina, ‘but because they’re both very good at reading other people, they’ve sort of got each other’s number.’ Can Christina herself see the appeal? ‘Who wouldn’t? I mean, come on!’ she laughs. ‘Jon feels more of a brother to me, but listen, I’m a woman and I can look at that man and say he’s astoundingly talented and astoundingly attractive. But so are all the guys on the show. I mean John Slattery [who plays Roger Sterling, Joan’s sometime lover] – he’s dashing and charismatic as can be.’ And are the Dons and Rogers of this world Christina’s type? ‘No, I’d run a mile! I like a man with a nice, self-deprecating sense of humour.’
Christina on how she met her husband, Geoffrey Arend: The couple met after being introduced by Mad Men actor Vincent Kartheiser (who plays Pete Campbell), and though it wasn’t love at first sight, ‘because we were both coming out of other relationships and weren’t in that mindset, I loved his energy and his spirit and I was always saying to friends: “You’ve got to meet my new friend Geoffrey – he’s so much fun”. Then my friends invited him to dinner and he was late – he’s always late – and they asked me if I wanted to save the seat next to me for Geoffrey and I went: “No, no – it’s not like that”. Of course, as soon as I said it didn’t matter, it suddenly did matter. I think my brain just had to catch up with my heart.’
On kids: The couple, now based in Los Angeles, haven’t yet decided whether children will feature in their plans, ‘though I probably need to think about that soon because I’m getting older, but I’m not letting that determine any decisions. I’m on this wonderful show with all these opportunities,’ says Christina, ‘so it seems crazy to jump out of it. I want to really experience the career for a while, and then I’ll see what happens.’ Joan Holloway – now Joan Harris after marrying the frankly undeserving Dr Greg Harris – did end the fourth series of Mad Men pregnant, after an illicit romp with old flame Roger Sterling. ‘She’s been very naughty and I was shocked when I got the script,’ says Christina. ‘My first fear was that she’d quit her job, but also I wondered, if she did become a stay-at-home mum, how would she manage that? Maybe she’ll carry on working – just strap the baby to her back and carry on bossing people around!’
[From The Daily Mail]
Do you believe Christina regarding her boobs? I kind of do. I think as she got older, she gained weight (it happens), and that weight spread out proportionally everywhere, including Christina’s rack. I believe this because Christina’s boobs have a natural sag to them, and when she has them hoisted up in a bustier, it doesn’t look like she has two circular aliens trying to burst out of her chest.
Also – I love her chemistry with John Slattery. They’re very sexy together. But I wouldn’t rule out a Don-Joan drunken hookup at some point. I’d go for that before a Don-Peggy hookup.
Photos courtesy of WENN & Playboy.