Christina Hendricks on gaining 15 pounds: “I felt gorgeous!”

13 June 2010 - Los Angeles, California - Christina Hendricks. Xbox 360's Project Natal Premiere Party held at USC's Galen Center. Photo Credit: Byron Purvis/AdMedia

It’s been a while since we’ve had something interesting about my favorite redhead, Christina Hendricks. Christina is the cover girl for the July/August issue of Health Magazine, probably to promote the new season of Mad Men (in less than a month!!!). In the interview, Christina talks about how gorgeous she is and how happy she is that she’s a lovely, curvy woman. But instead of sounding like Jessica “My beauty hinders my career” Biel, Christina sounds like a sweetheart:

Mad Men star Christina Hendricks says she’s always been proud of her curvier figure.

“Back when I was modeling, the first time I went to Italy I was having cappuccinos every day, and I gained 15 pounds. And I felt gorgeous!” Hendricks, 35, tells the July/August issue of Health. “I would take my clothes off in front of the mirror and be like, Oh, I look like a woman. And I felt beautiful, and I never tried to lose it, ’cause I loved it!”

In February, the actress came under fire when the New York Times posted an article that slammed the star for flaunting her assets at the Golden Globe Awards. “You don’t put a big girl in a big dress,” the critic wrote.

“I made the grave mistake after one awards show of reading comments online about what I wore, and I was like, ‘Oh my God, people are so mean!’” Hendricks reveals. “I still remember all those negative comments, despite all the wonderful positivity. That’s why we’re all in therapy!”

Because of the criticism, the newlywed admits she’s surprised to learn she’s often cited as one of the most desirable bodies in Hollywood.

“Really? They don’t say Jessica Alba? ‘Cause that’s what I say!” she laughs. “It’s such a compliment, because of all those times I had agents who were like, “You have to lose some weight,” and all of a sudden, people are celebrating it.”

But the buxom redhead — who admits she could “sit down with a bag of chips and French onion dip and go to town” — also makes an effort to stay healthy by varying her gym routine.

“I get kind of bored on the treadmill, but I do it. And I do a little bit of weight training,” she says. “I’m really into the BOSU ball. You have to balance on it, and I do weights and squats on it. I’m pretty good at it — I feel sort of like a Karate Kid!”

[From Us Weekly]

I’m totally with her on the salty foods. Potato chips are the reason any attempt I make to diet is dead on arrival. Both my parents loved sweet stuff, and I don’t have a taste for cakes and pastries whatsoever. I can pass by a donut place and never feel a twinge, unlike the rest of my family. But put me near a McDonalds, and I have to go get some fries.

In another part of the interview, Christina credits her healthy body image on her mom: “I guess my mom raised me right. She was very celebratory of her body. I never heard her once say, ‘I feel fat.’” Mama Hendricks needs to come give me a pep talk. She also talks about playing Joan Holloway, the coolest girl on Mad Men: “When I first started to play her, I would think, Oh my God, I would never want to hang out with this person. She would crush me like a bug! And then, I started to love her. I think Joan and I have a “no excuses” kind of mentality—I’m going to stand by my decisions, no regrets, no apologies. But she is far more confident than I am. She’s far more confident than most women are in the world!” I really want Joanie and Roger to get back together this season.


13 June 2010 - Los Angeles, California - Christina Hendricks. Xbox 360's Project Natal Premiere Party held at USC's Galen Center. Photo Credit: Byron Purvis/AdMedia

LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 07: Actress Christina Hendricks arrives at the 18th annual Elton John AIDS Foundation's Oscar Viewing Party held at the Pacific Design Center on March 7, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

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  1. BrandyMc says:

    I love how curvy she is. She looks really healthy and sexy!

  2. Robert says:

    She’s beautiful. I love Mad Men.

  3. buckley says:


  4. Lady Jane says:

    Love her.

  5. Maritza says:

    She is gorgeous! I love her on Mad Men, those vintage dresses are so beautiful. I’ve been watching the whole series and I’m hooked.

  6. d says:

    Oh, God, sooooo gorgeous! Don’t ever hide your red hair either!!!!

  7. Jeri says:

    I too think she is beautiful & she sounds just as beautiful as she looks. Grounded. Good for her.

  8. Erin says:

    Ha McDonalds fries…we call them Crack Fries in my house.

    She’s beautiful and anyone that says otherwise is stupid.

  9. meme says:

    @erin – i agree. Ms. Hendricks is gorgeositty!!!!! she puts all those anorexic girls to shame

  10. Karen says:

    More Christina Hendricks posts! Love her.

  11. Katyusha says:

    The dress they put on her for the mag cover is an abomination; I’ll be honest.

    It looks like a bed spread print from Motel 8. And yes, I’ve stayed there before because it was the only place that would take my dog!

  12. viper says:

    SEE! :( (! You women who hate your curves are blind, WE SKINNY GIRLS ENVY YOU!!!!!!

    @kathy oh yeah thats definately a curtain they made her wear.

  13. original kate says:

    gorgeous figure and such pretty red hair. i hope she never dyes it blonde like nicole k. & lindsay.

  14. Lady Nightshade says:

    I love how they write an article about being proud of your figure and then forgo the usual swimsuit cover

  15. MM says:

    Don’t watch her show but she is lovely and sounds like she’s lovely on the inside as well. She’s the type of celeb that I wish younger people would try to emulate.

  16. Cinderella says:

    She is curvy, proportionate and pretty. Hope she remains true to that and doesn’t fall for the Hollywood-skinny crap.

  17. lucy2 says:

    She looks gorgeous, though it’s sad that half the article titles on that magazine cover are about losing weight, when she is all about embracing her curves.

  18. Jen says:

    She is an absolute knockout. I love her.

  19. Katyusha says:

    @ Lady Nightshade

    No kidding! Yet, they still keep the normal background that would go with the normal swimsuit cover – the beach.

    I think the art direction was a little ill-conceived. No one would wear a dress (like that) to the beach.

  20. Lynnie says:

    If that woman is fat, I’ll eat my hat (as my mother used to say). Looking good, Dear!

  21. melina says:

    She is gorgeous! Exquisite face and a juicy, great figure!
    Having said that, I believe she doesn’t know how to dress. She looks frumpy most of the times and she can’t seem to find clothes that fit! It’s not like she has Dolly Parton boobs but they always seem all over the place, like she can’t really handle them, you know what I mean?
    She should take note of the costumes in her show! She’s impeccable in Mad Men!

  22. SolitaryAngel says:

    I love this woman! She’s beautiful and sassy—Crack Fries for EVERYONE!!!!!!

  23. Mairead says:

    She is stunning, and not all woe is me about her (enviable) figure – but isn’t there anything more to her than being a not-skeletal actress? It’s same-old same-old with her interviews :|

  24. Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

    I think she’s a natural blonde.

    This is coming from a lady who is a huge Mad Men fan–her performance included–has a figure like hers, and was really put off by Horyn’s comments about her. Just saying that so I’m clear in saying that any ‘haters to the left’ comments won’t make sense. It’s nice to see the gradual inclusion of different body types, and I guess that being the position she’s in, her anomolous looks will garner attention. Talented, pretty, and not merely a patchwork of scalpals and fillers. I like that a lot, and think the younger celebrities could stand to do the same thing. But fuck me running, does this girl ever talk about anything besides her body? My own fault for reading the post–especially with that headline, I acknowledge that. I also acknowledge that it’s Christina Hendricks, so of course she’s only going to talk about her body. But again, fuck me running, does this girl ever talk about anything besides her body?

    Makes me yearn for the truly, truly unsettling, backwards and likely true adultery rumours concerning January Betty (they’re the same person, I’m growing more sure in that), and I’m Bobby Flay and my ginger balls got somethin’ to say–because fuck me running, does this girl ever talk about anything besides her body? Hmm, my bad, I’m almost as repetitive as she is.

  25. Mairead says:

    Jo – is that an offer? :lol: :twisted:

  26. Anne de Vries says:

    I imagine that that’s partly because it’s the main thing people ask her about…

  27. Amy says:

    @Jo – I don’t think she WANTS to talk about her body. It’s all anyone ever asks the poor gal about!

  28. Sumodo1 says:

    Judging by her healthy attitude, Christina is doing something right. After all, if we women all looked alike, we’d be no better than the girls in that Robert Palmer video from years ago.

    Personality, diversity, body image!

  29. Scarlet Vixen says:

    I agree–she probably talks about her body and weight alot because it’s what interviewers ask. Kinda like Gwyneth Paltrow.

    I’m a curvy redhead, and have always disliked those two things about myself. All my friends were always short, petite, flat-chested girls (not that there’s anything wrong with that) and that made me feel like a big tall fatty. Hence my extreme girl crush on Christina Hendricks. She’s like a richer, slightly bustier me! It’s so refreshing to have a beautiful curvy woman with a positive self-image. She’s really inspired me to love my curves-and red hair-too. :-)

  30. Romi says:

    Ohhh I want that necklace! Where can I find it ? :(

  31. Rosanna says:

    Oh shut up CH!!! Cappuccinos everyday and you gained all those pounds? SHUT UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  32. Gwen says:

    I love just about everything about her :D

  33. wondering says:

    Hmmm…why is that she is ‘gorgeous’ and Jessica Simpson is called a pig? Just wondering what the dif is there?

  34. canadianchick says:

    She rocks-I love every outfit her character wears on Mad Men.

  35. kiki says:

    shes smart and lovely

  36. Dingles says:

    I’d go gay for her, and my husband would fully support my decision.

  37. birdgherl says:

    I wish I felt the same way about my recently added 15 lbs…gorgeous, no; suicidal, yes.
    She’s a terrific role model. I hope she’s the only woman we are talking about someday soon.

  38. Liana says:

    I like her and think she has an amazing body, but I am sick of seeing her boobs everywhere. I think they need a vacation from the spotlight.

  39. Mrs Odie 2 says:

    If Hollywood were more inclusive of different body types, then why are we TALKING about her body being different? She could artfully learn to deflect those questions. She would just need a media savvy coach to teach her.

    She’s gorgeous. I’ll bet in person she’s very thin. And I’m sure they Photoshopped her thinner for the magazine cover.

  40. Sally says:

    Love Christina! She is gorgeous! Though I agree with the poster above who said that she doesn’t dress that well.. boobs are a bit all over the place. Us girls with big boobs (and small bodies) have to dress carefully or risk looking frumpy. You too, J.Simpson!

  41. Oi says:

    i hate to burst everyone’s bubbles, but aren’t her boobs fake? I’m glad she’s not one of the generic stick figures though.

  42. debbie says:

    There;s a “Mad Men” series of Barbies dolls out right now…I’m gonna buy her doll! I just think she is the most gorgeous woman on TV !!!

  43. Ralph says:

    Beady eyed heifer! I don’t see any beauty in this woman, and she’s dumber than a pile of rocks.

  44. ashleighlauren says:

    @Oi, I’m pretty sure they’re real. I’ve seen her in earlier stuff (Firefly, Lifetime movies) and she’s always had curves. They dress to exaggerate that on Mad Men (for an interesting deconstruction on the clothing/bodies on Mad Men, may I suggest )

    They may be fake, I’ve never seen her naked. However, if they’re not real, she’s got a killer plastic surgeon. They look and move like real breasts. It’s almost enough to turn me into a breasts person.

  45. Jillian says:

    @O- her boobs are real! her red hair isn’t though, she’s been dying it since she was 12 or something.

    i think she’s soooo gorgeous. i have no t&a to speak of and i would KILL to have curves like hers. :)

  46. Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

    I think a lot of the other posters here stated what I was thinking, but did so in less hyperbolic terms. I’ve got to get out of the sun.

    @Mairead: It wasn’t consciously an offer, but now that you mention it, if I put up some flyers at various TTC depots, I could become quite popular.

    ‘Hey, Sexy Dry Knees, and a hearty hubba, hubba as well. I’m 5’0, have a bad back from a childhood car wreck and as a result of what I like to call, ‘hypermammalian dis-syndrome’. More, you say? Well, I’ve also got a bad knee and limp from being on the receiving end of a hit and run (not my best birthday), as well as a list of seasonal allergies so sensational, I could be named the High Princess of Sinusitus-ology. If you’ve got the Benadryl, I’ve got the time, so ‘fuck me running!’

    P.S.: My student loan debts are HUGE, and also I love you!’

    I think that was very demure. How would you respond to that surfeit of klassiness? With shaven babies?

    @rosanna: Yeah, I’ve got to be your cheerleader on that one.


    Goodness knows that I don’t have the answers, but if can guess…

    - poise and comportment (real or feigned). If you like J.S., you might think there’s a lack of guile or childlike quality to her that does away with a lot of the artifice of her contemporaries. If you don’t, you may think she’s childish for riding the ‘It’ my Playskool Dollhouse’ long past its due date. What some may call a lack of guile, others may say is a lack of maturity or self-imposed ‘dumb show’, if you will. As far as CH goes, I’m not sure if she’s putting on a Joan Holloway disposition, and I know I’m heading into screeching banshee territory, but that was the thing that irked me about the GQ Commentary (although I hate them on principle, so that’s just me unfair, probably). It’s an industry, they know how to market themselves, I don’t know where the real person lives because they’re doing their jobs, I guess.

    - people are easier to kick when they’re already down. It was not so long ago when she was pretty much just a professional cheesecake spread with a ring, thrown into our lives as the new face of stupid. Now that most of those things are gone, it’s not totally unreasonable to wonder why she’s still around. Her business ventures have turned out well, but…you know. She’s not a pig, though. She put on some weight because that’s what happens sometimes (did anyone think that her Dukes figure would continue? She has never been fat, but you could just see that wasn’t her natural form). I think she looks better with some more meat, almost as if she looks more like ‘herself’ if I can be presumptuous.

    @birdgherl: I don’t want to sound lame, but please, please say you’re joking. If you are, I’m a square and there’s no harm done. If not, I hope you can find what you need to move through this difficult period. I’m almost certainly overreacting and if I am you can tell me I’m thick and missed the joke, whatever. No harm, no foul. But, I just want to be sure, you’re joking, right?

    @Liana: Let’s be friends. Can we send that letter that Salma Hayek as well?

    @39: (my browser’s weird) She probably is thin. She IS on TV, after all. When I started watching the show, I thought, ‘Oh, neat. Someone on TV with a figure like mine. Sure, it’s for a period piece, but I don’t care. Her wardrobe is where it’s at.’ Good for her (sincerely), but when did she become a cult hero? She’s not Pootie TANG. At least that freak’s clothes fit. Maybe it’s like being a doctor. Once people find out, they ambush you about every little thing under the sun. But if I worked on that show? Shoot. I’d chain those wardrobe people to my radiator if I had one to which that could be done.

    @rosanna: I did a bit of eye-rolling on that one. Everyone knows coffee is gross ;) . But yes, eye roll.

    @Scarlet Vixen: Well, there’s evidence that she’s doing something right. I had a variation on your topic with my friends. Most were very tall and willowy, I’m not. I never had the kind of growth spurt that sends you upwards so growth compensation had to appear somewhere else. Well, puberty hit me like a sack of tits and my immigrant mother was verrrrrrrrry strict about what I wore thereafter. Basically, I was a box with braces. Anyway, chronic health problems arose and the body was just demystified for me. In its weird way, those problems did a wonder for my body image. If you’re dealing with major health problems for long stretches of time, it does a wonder for your ‘couldn’t give a shit’ quotient. So what if this presciption gives me acne? It also keeps me here. I think relinquishing a lot of those concerns takes off some off the burden and gives you a (relative) lightness of being (though periodic medical leaves help) that radiates out of you. Or something corny.

  47. snowball says:

    She’s beautiful and I totally love that she embraces her body. But I agree with @wondering up there. Just because she pops her head out and is all Zen and enlightened about her body image, why is she gorgeous and a hero and people like Jessica Simpson are worthy of scorn and ridicule when she tries in her own way to talk about her vision of beauty? Because they don’t dress the same way? Because Jess isn’t Jessica Rabbit bombshell sexy?

    I’m not buying the argument that it’s about wardrobe either, because Jessica gets crap even when she’s wearing nice things to events. She may not wear things cut down to her navel or strapless dresses that barely cover her aureoles, but she isn’t a troll.

    There’s a big double standard and it’s funny that it just happens to not be between the curvy women and the skinny.

    I think Christina is a very beautiful woman and she’s got a stunning body. But I am totally over listening to her go on and on about how much she loves herself. If all that came out of a say, Megan Fox’s mouth, I don’t think everyone would love it so much.

  48. Canucklehead says:

    Hottest. Actress. Ever.

  49. Tit4Yay says:

    Dingles you are a NUT! LOL. She is gorgeouse and I think she was born in the wrong time with that Marilyn Monroe, Jane Mansfield physique. I watch the show just to look at her and how she fill out those outfits. Personally I do not see what is soo sexy about a woman with the shape of a 9yr. old girl that people fill like is the epitone of sexiness.

  50. Liana says:

    @Liana: Let’s be friends. Can we send that letter that Salma Hayek as well?


  51. Kim says:

    This will sound weird, but you know she’s legit because she mentions a snack that’s for real. Chips and french onion dip are a delicious and irresistible combination. When someone like Ashlee Simpson is trying to convince everyday people that she eats food, she always mentions something generic, i.e., “I love pizza!” and it’s like, bitch, you just said the first thing you could think of because you haven’t eaten real food in years. Our girl Christina, on the other hand, knows good snacking because she actually eats. In short: I love this woman.

  52. M says:

    she’s beautiful!