Christina Hendricks is “thrilled” to be thought of as a pinup

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Christina Hendricks is the September cover girl for GQ UK. Okay, why does NO ONE know how to style her? She’s so, so pretty and she has this killer figure, and yet in photo shoot after photo shoot, Christina proves that stylists don’t have any idea what to do with a pale redhead. It’s almost like stylists are completely befuddled when someone doesn’t look like Lindsay Lohan. Anyway… Christina talks about her body in this interview, just like she always does. I know, everyone is getting a little tired of reading her pro-curves interviews, and I think we’d all like to sit through one interview where she didn’t get any questions about her body. That being said, I think she’s still getting questions about her body because she’s just that bodacious, and – especially when it’s with a men’s magazine – people want to talk about it. And honestly, she doesn’t talk about it that much in this interview:

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 because 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 enthusiastic 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!

[From GQ UK]

SPOILERS for last night’s episode: Last night’s Mad Men had some really good moments for Joanie, and we found out that she’s still with her meatball husband, and that he hasn’t gone to Vietnam yet. We also found out that Roger Sterling is still really hot for Joanie (of course) and that she’s still awesome at her job and that she’s really wonderful at the head of the conga line. Also: Don Draper boned his secretary, so now we know that the newly single Don doesn’t have a huge problem with f-cking coworkers… so when are he and Joanie going to do it?!?

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Photos via GQ UK online.

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  1. Gwen says:

    I would love a Joan/Don hookup! And it really is a shame with the crappy styling because she is so pretty.

  2. aenflex says:

    Don’t even know who she is? Now I might need to google..

  3. Tay says:

    Obviously that’s her goal with the supersized looking implants and how she dresses to spotlight them. She’s ridiculous looking.

  4. Eileen says:

    I love her and her curves! And she looks hot on the cover. Whoever did her make-up should NEVER put blue eyeshadow and pink lipstick on a redhead with pale skin. I have auburn hair and I stick with gray, brown and peach.

  5. jane says:

    Ummmm…I dont think her boobs are fake.

  6. meme says:

    Jeesh, does no one know how to style this woman for photoshoots? Ms. Hendricks is beautiful, these pics are awful and her boobs aren’t fake.

  7. mAnDa3 says:

    I don’t think she is pretty enough. I wouldn’t consider her pin up material. Maybe SLUT material.

  8. original kate says:

    she looks like she was styled by a mortician. scarlett johansan has the same problem – it’s like nobody knows what to do with pale skinned, curvy women.

  9. Team Bethenny says:

    He didn’t bone his secretary. He fell asleep, the pants never came off and the Hammster never saw the light of day.

  10. Riley says:

    Are you serious? They look like they were bolted on. Maybe she started out decent sized, then got them super sized. She also seems to be trying to make a career on them and women like this are growing tiresome.

  11. Maritza says:

    She is beautiful and her boobs are not fake. She looks like a porcelain doll.

  12. Terry says:

    Fake fake fake. She’s silly looking. Can’t stand watching her and she never misses a chance to parade the fakers around. That’s all actresses have become – their breasts, and they willingly comply

  13. grrrrlgrace says:

    She’s playing the part of who that particular girl is in that particular office…a strutter. It’s a vital piece of Joan’s value to the firm. It doesn’t make it right, by any means, but yeh…this is a major portion of how she smooths things over and gets the job done in the agency. The men don’t see her other skills as all they see are her ti*s. However I think she plays the part well.

    I don’t love her, but I don’t see anything wrong or annoying about her. SHe’s gorgeous, that’s for sure! I can think of several other actresses who are simultaneously enjoying their 15 min of fame who are a lot more grating and less talented.

  14. Eileen says:

    Her boobs are absolutely not fake, and good for her for embracing her curves. I have big boobs too, that I hate BTW, and when in an awesome bra they look fake, but trust me, let them down and they are up there on the National Geographic’s saggiest boobs list. I wear sports bras to bed and never go braless anywhere to try to keep them perky, but two babies and yo-yo weight loss won out! =(
    How can ladies on here STILL be catty about a woman posing in a men’s magazine looking fabulous with REAL body parts and still rip her apart? Isn’t this what we are constantly asking for? To advertise a healthy body weight and natural bodies on magazines more? They do it and now she is just throwing her big boobs in our faces. Just can’t please anyone.

  15. Ruffian9 says:

    Freakin’ gorgeous. That is all.

    mAnDa3:”Maybe SLUT material” ???? WTF? Based on what?

  16. Gia says:

    @Manda3: A woman who embraces her curves is slut material?

  17. EnoughAlready says:

    Okay people. She is ALL WOMAN – not fake at all! Curves, extra weight, everything. I agree that most actresses have implants but NOT THIS ONE. I also happen to think she looks gorgeous in these photos. Why all the haters? I guess all the anorexic women who read this site are so jealous they can’t breathe. Have fun eating those fingernails for dinner!

  18. dr_bambi says:

    Terry, her boobs are real. She’s an actress- Joan is a part- strutting is a trait of the character. When CH has played other roles, such as Saffron in firefly, she had a completely different persona sans strutting. Acting. Check into it.

  19. Me says:

    I wouldn’t want to look like her but she really is perfect! When all those special features come together, the result must be an unbelieveably gorgeous woman. She is good enough to eat :-)

  20. The Hamm is My Dream Man says:

    She’s gorgeous and her boobs are definitely NOT fake.

    Aside from that, I think Don passed out on top of her or he lost his wood and was embarrassed about it. It’s hard to tell because they didn’t exactly spell it out.

  21. BW says:

    Her boobs are not fake. Watch her in Firefly as her character is braless and they are hanging down to her waist.

  22. lucy2 says:

    Unless I missed it, aside from the one line pin up comment, her figure was not discussed at all. In fact, I thought it was a great interview about working on the show and the character.

    I like her – she’s excellent in her role as Joan, who I’m convinced is probably the smartest and most capable person in the whole firm. It’s also nice to see some variety in the shapes and sizes of people on TV – I think she’s real, and gorgeous. Though I agree stylists never know what to do with her.

  23. lola lola says:

    She is gorgeous but it’s a shame everytime she is styled its all about the boobs. She’s got so much more going than just that.

  24. vico says:

    Sorry, she’s beautiful but something’s just off with her neck or shoulders or the way she holds her head forward…something is weird. And if we’re talking pinup like Marilyn Monroe, Jayne Mansfield or Betty Grable, no way does she come close. They were so much more than boobs and a hit tv show. No hate, she’s just not in the same universe.

  25. Kiska says:

    She’s got the body that men crave. It’s that old world classic style of beauties like Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe.

  26. irishserra says:

    Yes, the photos and magazine cover are obviously the work of a push-up and photoshop. She is definitely lop-sided and natural, which I love about her.

    Also, I find the warped viewpoint of the actresses of the old Hollywood era as classy very amusing. Actresses back then HAD to slag their way to the top and they willingly did so; it just wasn’t talked about; hence the illusion of class. Hollywood was all smoke and mirrors. It still would be if not for the media and Internet which allow every one of us a glimpse into the private lives of these people.

  27. Risa says:

    Ho-lee crap… I wish I looked like that… screw heroine chic bull $hit.

  28. Naomi says:

    She’s the closest to Jessica Rabbit, in my opinion anyway.
    Just a shame no-one knows how to style her.
    Seems they only want to accentuate her boobs,
    and screw whether the make-up looks good on her or not.

  29. Tina says:

    You’re wrong, she looks fabulous! The hair is a bit much, but the outfits & makeup are great.

  30. Sans says:

    I think she looks wonderful all the way around. Her and January Jones are the only reason I’m going to start checking out Mad Men.

  31. Emily says:

    Her boobs are real. I don’t understand how people can say they aren’t-we see so many hard, perfectly spherical implants on other celebrities, how can anyone think these are the same?

    Oh, if I was styling her, I’d put her in jewel tones-some dark greens, blues and purples. I LOVE those colours on gingers.

  32. vico says:

    Does not compare to a genuine Hollywood Pinup Star. A TV boob star, period. Standards are so low today.

  33. KO says:

    My boyfriend is subscribed to GQ. They feature her quite often, and I love reading it!

  34. Luci says:

    its funny everyone’s “pro-curves”
    like that skinny girl January Jones http://www.celebitchy.com/wp-content/plugins/ttftitles/cache/3fc2fadaece593ccc9e77219d57ee40a.gif
    WTF??
    Christina is honest! (plus she’s great!)

  35. Missfit says:

    See, if a woman is too skinny, she’s ridiculed (like Angelina), then if she’s meaty like this one or Michelle Trachtenberg, she’s ridiculed anyway. I think Angelina Jolie is beautiful based on her beauty and the things she does and who she is as a person now, not her being so thin. I think she’d be HOT no matter if she was thin or curvy like this woman here. I don’t even know who this lady is, I’ve never watched that show…but I think she’s beautiful as well. It’s about time some curvy women start coming back, enough with the skinny crap. She would be just as fine with black eyeliner and red lipstick. I love the hair and yes, she can most definitely pass for a pinup. ;)

  36. autotron says:

    Um, this woman IS skinny. She just happens to also have big breasts. And you all find this refreshing, HOW?