Christina Hendricks on dyeing her blonde hair red: ‘There’s a lot less redheads’

Christina Hendricks has been open about the fact that she’s not a natural redhead. In 2011 she explained that she was “obsessed with Anne of Green Gables” as a child and that her mom helped her put a rinse in her blonde hair to achieve that look. In a new interview with Busy Philipps, Christina talked a little more about being a redhead. She said it helps her stand out and that she picked a category and went with it. Christina was wearing a really fug pink and red ruffle gown with sequin hearts on it, including two big hearts over her boobs. It looked like something Busy would wear and of course Busy loved it. Apparently Christina is a big fan of Busy’s show and of her experimental fashion. They also know each other from working together on the 2011 movie I Don’t Know How She Does It. Here’s what she said about her hair and marriage.

You are one of the world’s most famous redheads. You’re not a redhead you’re a blonde.
It’s true. I’m like orange is the new black of haircolors. I want to pick the category that’s going to work for me. There’s a lot less redheads so I’m just going to be a redhead.

I remember you on ER. You were blonde.
Yes I was blonde back then. You remember that? I was really young.

Can you believe you’re coming up on 10 years of being married?
I can’t believe. It does fly by. We always celebrate [our anniversary].

What month did you get married October? Maybe a Halloween theme.
You’re speaking my language. I love a theme, a costume, any reason to get dressed up.

Do you go for sexy Halloween costumes?
Never. I’m always something terrifying. I was Nosferatu a couple of years ago. My friends had no idea it was me.

I read an interview years ago that you never wear sweatpants around your husband
It’s true I’m a caftan girl. I have like 75 of Mr. Nightgown. I do it for me. At the end of the day I’m trying to be all fancy. Don’t guys just like a simple shirt or their shirt?

Did you get hit on a lot when you were playing Joan on Mad Men?
No I think people were scared of Joan. She was a badass.

[From Busy Tonight]

I love what she said about Halloween! I’m like that too, I try to look scary not sexy and I love dressing up. That must also be why Christina loves Busy’s fashion. There’s something so costumey about her outfits. As for being a redhead, as I’ve mentioned I’m not a natural redhead but I’ve been one in the past. It was fun and it does make you stand out, but now that I’m going gray it’s too much to keep up.

In another video Christina said that she’s only recently gotten into texting and that she takes it too seriously. She’s not on Instagram or Twitter so Busy read her some nice tweets about her. They also did a cute segment with Christina’s costar from Good Girls, Retta, where they decorated ski masks.

I watched the first couple episodes of Good Girls on Netflix and it was fun but not my style. I know it’s really popular though. Corey who used to work with us was an extra in one of their Atlanta airport scenes!

I looked and I couldn’t find any photos at our agencies of Christina Hendricks as a blonde from her ER era. She did go blonde for a minute in 2015 as part of her contract with Clairol. Here are some of those photos. The one at the bottom is of her at this year’s Vanity Fair Oscar Party.




Here’s the video!

photos credit: WENN

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  1. Holly says:

    Retta! Ruby Hill is the character, Retta is the goddess!

    • Kealeen says:

      Came here to say this. Retta deserves ALL the recognition and respect. Google “Retta opera” and enjoy.

    • Slowsnow says:

      Retta is a seriously good actress both comedy and drama. She needs to star in a film stat.

      • lucy2 says:

        I agree – I loved her so much on Parks & Rec, she’s the reason I tuned in to Good Girls (I like Christina and Mae also), but she’s also a great dramatic actress. I like the show and am glad it’s doing well for them.

      • me says:

        Did you watch Good Girls last night? I laughed so hard even though it was about a dead body. Retta’s expressions were priceless when she found out the lady had to chop the guys body up to fit it in the freezer. That woman is Gold.

  2. Veronica S. says:

    I’ve never gotten over the fact that her husband is the “The snozzberries really taste like snozzberries” from Super Troopers, lol.

    On a shallow note, she’s the definition of “built like a brick shit house.” Her body is something else, man. Just a stunning woman.

    • Lakota says:

      Is this a culture clash thing? Cos in the UK this would NOT be a compliment to a woman! ‘Built like a brick shithouse” is only used to describe a bloke here – probably someone who’d just tried to pick a fight with you (ie. huge and muscled/or tall and solid/fat and liable to snap you in half!). But if you said it about a woman you’d imagine the same build, and probably cause very hurt feelings!

      Edit: I’ve just googled and seen that in North America it’s a compliment to a woman. You learn something new everyday! Definitely not the same here!

      • Slowsnow says:

        I had the same reaction! I was like… where is @Veronica S going with this?

        Also find Hendricks insanely attractive.

      • Veronica S. says:

        Haha, yes, in America, it usually refers to women with very busty and/or curvaceous hourglass figures – i.e. just outrageously well built. It’s kind of implying her genetics went over the top building her.

        British/American slang differences are always so funny to me. “Fanny” is another good one. Same general anatomical region, but man does that focus of loci make all the difference.

      • SKF says:

        Yeah in Australia that is how you would describe a front-rower Rugby player – someone with a big head, no neck, huge shoulders, a wide body and thick legs. If you said that to a woman it would be really offensive. Why is that a positive in North America? What is attractive about brick shithouses? I mean, they are solid and squat and ugly – how does that describe CH for example?

      • Brie says:

        There’s the Commodores’ song “Brick House” that uses a variation of the phrase to describe a shapely woman. I always thought it was a weird way to compliment a woman’s physique.

      • Veronica S. says:

        The meaning of the phrase is interesting, IMO. The idea of a outhouse (“shithouse”) in America was just a roughly made shed that covered an outdoor bathroom in rural areas that lacked plumbing. They’re purposefully made somewhat flimsy and undecorated because they had one use.

        To have a “brick shithouse,” it means somebody put a lot of work, effort, and beauty into something otherwise common. It’s over the top. It’s ridiculous in its appealing qualities because it’s not necessary. In America, the phrase refers to the constructive effort of the object not the physicality of it. In other words, we’re complimenting the work (genetics, exercise, etc.) they went into the production of a dramatic female figure. It’s a slightly facetious phrase because it’s asking the question, “Did nature really need to give this size 4 woman perfect breasts and hips, or is it just to make the rest of us feel bad?”

      • manda says:

        I hate that expression. I guess it’s supposed to mean “solid”? or something.

      • Shan says:

        Lakota, I think it must just be in the US, not North America as a whole. Here in Canada I’ve never heard it used as a “what a hot, voluptuous woman” compliment – just the UK/AUS way.

      • jules says:

        Lol I had no idea this is what the song Brick House was about!!

    • Panini says:

      She’s beautiful but her implants look painful. They’re implants, sorry people! Google her old playboy pic for evidence.

  3. Muffy says:

    If anyone wants to see the photos of her as a blond, google: christina hendricks er joyce

  4. Marjorie says:

    Lots of times, including all of Joan Holloway Harris’s Mad Men time after the pilot, she’s wearing wigs. Love her though.

    • Esmom says:

      I’d also read that she wears wigs. I think the red hair is stunning on her. Like Nicole Kidman, blonde seems to wash her out.

  5. Esmom says:

    My hair is reddish blonde and when I was a kid I really, really wanted it to be redder because of Nancy Drew, lol. When I was in college I used red-tinted mousse a few times but that’s the furthest I’ve ever gone with coloring it. I don’t think I could deal with the maintenance. As it is I’m lucky to make it in for a haircut twice a year.

  6. Anastasia says:

    It’s fewer redheads, Christina.

    But I agree with everyone: red really is her color. She pulls it off well. I honestly thought she was a natural redhead!

  7. Shelley says:

    I think it is from the Commodores song “Brick House”. I never heard it before that. But I was young when it cane out. Generally we leave the shit part out!

  8. Agenbiter says:

    ‘Hendricks is a natural blonde and began coloring her hair red at age 10, inspired by the book Anne of Green Gables’

    (From her WP page)

  9. manda says:

    I wish ER was streaming somewhere. Is it on hulu? I would watch the hell out of some ER repeats

  10. Andrea says:

    Naturally, I have reddish but mostly brown hair. I used to dye it blonde but I now dye it red and pink. She is similar to me, we look better with red hair.

  11. Murphy says:

    Her stint on ER was short but pretty significant in terms of what it did with Abby and Kovac’s characters and their relationship.
    But her hair was red the whole time. Period.

    • amilou says:

      Hah. Thank you. A commenter above suggested googling “christina hendricks er joyce,” and every photo showed her with red hair.

  12. Lucy says:

    Same as Emma Stone!! They both would totally pass as naturals to me if I didn’t know they actually dye their hair.

  13. Huskerduer says:

    Is it only totally noticeable to me, that she wears a wig?