Christina Hendricks, age 35, has been on a career trajectory more similar to Mad Men‘s Don Draper than office manager Joan Harris. She began her career playing the opportunistic intern on Showtime’s Beggars and Choosers, which led to a production deal with John Wells. Now she has her first Primetime Emmy nomination for drama supporting actress, along with Sharon Gless (Burn Notice), Rose Byrne (Damages), Christine Baranski (The Good Wife) and castmate Elizabeth Moss (Mad Men). Hendricks spoke with Ray Richmond for Deadline Hollywood about fame, Emmys and why she’s proud not to be a Size 2.
Deadline Hollywood: Can you go anywhere without being recognized?
Christina Hendricks: It’s taken me some time to adjust to that. It’s been a little bit of a whirlwind, going 0 to 60 in a couple of years. But what you strive for is career longevity. The success of the show hopefully contributes to that. I had done 4 series in four years leading into Mad Men, so I’ve been plugging away at things for quite some time. The show has built over our four seasons, and it’s pretty weird to all of a sudden have people recognizing my name for the first time. It’s a really surreal feeling. But I’m not quite at the point where I feel the need to wear disguises in public.
DH: Is it weird to be a sex symbol?
CH: You know, the good part about that is maybe I’ve contributed to helping women appreciate themselves the way they are, that we don’t all have to be a Size 2 to be beautiful. Anything I’ve done to help change people’s minds about that is something to be proud of, I think.
DH: And were you surprised by the Emmy nomination?
CH: I was. It’s pretty awesome. It was amazing enough just to be on this show the past couple of years when it won. That’s been incredible. But this is even better. Matt [Matthew Weiner] gave my character Joan a lot of really amazing material this past season. That’s why I got the Emmy nomination. You won’t hear me complaining.
DH: Can’t you complain about something?
CH: Well, it’s hard (more…)