Christina Hendricks on ‘Mad Men’

The actress tells us about "the Joan walk," her appearance in Drive and her response to the Wonder Woman rumors.

Fred Topelby Fred Topel

Christina Hendricks was being even cagier about season five of "Mad Men" than Matthew Weiner and Jon Hamm. But with shorter answers I got to ask her a lot more questions. I got up close and personal with that bright red hair, even lovelier in person than in HD, when the cast of "Mad Men" met the Television Critics Association at a cocktail party earlier this year.


CraveOnline: Can we say what Joan is dealing with this year?

Christina Hendricks: I can’t really say. A lot though. A lot.

CraveOnline: What was the period of uncertainty like for you when you didn’t know if the show was coming back?

Christina Hendricks: It didn’t really feel like a period of uncertainty. It just felt like a long break.

CraveOnline: Is the Joan walk something you’re conscious of?

Christina Hendricks: Definitely not when I work. It’s just all the mannerisms, the way that we become these different characters, the voice changes a little bit and the walk changes a little bit and the way I use my hands changes a little bit. So it just happens when I go to work, but it seems to come up on interviews and on talk shows and things.

CraveOnline: Are you getting any nice juicy long passages of dialogue in season five?

Christina Hendricks: Long juicy passages? Yeah.

CraveOnline: I didn’t mean for that to be a spoiler.

Christina Hendricks: But I answered it with as much information as I’m allowed.

CraveOnline: A lot of people like to suggest you for Wonder Woman even though it’s not happening. Is that flattering for you?

Christina Hendricks: Sure! Wonder Woman’s great so yeah. It’s this really funny rumor that really picked up momentum and it’s incredibly flattering, but there’s no action behind it. [Laughs]

CraveOnline: You’ve been having a great film career. Are auditions easier now?

Christina Hendricks: Absolutely! Are you kidding me?

CraveOnline: So what is it like when you go read for someone now?

Christina Hendricks: The nice thing is a lot of people casting movies are fans of the show so that’s a nice start. You’ve already won them over a little bit with that and they’re rooting for you a little bit more so that’s nice. It’s very hard as an actress to walk into a room when no one knows who you are at all and try and convince them that you’re the answer to their problem.

CraveOnline: Have you ever run into the same casting director before and after "Mad Men?"

Christina Hendricks: Oh, all the time, yeah. All the time. They’re usually very nice and say congratulations and that they’re happy for us.

CraveOnline: Did you know when you were doing Drive that it was going to turn out as intense as it did?

Christina Hendricks: I didn’t know how people were going to respond to it. I knew it was going to be an intense movie because I had seen many other movies that the director had directed and intensity is his game.

CraveOnline: When you saw the slow motion shot of you in the car, what did you think of that shot?

Christina Hendricks: I thought it was great. I was clenching the chair. I think he does everything so beautifully that everything looks like a painting in some way. It’s so stylish and I knew to expect that of him so I was prepared to be wowed in that way.