Christina Hendricks Covers 'Hollywood Reporter'
Here’s what the 37-year-old Mad Men star had to share:
On playing Joan: “I thought [she] was such a bitch [at first], and I struggled sometimes trying to make her as real as possible because I thought, who would be so mean? People always ask me if I’m worried about being pigeonholed as Joan, but there isn’t another character like her. The show takes place in the 1960s and has such a specific mood and quality to it.”
Co-star John Slattery on Christina: “People want to think because of how stunning she is that she’s just this torpedo, but she’s way more complicated than that. My first scene was walking in with Don Draper at the end of a scene in which she’s telling Peggy to, ‘Go home, take a paper bag, tear out two eye holes and put it over your head.’ I didn’t know what I was getting myself into until I saw her. It was that scene that kind of woke me up to the potential for this whole thing.”
Creator Matthew Weiner on Joan’s evolution: “She was not at all what I expected to cast. I thought Joan would be more like an Eve Arden type, that she would just be Peggy’s friend. Christina brought all of this power, sexuality and confidence, and I recognized this dynamic between her and Peggy. I thought, this is going to be interesting to see how this office works, especially since I had been so influenced by the books Sex and the Single Girl and The Feminine Mystique.”
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