Fun fact: At the age of 10, inspired by the redheaded protagonist of the Canadian novel Anne of Green Gables, Christina Hendricks dyed her blonde hair. Decades later, still rocking the red, she shot to fame as Joan Holloway on AMC’s Mad Men, a role that has netted the Tennessee native four Emmy nominations… and a spokesbabe gig with Johnnie Walker. We caught up with her recently at a tasting for the brand’s new Platinum Label and learned a few other fun facts. Read—and see—more from her on the following pages…
We at Made Man are big fans of Mad Men, and you. We’re sort of like semi-sympatico, right? Of course.
And we’re here tasting Scotch, so what are your thoughts on a man who drinks Scotch and Scotch-like beverages? I think it’s sexy when a man orders Scotch. There’s something about the richness and smell—it’s undiluted and classic, and all those sorts of things that make it seem like a bold choice.
You star on a show in which we’re starting to see gender roles really shift. What would you say Mad Men can teach the men of today about what it means to be a man? Oh wow, that’s a big question. I think one of the reasons people have responded to the show so much is that it seems like such a foreign world, the way people are behaving and the way people are treating one another, and yet I am constantly meeting people who say, “I worked on Madison Avenue, I worked in that office, I was that woman, I was that man.” And they’re young people that I’m talking to….
Right... So I think it sort of starts conversation about how our parents acted and how our grandparents acted and how different we are now… and I think the answer is that no one really knows. And has it changed that much?
It’s changed less than we think, on some level… Maybe less than we think. But that’s why I’m proud to be on that show, it brings up those questions and it causes conversation about it.
What would you say the Mad Men men do better than today’s man, in terms of style or anything else? One thing I always miss is, I wish men wore more hats.
Knew I should have worn the fedora. D’ohhh… I love the fedora. I like wearing one myself. As we move into the late ’60s though, the fashions are becoming quite experimental, as you may have seen in the last season. Maybe men should be more experimental.
OK, like not afraid to do their own thing… Yeah.
No matter what era we’re talking about, what’s the number one thing a man can do to woo a woman such as yourself? Have a great sense of humor. Stand out as an individual. Confidence. Those are all personality traits that I’m drawn to.
OK. So Michael Ginsberg brought the moustache into the Mad Men mix, and we at Made Man are proud partners with Movember, the cancer-fighting, mo-growing charity. What are feelings about a man with facial hair? I think it’s constantly changing, you know? I mean, remember when everyone had a goatee? And then you were like, “oh no, he’s got a goatee.” And then moustaches were taboo for so long, and now they’re sexy again. You heard it here, it’s true.
The DVD of Season 6 is coming out November 5th. What can we expect from your character and the rest of the gang in Season 7 next year? I wish I knew one thing. I truly know not one thing yet. Matt is being incredibly private about what’s coming up, obviously it’s our final season, so the secrecy of that is incredibly important, as it’s always been. We’ve never snitched a word over the years, we think that really helps with the audience’s enjoyment. But I’m sure Matt’s going to come up with something brilliant.