Mad Men star Christina Hendricks is ready to get back to work. After a long hiatus due to a dispute between AMC and the show’s creator, Matthew Weiner, the Emmy-nominated actress is happy to report that the cast will be back on set next month.
Hendricks, 35, who plays office bombshell Joan Holloway, has kept busy while show negotiations took place behind the scenes. In addition to filming two new movies, I Don’t Know How She Does It with Sarah Jessica Parker, and Drive with Ryan Gosling and Carrie Mulligan, she’s also teamed up with the Make-A-Wish Foundation and LATISSE to encourage women to help raise $500,000 so a wish can be granted in every Make-A-Wish chapter across the country.
The actress talked to Parade.com about getting back to the Mad Men set, and how her own childhood wish came true.
Heading back to the 1960s for season five.
“Yes, we’re going to get back to filming next month. We don’t have an exact date, but we’re all very anxious and excited. I want to get the show back on the air because I know lots of people are waiting!”
She had no doubt that the series would get back on track.
“I always had faith that everything was going to go fine. [Series creator] Matt Weiner is an incredible producer and writer and creator of our show. He’s very passionate about it and really held firm to what he wanted and what was best for the show. There wouldn’t be a show without him, so I knew it was going to work out. It just took a little while.”
Will both Christina (whose character learned she was pregnant during the season four finale) and co-star January Jones be sporting baby bumps this season?
“That’s a good question! I don’t know what’s going to happen yet. I know the writers are in the room working away and I’m going to go in and try to get some hints, but generally we don’t know what’s going to happen until we get that first script. So that makes me really excited to find out because I don’t even know.”
She didn’t expect her sex appeal to be a focus of Mad Men.
“When we did the pilot, that was not something that we discussed as a trait for Joan. This is something that’s developed as a combination of the costuming on the show, the hair and makeup, my portrayal of the role, and Matt’s writing. It all kind of came together and that became much more of a focus later. It was just something the audience brought attention to.”
She wants the attention on her talent, not her famous figure.
“I just have so many other things that I’m excited about. I’m really passionate about my acting and my career and the movies I’ve been working on.”
On her upcoming film How Does She Do It, alongside Sarah Jessica Parker.
“I play Sarah Jessica’s best friend and partner in crime. We’re sort of these harried, rushed business women and I’m there commiserating with her on the side. We’re trying to be perfect mothers and perfect business women and perfect wives. It is a dream to work with Sarah Jessica Parker. She’s everything you want her to be: She’s incredibly smart and talented and gracious and very giving as an actress. I just absolutely adore her.”
Why the Idaho native doesn’t let the spotlight get to her.
“I know how lucky I am, and I don’t take it for granted. A lot of us had been working for awhile before we even got Mad Men, and we know how hard it can be to get a great job, especially something as extraordinary as this. I think we’re just so darn grateful every day that it just makes you check into reality. When we walk on set ,we’re just happy to be there. That keeps you in the real world.”
On why she decided to team up with Latisse and the Make a Wish Foundation.
“When I was in first grade, there was a little girl in my class who was with the Make a Wish Foundation, and her dream was to meet Erik Estrada from CHiPs, which I think is adorable. He came and visited her in the hospital and I just remember thinking, ‘Wow, that’s such an amazing thing.’ What a special thing for children who are going through horrible operations and they get to have something exciting to look forward to and to talk about. It’s pretty great. I got to meet Erik Estrada years later and I told him the story and he was like, ‘I remember that!'”
On having her own wish of becomming an actress come true.
“I’ve always been sort of a ham. I was always attracted to the arts, even at a very young age. I was in dance classes and in theater productions. It’s something that came really naturally to me. I was a little Goth kid in high school and dyed my hair purple, but I was still doing performances and acting. I just looked very dramatic with my purple hair!
Do redheads have more fun?
“Tough call. Purple is awfully flattering, but red suits me better now!”