In person, Hendricks more than lives up to the hype – flirty, chatty and utterly charming, she makes a mean gimlet and tells some good stories.
In a GQ.com exclusive interview with this month’s cover star, we ask her about fan reactions, her hopes for Joan in the future and how it feels to be a pinup…
GQ: What’s more unpleasant on set – being in incredibly tight clothing or smoking fake herbal cigarettes?
Christina Hendricks: I adore the incredibly tight clothing!
My own wardobe’s changed – I’ve streamlined a little bit and definitely learnt from Joan’s sleekiness and tailoring.
As for the herbal cigarettes, for the most part I don’t smoke as much as the guys do.
I’m usually just strutting around a bit more so I don’t actually have to be inhaling it.
I’m lucky because I do have scenes where the cigarettes work beautifully to punctuate certain things I’m saying.
Obviously one of our all-time favourite scenes is the lipstick test in the two-way mirror in season one…That scene is perfect for Joan.
She’s controlling the women – she has more knowledge than them – and she’s also manipulating the men at the same time.
I lean over and I quite simply show my ass to the men. When I read it I just thought it was so fabulous.
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