Christina Hendricks and her cleavage cover the new issue of The Hollywood Reporter, and while Mad Men fans love her icy character Joan Harris, Christina tells the magazine she wasn't so sure about the curvy alpha female in the beginning.
“I thought Joan was such a b***h, and I struggled sometimes trying to make her as real as possible because I thought, who would be so mean?” she tells THR. "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."
She's told Cosmopolitan UK she was shocked when Joan got so much press for her figure, which she found "flattering." Her assets were especially highlighted in the May 27 show, when Joan slept with a Jaguar executive in order to secure the big car account and leveraged that into a partnership in Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce. A shrewd, albeit not particularly feminine, move.
Christina, who was virtually unknown before creator Matthew Weiner gave her a big break with Joan, has managed to parlay that success into cool projects like the movie Drive, opposite Ryan Gosling.
She tells the magazine that she'd love to do a Woody Allen movie, work with Tim Burton and Wes Anderson, and wear a great corset in a Western, perhaps.
"Once you're out of [Mad Men] and modern Christina is in jeans and a T-shirt, you don't see Joan," she adds. "It's easy to imagine me as someone else."