Christina Hendricks' Red Hair? Thank 'Anne of Green Gables'
By PopEater Staff Posted Jul 12th 2010 12:53PM
Look, Christina Hendricks is great. Media coverage of her? Not so much. It's always quick hits about her body, her TV gig, her red carpet dresses or some other one-off curiosity. Thankfully the LA Times Magazine (seriously, LA Times -- thank you!) has assembled not only a fantastic photo shoot by photographer Joshua Jordan and stylist Hayley Atkin, but a thorough, engaging interview between writer Leslie Gornstein and the vixen behind Joan Holloway of 'Mad Men.'
After the jump, read about the first time Hendricks dyed her hair (she's not a natural redhead, but we think you'll forgive her), what she thinks of the Barbie modeled after her, and which quirky instrument she plays.
On dying her hair red for the first time -- which her parents not only condoned, but helped her with: "I was obsessed with the Canadian novel 'Anne of Green Gables.' I decided I was Anne of Green Gables. There was something that spoke to me about her, and I wanted to have her beautiful red hair. So my mother said, 'Let's just go to the drugstore and get one of those cover-the-gray rinses!' My hair was very blond at the time, but it went carrot red. And I was over the moon. I went to school the next day and felt like myself. And then I went back [to that color] over and over again. What a cool mom, right?"
The ladies of 'Mad Men' wear unwieldy retro underwear faithful to the '60s: "We're so used to it now, but those undergarments really aren't made for relaxing. If I get my entire costume on, and I have to wait a few hours for my next scene, I have to learn how to position myself, otherwise the boning presses into my guts! It can really hurt those internal organs! I have this little war wound -- a blister from wearing a garter the other day for 17 hours."
What's she think of the Joan Holloway Barbie? "I have only seen pictures of her so far. It's amazing! I am such a girlie girl -- such a Barbie girl. Am I weird if I want to give a bunch of them to my friends and mom and stuff? I'll get one for everybody, and I'm sure my friends will be like, 'Gee, thanks for the doll ... of you.'"
Did Woody Allen really burn her for a role, saying she was "too sweet"? "I think that comment was probably snipped out of an entire paragraph of something I said. Essentially, this is what happened: I auditioned for this sort of crass, cockney character -- very, very blue collar and a little rough around the edges. And he said he felt I wasn't rough enough and, in that context, maybe I was a little too sweet."
That crazy Broken Bells music video where she plays an android with removable limbs: "I don't know them, but I am fans of the guys [Brian 'Danger Mouse' Burton and the Shins' James Mercer]. My manager just said, 'This kind of weird thing came across my door -- would you be interested?' I thought it was a really interesting concept, and I'm obviously a huge music fan, so I said sure."
After a three-episode stint on sci-fi show 'Firefly': "I still get letters from people who watched the show -- I get more 'Firefly' than 'Mad Men' letters."
She plays accordion: "I started taking lessons four or five years ago. It is such a rich instrument for one person. You can get so much out of it, like a one-man band. I also think it's a very romantic instrument, and it channels all the things I love -- French culture, Tom Waits -- and all the things I try to make my house look like."
Tom Waits was one of the best gigs she's ever seen. And dinner was good, too: "I got to have dinner with him. I talked more to his wife than to him, and I'm sure they wouldn't even remember having dinner with me -- but I got to sit there and watch him eat food, which was a huge thrill for me."
Enjoy the full interview from the LA Times Magazine.
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Christina Hendricks attends the Costume Institute Gala Benefit to celebrate the opening of the "American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity" exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum on May 3 in New York City. More photos >>
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