Christina Hendricks has dwelt on all the attention that was placed on her figure during her time in Mad Men.
The actress, 46, who played Joan Holloway for eight years, also spoke about sexism in the entertainment industry and the times in her career when people “tried to take advantage” of her in a candid interview with the guard.
About a fixation on her shape, Joan said, “There was certainly a time when we were very critically acclaimed and given a lot of attention for our very good work and our very hard work, and everyone just wanted to ask me about my bra.”
Note: Christina Hendricks has reflected on the attention that was placed on her figure during her time on Mad Men, saying that the show was critically acclaimed, but ‘everyone just wanted to ask me about my bra’
Following the confused lives of the staff of a Manhattan advertising agency from the 1960s, Mad Men aired from 2007-2015 and featured stars such as Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, January Jones and John Slattery.
Christina also discussed sexism and harassment in the industry after the Me Too movement, saying she doesn’t know “one model or actor” who has escaped that.
The Good Girls star spoke candidly about her personal experience, saying she had to deal with people trying to “force” her on previous projects.
She said, ‘I’ve had moments – not on Mad Men; about other things – where people have tried to take advantage of me, use my body in a way I didn’t feel comfortable with, persuade or coerce me, or shame me professionally.”
Fencing Star: The 46-year-old actress played Joan Holloway for eight years and also spoke about sexism in the entertainment industry
The actress added that her background in modeling may mean she could immediately “get on the phone” and resolve any instances of this.
And while acknowledging the issues, Christina said entertainment gets a lot of attention because the stars are famous, saying “the same certainly happens” in other industries where people aren’t well known.
Christina also pondered the allegations against show creator Matthew Weiner by writer Kater Gordon in 2017, two years after Mad Men ended.
In response, Christina explained that she never had a “toxic” relationship around Weiner and added that he expected a lot from actors on his show.
Candid: Christina also shared her personal experience, saying she has dealt with people who have tried to ‘force’ her on previous projects (pictured center with Mad Men co-stars Elisabeth Moss, January Jones)
Notes: She added that entertainment gets a lot of attention because the stars are famous, saying that “the same thing definitely happens” in other sectors where people are not as well known
However, she told the publication that she “doesn’t diminish anyone’s experience if I wasn’t there to see it” and that Weiner was “a perfectionist” and was “hard” on actors to get the best out of them.
In November 2017, Weiner’s former assistant and Mad Men writer Kater Gordon accused him of sexual harassment.
Gordon claimed in an interview with The Information at the time that while he was collaborating on a script for the Mad Men season two finale, Weiner “told me I owed him an obligation to show him naked.”
She was later fired by phone by Weiner just before the show’s fourth season.
The writer and producer claimed he really didn’t remember making the accused comment, adding that he thought he didn’t say it in comments to The New York Times.
“I mean, Hangover and I were in a room for six months, six days a week, nine hours a day, and I don’t remember having that attitude,” he told the newspaper.
‘I didn’t have that feeling for her. I was amazed to be told that so many years later. We worked together for a year and it didn’t work out.’
Weiner also denied the allegations when they later resurfaced while speaking in front of a Los Angeles audience.
‘The allegations are not true, and (this) is a very important topic and a topic that I have devoted – it has been an obsession of mine, in my work and in my life, for about 92 hours of the show; we wanted people to have this conversation,” the then 52-year-old said. “It’s great that we have it. It is a very serious matter.’
Hit: Mad Men, which followed the lives of the staff of a Manhattan advertising agency from the 1960s, broadcast from 2007-2015 with Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, January Jones and John Slattery