'Mad Men' Star Christina Hendricks On Body Scrutiny: 'It Kind of Hurt My Feelings'

02/15/2010 at 03:49 PM ET

courtesy of New York Magazine

Judging from her lingerie-clad appearance on the cover New York magazine’s Spring Fashion issue, you might not guess that Mad Men star Christina Hendricks would be self-conscious about her voluptuous figure. But after her curves started attracting more attention than her acting, culminating in last month’s flap over her Golden Globes appearance, the 34-year-old actress says she couldn’t help but feel embarrassed by the scrutiny. “It kind of hurt my feelings at first,” she admits. “Anytime someone talks about your figure constantly, you get nervous, you get really self-conscious. I was working my butt off on the show, and then all anyone was talking about was my body!” And despite her old-Hollywood looks, the actress, who will reprise her role as Joan Holloway on next season’s Mad Men, says fans are always surprised when they spot her in real-life — without her retro-fitting garb. “The way we dress on Mad Men is so associated with old photographs, with people’s parents and grandparents,” she says. “In person, I wear jeans and flip-flops and people are so shocked. They tell me I look so much younger than they expected.” But as for her weight and other body-related questions, Hendricks says she’s so over talking about it. “It just leaves a bad taste in my mouth,” she says. For more on Christina Hendricks, visit nymag.com.–David Yi

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Patti on

Christina needs to know those few “critics” of her are not the majority. She is a stunning woman and someone all girl should aspire to look like. I would love to have her figure, I know my boyfriend would also love it.

Cass on

I love her! She is my idol and hero and I’m comfortable with my curves because of her. I hope she’s a part of Hollywood for years to come!

jwb on

Posing in lingerie while complaining about body scrutiny is a bit rich, Christina.

sh_min on

I think that true beautiful woman’s body is healthy one than skined or thin one.

KD on

This woman is smoking. I could only hope that my body looks that good. I am not thin by any means. My husband says “Real women have curves.” And I love him for it. I am so happy that some people do not care about weight and that some love us just for being women! You’re gorgeous, Girl. No one can put you down!

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[...] She said, “It kind of hurt my feelings at first.  Anytime someone talks about your figure constantly, you get nervous, you get really self-conscious.  I am working my butt off on the show, and then all anyone was talking about was my body!” [...]

G.G. on

She’s definitely a gorgeous woman, that’s for sure. And it’s true that it’s about time that normal sized women were celebrated and appreciated. But let’s not assume also that all women look like that either. Some women are naturally thin, petite or willowy….it doesn’t make them any less “female” or attractive if they don’t have all of Christina Hendricks’ gorgeous curves! But it’s so refreshing to see women that don’t all look the same on magazine covers and represent the fact that women come in all shapes and sizes and are all gorgeous in their own way.

Marilyn on

You go, girl! Big ladies are people too!

Rebekah on

I would give anything to look like her. How can she be criticized. Some people are NUTS.

Andrea on

Ellie,
I agree with your sentiment, but there’s no reason to generalize to all Americans. Fashion magazines and Hollywood do not represent the 300+ million people that live here. I think this woman is gorgeous and more importantly, is a spectacular actress who just completely nails this role. Just because one moron in the fashion world criticized her red carpet dress doesn’t mean that an entire society doesn’t appreciate her beauty.

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