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'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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shirley on

she is gorgeous, sexy, smart and a good actress. these other bimbos can’t hold a candle to her. she needs to close her ears to this BS and move on down the road….

Sofia on

Christina, honey:
You have an amazing body and one of the most pretty faces I’ve ever seen. I haven’t watch mad men yet, I don’t even now if the show airs in argentina but you shouldn’t feel nervous at all.You are beautiful period.
love, sofi

Jen DC on

Every time I see her, rational thought ceases – and I’m a straight woman. I mean, bam bam bam! If I were a man, I’d move to Hollywood or wherever she is and make a play for her. I’d stop short of being a stalker; no one likes a weirdo. But man… she’s just hot, old school, breast and hips hot. Don’t change a thing, honey! Ignore the “you’re too big” fools – they have a vested interest in keeping the waifs on the front cover and the diet industry in business.

Patti on

OMG-you people calling her a “big lady” and saying she “holds her weight well” DO NOT get the point. She is not over-weight by any means. She is curvy and beautiful. As for her “posing in lingerie while complaining about body scrutiny” being a bit rich. Hi, um, the point is she is saying, this is my body and it is hot, screw the scrutiny!!!!!!

Linda on

I’m a woman and think she’s gorgeous AND talented. However, if she has a problem with focus on her body, she shouldn’t appear on magazine covers in lingerie.

LisalovesAmelie on

Ellie, just because the American media, which many of them are foreign run, has an obsession with weight and appearance (and so do most foreign fashion mags for that matter), why lump all “us Americans” in together? I don’t have any friends who would call Ms. Hendricks anything other than beautiful exactly the way she is. Xenophobia — look it up… That being said, Christina Hendricks is stunning. She does not have a weight issue. She has a larger bust. You look at her waist, her arms, and anything else in regards to her figure and can see the obvious in that she is slender, healthy even. I think any woman who has as many people discussing her figure like she does would have insecurities. Hopefully, she has enough experience and self confidence to realize that this is just yet more fodder for selling papers and magazines. Don’t change a thing, Ms. Hendricks!

Cindy on

I think that she looks incredible……..I wish I could look like that! Why in the world would she be insecure about what people say when she looks great! Its because everyone thinks that if people arent a size 0, then they are fat!!!! Lets be realistic!

Christina Hendricks Covers NY Magazine in Corset (PHOTOS, VIDEO) on

[…] 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!” […]

carla on

when i saw christina for the first time on mad men the first words that entered my mind were “va va va voooooom” she is stunning and only wish i had the full package like she does – christina you are beautiful and i will but this issue just because you’re on it and to pin up the photos of you to remind ME that I’m beautiful too regardless if i’m 10lbs the weight i should be!

can’t wait to see what they have in store for your character on mad men!

Nick on

her boobs are humongous

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