'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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Head Diva In Charge on

She is amazing! No one will ever be good enough as far as the media goes. If she looses weight then she has an “eating disorder”, if she doesn’t “then she if fat”. I think she is perfect…and trust me, those jerky guys who say she is fat or chubby – if they saw her working the counter at the local GAP store they would be ALL OVER HER. Thank you for bringing back glam Christina!

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Kristin on

Christina is GORGEOUS, but I totally agree with G.G. We need to start embracing all women’s body types and celebrating how healthy and happy women look naturally, realizing that everyone is different. Christina is a great role model for this. I think she has helped a lot of women become more comfortable with themselves – probably more than she realizes. I love watching her on Mad Men and I’m sure both women and men around America agree!

Em. on

Christina Hendricks is so beautiful. And so talented too, and that should be the most important part, shouldn’t it?

Hubba Bubba on

The majority of these critics are gay men and have no business criticizing women over anything. It is just insulting!

People CanFan on

I think that Christina is the embodiment of what a real women should look like- lush, curvy and healthy.

I would kill to wake up any morning with her beautiful figure, porcelain skin and that gorgeous red hair.

Christina never doubt that you are a beautiful women and that all those that criticize are just jealous.

kingbiscuitpants on

she is easily the most beautiful woman in hollywood right now. I’m just being honest. Any critiqe likely came from some silly miserable anorexic with relationship issues. I worked as a bouncer for years in a strip club (to support my family for the record) so it takes a ridiculously gorgeous woman to even make me look up from a blogpost because I’m so desensitized & she is just dead beautiful.

bree on

She seems desperate for attention.

Erin on

She’s gorgeous…but I’d like her a lot more if she didn’t pose like that on a cover and then complain about everyone looking at her body before her work.

Shadow Step on

She clearly has a delicious body – I’d like to see her in the Superwoman movie *g*

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