'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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L.C. on

I think this women has a smoking body and reflects what REAL women look like and what REAL men LIKE to look at. Not emaciated, bones sticking out everywhere with fake boobs nailed to a picket fence which has somehow been morphed into what is considered attractive by the media.

Ellie on

I Americans are just crude and rude in their obsession about weight, coming from a country where everyone is seriously obese and yet they have the NERVE to criticize this woman’s lovely curves.

Kristina looks AHHH-MAZING compared to all the bones and anorexic women on the front pages of every American magazine. I think she’s truly beautiful and women need to STOP focusing on all the beauty BS being spewed by the fashion world and just be themselves. I’d rather be healthy, than skinny and a dope addict any time.

WHO wants a THIN, SICKLY woman? That’s like hugging a broom for god sake. Yuck!

Maureen on

I would kill to look like her! She looks amazing!

Jon on

Aww, sorry those Body Scruntiny issues hurt her feelings, don’t let it get to you, Christina, just ignore him and keep your head up high!

Aimee on

I think she is beautiful and shouldn’t get her feelings hurt from a group of bottom feeders. I think she is one of the hottest women on tv today.

Dorothy on

I completely agree with Ellie! I was going to say something about it, but she pretty much summed it up. I think Christina Hendriks is beautiful

Eli on

I think she’s GORGEOUS, but ugh, the way she was styled and photographed on the cover does not do her justice. Her body looks great, but that weird giant fake ratty ponytail is icky, her bangs cover most of her face, and her makeup doesn’t do her any favors. Bad job, New York mag, cuz she is stunning and you screwed the pooch on that one.

Zaphod on

I am so sick of the media, especially the fashion media, criticizing people for their weight. First of all, Christina looked amazing in her gown and she looks equally amazing on the magazine cover. She looks… gasp!… like a WOMAN and not a pre pubescent school boy. Kim Kardashian used to have an hourglass figure as well, but now she’s taking it too far with the dieting and starting to lose the curves. Here’s a clue Hollywood and shallow fashion critics… MEN LIKE CURVES!! If we liked emaciated waifs, we’d be gay and date boys.

Leave Christina alone and stop perpetuating an unrealistic, unhealthy, unattractive stereotype to women which causes them to feel insecure and inferior. Women are worried about sexism in the workplace, maybe they should start looking toward the fashion industry instead.

lisa on

Thank you for being REAL! You look GREAT!

lisa on

Do not feel bad about how you look. You are a real woman with a real body that is fantastic!!!! I watch every episode of mad men and you are so beautiful on the show and off. Keep rockin the fab outfits!!!!!

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