'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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Ann on

I have watched all three seasons of Mad Men and she is a fantastic actress. Her figure understandably draws a lot of attention because she is the only one who looks like a female instead of a pre-pubescent boy.

ALM on

Hey boys, that’s what REAL boobs look like. Take your silicone and stuff it…

Baby Cheetah on

Love her. It’s so great to see a women who looks likes the rest of us.HOllywood needs to get a grip and realize MEN & WOMEN want to see more relaistic looking images on screen. They don’t have a clue as to what is beautiful> Thank you Christina you are an inspiration.

6877SS on

Christina is so much more beautiful, talented and real than the sickly looking, plastic surgery-enhanced fakes that are so prevalent today. Doesn’t matter if she had B cups or DDD cups. Megan Fox, Heidi Montag, or any of those types have NOTHING on her.

Be proud of yourself Christina, you rock!

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Frederika on

She is a true women! Curves and everything! STUNNING. Don’t change a thing, don’t even lose a pound, because you are perfect as is. Ignore all those jerks that say you are a ‘big girl’.

don't blame media on

i don’t blame the media for US women being insecure about their weight/looks. Ignore it. Stop buying all the fashion mags or be more vocal about what you are willing to PAY MONEY for and they will give it to you. For the record, the reason models look like clothes hangers is bc it is easier for designers to have one size (a sample size) to make their designs for instead of having to fit each one separately. and if the woman has no shape (the little boy body as some term it), then you don’t have to worry about how the dress will hang. you know already. I DO, however, blame hwood and the media for the pressure they put on actresses and models. but the general populace should be smart enough to realize the same rules don’t apply to them. they sit in an office all day on their arses and eat fast food for lunch. these people have the money and impetus to get personal trainers and specialized diets. Why would you compare yourselves to them?

Vivian on

I’m a new Mad Men fan…it’s one of the best shows on TV. I think Christina Hendricks is one of the most gorgeous women on the planet. She ranks right up there w/ Grace Kelly and Marilyn Monroe in the looks department. Her face and body are flawless. I wish she had her own show! (Kind of a Sex and the City in the 60s)

Anyway, she is a goddess!

(For the record, I’m a 35 year old married mom!)

PJ on

Christina is a beautiful woman. I’d much rather have her curves then be skinny as a rail.

Olivia on

This is what a woman is supposed to look like.
She is the perfect example of womanhood.
She is about as sexy as it gets. Please don’t let the negatives get to you. You are beautiful and perfectly built. Flaunt your beauty!!!!

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