Christina Hendricks

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Christina Hendricks
Christina Hendricks 3, 2012.jpg
Hendricks in October 2012
Born Christina Rene Hendricks
(1975-05-03) May 3, 1975 (age 39)
Knoxville, Tennessee, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1999–present
Spouse(s) Geoffrey Arend (m. 2009)

Christina Rene Hendricks (born May 3, 1975) is an American actress. She is known primarily for her role as Joan Harris in the AMC television series Mad Men and as Saffron on the FOX series Firefly. She has been nominated for five Emmy Awards for her work on Mad Men.

A poll of female readers taken by Esquire magazine named Hendricks "the sexiest woman in the world".[1] In 2010, she was voted Best Looking American Woman by Esquire magazine.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Hendricks was born in Knoxville, Tennessee. Her mother, Jackie Sue (née Raymond), was a psychologist. Her father, Robert Hendricks, who worked for the United States Forest Service, was from Birmingham, England.[3][4] Through her father, she has dual U.S./U.K. nationality.[5] Her family moved because of her father's profession, living in Fairfax, Virginia; Portland, Oregon; and Twin Falls, Idaho.[6]

Career[edit]

Hendricks began acting in children's musical theater productions in Twin Falls. She was a model from the ages of 18 to 27. She made a number of guest television appearances, starting as a regular in the series Beggars and Choosers. Since then, she has starred in the series The Big Time and The Court, opposite Sally Field and Craig Bierko, as well as the legal drama Kevin Hill, which was filmed in Fort Cobb, Oklahoma. She has also had recurring roles in ER and Firefly and guest-starred in episodes of Angel, Miss Match, Tru Calling, Presidio Med, Without a Trace, and Las Vegas. Hendricks starred opposite Kip Pardue in South of Pico. La Cucina, an award-winning indie film, premiered on Showtime in December 2009 and stars Hendricks as a writer opposite Joaquim de Almeida. She has appeared in four episodes of the NBC series Life in the recurring role of Olivia, detective Charlie Crews' soon-to-be stepmother and Ted Earley's love interest. She also starred in music videos for "The Ghost Inside" by Broken Bells,[7] and Everclear's "One Hit Wonder".[8]

She plays Joan Harris on the AMC series Mad Men where Hendricks' character is the office manager of advertising agency Sterling Cooper & Partners, providing mentoring to a group of women who must deal with the come-ons and callousness of professional advertising executives. Her performance has received critical praise, resulting in four Primetime Emmy nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in A Drama Series.

She appeared in the action-thriller Drive, directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, alongside Carey Mulligan and Ryan Gosling.[9] In 2014, she played the lead character in Gosling's directorial debut Lost River.[10]

Cultural influence[edit]

Hendricks has been credited as having an ideal shape for a woman.[11] British Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone praised Hendricks' hourglass figure as an ideal shape for women, saying "Christina Hendricks is absolutely fabulous... We need more of these role models. There is such a sensation when there is a curvy role model. It shouldn't be so unusual."[11] Los Angeles Times television critic Mary McNamara says her portrayal of Joan has revolutionized perceptions of beauty on television.[12] She has been called the "new modern ideal of Hollywood glamour—full figured, voluptuous; a throwback to the days of Marilyn Monroe, Jane Russell and Veronica Lake."[13] British designer Vivienne Westwood selected her to represent its "Get A Life" Palladium jewelry collection in March 2011. Westwood described Hendricks as "the embodiment of beauty."[14] A study by the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons attributed a 10% rise in 2010 of the number of British women receiving breast augmentation surgery in part to Hendricks' influence.[15]

Hendricks has moved away from accepting the term "full-figured" and once lambasted a reporter who angered her by using the term while interviewing her.[16] Hendricks commented in September 2010 that the media is too focused on women's bodies and not their actual talents, "I was working my butt off on the show [Mad Men] and then all anyone was talking about was my body."[17][18]

Personal life[edit]

Hendricks is a natural blonde and began coloring her hair red at the age of 10, inspired by the book Anne of Green Gables. She plays the accordion like her character Joan in Mad Men.[19]

In October 11, 2009, Hendricks married actor Geoffrey Arend.[20]

Filmography[edit]

Hendricks in March 2006 at the Los Angeles Wizard World comicon

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2002 The Big Time Audrey Drummond Television film
2003 Hunger Point Frannie Hunter Television film
2007 La Cucina Lily
2007 South of Pico Angela
2010 Leonie Catherine
2010 Life as We Know It Alison Novack
2011 The Family Tree Alicia
2011 All-Star Superman Lois Lane/Superwoman (voice) Direct-to-DVD
2011 Detachment Ms. Sarah Madison
2011 Drive Blanche
2011 I Don't Know How She Does It Allison
2012 Ginger & Rosa Natalie
2013 Struck By Lightning April
2013 From Up on Poppy Hill Dr. Miki Hokuto (voice) English Dub
2014 Lost River Billy
2014 The Pirate Fairy Zarina (voice)
2014 God's Pocket Jeannie Scarpato
2014 Dark Places Patty Day Post-production

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1999 Undressed Rhiannon 4 episodes
1999 Sorority Fawn Pilot
2000 Angel Bar Maid Episode: "The Prodigal"
2000–2001 Beggars and Choosers Kelly Kramer 19 episodes
2001 Thieves Sunday Episode: "Casino"
2002 ER Joyce Westlake 4 episodes
2002 The Court Betsy Tyler 6 episodes
2002–2003 Firefly Saffron/Bridget/ Yolanda 2 episodes
2003 Miss Match Sarah Episode: "The Price of Love"
2003 Presidio Med Claire Episode: "Suffer Unto Me the Children..."
2004 Tru Calling Alyssa Episode: "Murder in the Morgue"
2004–2005 Kevin Hill Nicolette Raye 22 episodes
2005 Cold Case Esther 'Legs' Davis Episode: "Colors"
2006 Jake in Progress Tanya 4 episodes
2006 Las Vegas Connie Episode: "Chaos Theory"
2006 Without a Trace Rachel Gibson Episode: "Check Your Head"
2007 Notes from the Underbelly Holly Episode: "First Night Out"
2007–2008 Life Olivia Canton 4 episodes
2007–present Mad Men Joan Harris
2011 Body of Proof Karen Archer Episode: "Dead Man Walking"
2011 American Dad! Naydern (voice) Episode: "Gorillas in the Mist"

Video game[edit]

Year Title Role
2011 Need for Speed: The Run Sam Harper (voice)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result Notes
2006 SyFy Genre Awards Best Special Guest/Television Firefly (Episode: "Trash") Won[21]
2008 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Mad Men Won[22]
2009 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Mad Men Won[22]
2009 Monte-Carlo Television Festival Golden Nymph Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama TV Series Mad Men Won
2010 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Mad Men Nominated
2010 Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Mad Men Nominated
2011 Critics' Choice Television Award Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Mad Men Won Tied with Margo Martindale
2011 Monte-Carlo Television Festival Golden Nymph Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama TV Series Mad Men Nominated
2011 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Mad Men Nominated
2011 Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Mad Men Nominated
2012 Critics' Choice Television Award Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Mad Men Won
2012 Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Mad Men Nominated
2013 Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Mad Men Nominated
2014 Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Mad Men Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The Esquire Survey of the American Woman". Esquire. April 20, 2010. Retrieved May 28, 2011. 
  2. ^ Welles, Denmark (April 23, 2010). "Mad Men's Christina Hendricks voted best-looking woman in US | People". The First Post. Retrieved February 20, 2011. 
  3. ^ "'I'm learning to celebrate what I was born with': Why life is shaping up nicely for Christina Hendricks". Daily Mail. May 24, 2011. 
  4. ^ Elsworth, Catherine (January 19, 2009). "Christina Hendricks: a fine figure of a woman". The Telegraph. Retrieved September 14, 2012. 
  5. ^ Freeman, Hadley (September 16, 2011). "Mad Men and me: Christina Hendricks interview". The Guardian (London). ISSN 0261-3077. OCLC 60623878. Retrieved September 20, 2011. 
  6. ^ "DONALD J. TRENT FAMILY HISTORY:Information about Christina Rene Hendricks". genealogy.com. Retrieved June 3, 2013. 
  7. ^ Avalos, Steven (June 2, 2010). "Christina Hendricks Stars in Broken Bells Music Video". PopEater. Retrieved March 10, 2011. 
  8. ^ "‘Best-Looking Woman’ Christina Hendricks is a Music Video Star". Yahoo! Music. June 2, 2010. Retrieved September 29, 2012. 
  9. ^ Helyer, Rachel (September 9, 2010). "Mad Men's Hendricks eyes big-screen roles". The First Post. Retrieved June 3, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Cannes 2014: The bafflement of Ryan Gosling's 'Lost River". The LA Times. Retrieved 7 July 2014. 
  11. ^ a b "Does Christina Hendricks have a body women should aspire to". BBC News Magazine. July 27, 2010. Retrieved May 28, 2011. 
  12. ^ Geoghegan, Tom (July 27, 2010). "Does Christina Hendricks have a body women should aspire to?". BBC News Magazine. Retrieved May 28, 2011. 
  13. ^ Kiley, David (March 2, 2011). "Mad Men Star Christina Hendricks The New Face of Vivienne Westwood". luxist.com. Retrieved May 28, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Christina Hendricks launches Vivienne Westwood's new jewellery line... but who's looking at her tiara?". Daily Mail Online (London). March 2, 2011. Retrieved May 28, 2011. 
  15. ^ Lusher, Adam (January 30, 2011). "Mad Men star Christina Hendricks sparks rush for breast implants". The Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved January 31, 2011. 
  16. ^ "Hollywood's voluptuous beauty was offended? Go (full) figure …". The Sydney Morning Herald (Sydney). October 14, 2012. Retrieved October 14, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Christina's body comments". Sky Showbiz. 
  18. ^ Hunter, Aina (July 2010). "Christina Hendricks' Measurements: Naked "I Look Like a Woman"". CBS News. Retrieved May 28, 2011. 
  19. ^ Katie Hintz-Zambrano (July 1, 2010). "Christina Hendricks Dazzles on LA Times Magazine". stylelist.com. AOL. Archived from the original on 2010-07-04. Retrieved July 15, 2010. 
  20. ^ "Mad Men's Christina Hendricks Engaged". People. December 15, 2008. 
  21. ^ "Christina Hendricks". AllAmericanSpeakers. All American Speakers LLC. 2011–2012. Retrieved September 14, 2012. 
  22. ^ a b "Awards for Christina Hendricks". Internet Movie Database. 1990–2012. Retrieved September 14, 2012. 

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