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Christina Hendricks
Christina Hendricks at PaleyFest 2014.jpg
Hendricks at PaleyFest for Mad Men in 2014
Born Christina Rene Hendricks
(1975-05-03) May 3, 1975 (age 43)
Knoxville, Tennessee, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1999–present
Spouse(s)
Geoffrey Arend (m. 2009)

Christina Rene Hendricks (born May 3, 1975)[1] is an American actress and model. She played the role of Joan Holloway on the AMC television series Mad Men (2007–2015), and Beth Boland in Netflix/NBC's TV series Good Girls.

A poll of female readers taken by Esquire magazine named Hendricks "the sexiest woman in the world".[2] In 2010, she was voted Best Looking American Woman by Esquire magazine.[2][3]

Hendricks' notable film credits include Drive, God's Pocket, Lost River and The Strangers: Prey at Night. She has also appeared as Celine/"Chair" in the Comedy Central sitcom Another Period, and as Trudy in the SundanceTV drama series Hap and Leonard.

Contents

  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Career
    • 2.1 Cultural influence
  • 3 Personal life
  • 4 Filmography
    • 4.1 Film
    • 4.2 Television
    • 4.3 Stage
    • 4.4 Video game
  • 5 Awards and nominations
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links

Early life[edit]

Hendricks was born in Knoxville, Tennessee. Her mother, Jackie Sue (née Raymond), was a psychologist. Her father, Robert Hendricks, worked for the United States Forest Service and was from Birmingham, England.[4][5] Through her father, she has dual U.S. and UK nationality.[6] Her family moved several times because of her father's profession, and Hendricks spent her early life in Portland, Oregon,[7] and Twin Falls, Idaho.[8]

When Hendricks was a teenager, the family relocated to Fairfax, Virginia, where she attended Fairfax High School.[9] According to Hendricks, she was bullied in high school and described herself as an "outcast" and a "goth".[10] After entering a competition to appear on the cover of Seventeen magazine, she signed with a modeling agency at age 18, and moved to New York City.[11]

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 her television début in the MTV anthology series Undressed. Her first starring role was in Beggars and Choosers. She has starred in the series The Big Time and The Court, 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 in South of Pico. La Cucina, an indie film, premiered on Showtime in December 2009 and stars Hendricks as a writer. She 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,[12] and Everclear's "One Hit Wonder".[13]

She played Joan Harris on the AMC series Mad Men as 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 six 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.[14] In 2014, she played the lead character in Gosling's directorial debut Lost River,[15] and in 2015, in the novel adaptation Dark Places.[16] In 2015, she was cast as one of the leads in Refn's thriller film The Neon Demon.[17]

In 2018, she was seen in home-invasion based horror film The Strangers: Prey at Night. Upon release, the film received generally unfavorable reviews from critics.[18][19][20] However, she was praised for her performance in the film.[21]

Cultural influence[edit]

Hendricks on October 3, 2012 at Launches Spectacular model comp in Sydney

Hendricks has been credited as having an ideal shape for a woman by British Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone who 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".[22] Los Angeles Times television critic Mary McNamara says her portrayal of Joan has revolutionized perceptions of beauty on television.[23] 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".[24] British designer Vivienne Westwood selected Hendricks to represent her "Get A Life" Palladium jewelry collection in March 2011. Westwood described Hendricks as "the embodiment of beauty".[25] 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.[26]

Hendricks has moved away from accepting the term "full-figured" and once lambasted a reporter who used the term while interviewing her.[27] 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".[28][29]

Personal life[edit]

Hendricks is a natural blonde and began coloring her hair red at age 10, inspired by the book Anne of Green Gables. She plays the accordion like her character Joan in Mad Men.[30]

On October 11, 2009, Hendricks married actor Geoffrey Arend.[31] She has said in interviews that she and her husband do not plan to have children.[32]

Filmography[edit]

Hendricks in March 2006 at the Los Angeles Wizard World Comic Con

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2007 La Cucina Lily
South of Pico Angela
2010 Leonie Catherine
Life as We Know It Alison Novack
2011 The Family Tree Alicia
All-Star Superman Lois Lane/Superwoman Voice
Direct-to-DVD
Detachment Ms. Sarah Madison
Drive Blanche
I Don't Know How She Does It Allison
From Up on Poppy Hill Saori Makimura English dub
2012 Ginger & Rosa Natalie
Struck By Lightning April
2014 God's Pocket Jeannie Scarpato
The Pirate Fairy Zarina Voice
Lost River Billy
2015 Dark Places Patty Day
2016 Zoolander 2 Seductress
The Neon Demon Roberta Hoffman
Bad Santa 2 Diane Hastings
2017 Fist Fight Miss Monet
Crooked House[33] Brenda Leonides
Pottersville Connie Greiger
2018 The Strangers: Prey at Night Cindy
Egg Karen
Candy Jar Amy Skinner
American Woman TBA Post-production

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1999 Undressed Rhiannon 4 episodes
Sorority Fawn Pilot
2000 Angel Bar Maid Episode: "The Prodigal"
2000–01 Beggars and Choosers Kelly Kramer 19 episodes
2001 Thieves Sunday Episode: "Casino"
2002 ER Joyce Westlake 4 episodes
The Court Betsy Tyler 6 episodes
The Big Time Audrey Drummond Television film
2002–03 Firefly Saffron/Bridget/Yolanda 2 episodes
2003 Miss Match Sarah Episode: "The Price of Love"
Presidio Med Claire Episode: "Suffer Unto Me the Children..."
Hunger Point Frannie Hunter Television film
2004 Tru Calling Alyssa Episode: "Murder in the Morgue"
2004–05 Kevin Hill Nicolette Raye 22 episodes
2005 Cold Case Esther "Legs" Davis Episode: "Colors"
2006 Jake in Progress Tanya 4 episodes
Las Vegas Connie Episode: "Chaos Theory"
Without a Trace Rachel Gibson Episode: "Check Your Head"
2007 Notes from the Underbelly Holly Episode: "First Night Out"
2007–08 Life Olivia Canton 4 episodes
2007–15 Mad Men Joan Holloway 80 episodes
2011 Body of Proof Karen Archer Episode: "Dead Man Walking"
American Dad! Naydern (voice) Episode: "Gorillas in the Mist"
2015–16 Another Period Chair (formerly Celine) 17 episodes
2015 Rick and Morty Unity (voice) Episode: "Auto Erotic Assimilation"
2016 Hap and Leonard Trudy 6 episodes
2017 Tin Star Elizabeth Bradshaw 9 episodes
2018 Robot Chicken Various voices Episode: "Ext. Forest - Day"
The Romanoffs TBA
2018–present Good Girls Beth Boland Main cast

Stage[edit]

Year Title Role Venue
2011 Company April Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

Video game[edit]

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

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2006 SyFy Genre Awards Best Special Guest/Television Firefly Won[34]
2008 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Mad Men Won
2009 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Won
Golden Nymph Award Outstanding Actress in a Drama TV Series Won
2010 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
2011 Critics' Choice Television Award Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Won
(tied with Margo Martindale)
Golden Nymph Award Outstanding Actress in a Drama TV Series Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
2012 Critics' Choice Television Award Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Won
Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
2013 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
2014 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
2015 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Nominated