Christina Rene Hendricks (born May 3, 1975) is an American actress.
as Joan Holloway
She is best known for her role as Joan Holloway in the AMC drama television series Mad Men, for which she was nominated for six Emmy Awards.
Best Looking American Woman
A poll of female readers taken by Esquire magazine named Hendricks “the sexiest woman in the world”. In 2010, she was voted Best Looking American Woman by Esquire magazine.
She was a model
MTV anthology series Undressed
Hendricks’ films credits include Drive, God’s Pocket and Lost River. She currently appears as Celine/”Chair” in the Comedy Central sitcom Another Period, and as Trudy in the SundanceTV drama series Hap and Leonard.
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. 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 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, and Everclear’s “One Hit Wonder”.
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.
co-starred with Charlize Theron
She appeared in the action-thriller Drive, directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, alongside Carey Mulligan and Ryan Gosling. In 2014, she played the lead character in Gosling’s directorial debut Lost River, and in 2015, co-starred with Charlize Theron and Chloë Grace Moretz in the novel adaptation Dark Places. In 2015, she was cast as one of the leads in Refn’s thriller film The Neon Demon.
Los Angeles Times
ideal of Hollywood glamour
Hendricks has been credited as having an ideal shape for a woman. 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.” Los Angeles Times television critic Mary McNamara says her portrayal of Joan has revolutionized perceptions of beauty on television. 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.” 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.” 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.
Hendricks has moved away from accepting the term “full-figured” and once lambasted a reporter who used the term while interviewing her. 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.”