Whether you caught on to AMC’s Mad Men in its first season, or the buzz is slowly drawing you into its third, most of us by now know of Sterling and Cooper’s gorgeous, red-headed office manager, Joan Holloway. Who we should be getting to know more, however, is Christina Hendricks, the woman who makes Joan our favorite, and apparently has become Mad Men’s gay icon.
In the November issue of the Advocate, Hendricks somehow manages to make herself even more drool-worthy. She’s witty, hilarious, loves the gays and “would love” for Joan to “explore bisexuality” at some point on the series, to which I say “please, please do.”
In the interview, Advocate writer Brandon Voss declares that Joan is key in attracting a gay audience to the show, but the actress claims she has yet to feel the lesbian love:
I did get some really nice news that there were some guys dressed up as Joan for Halloween. I haven’t noticed the lesbian attention as much, but I have to say that straight women have been coming out of the woodwork.
We are here, Christina, and we think you are amazing! Voss didn’t let up with the gay questions, which is awesome, and Hendricks did not shy away from answering any of them. As for the “girl crush” phenomenon that somehow made Katy Perry famous, Hendricks keeps it real:
To me [the “Kissed a Girl” era] started in the early ’90s, but maybe that’s just my age showing. I think it’s perfectly normal. But I have to say that in the last month I’ve heard more women say they have a girl-crush on Zooey Deschanel than ever before. She’s really popular right now.
When asked who her “girl crush” is, she said Deschanel, as well:
[Laughs] My fiancé [Geoffrey Arend] is in 500 Days of Summer with her, so I’ve seen that movie three times in a row, and I’m like, “God, I love watching her!” I find her very unique and interesting. She’s lovely.
The actress also said that the kiss she shared in a 2006 episode of Without a Trace with actress Frankie Ingrassia was certainly not her only same-sex smooch (“Oh, come now. It’s 2009!”) and admits to playing both a lesbian and a “slutty hetero” in Undressed, an MTV series that ran from 1999 to 2002.
More fun facts? Hendricks was goth in high school, has several ex-boyfriends who turned out to be gay and (gasp!) she is a natural blonde.
…I was also very young when I was blonde. I’ve turned into a woman with red hair, so that’s all I know and all I want to know. I always think about going back to blonde or going dark, but I know I’d be sad the moment I changed it. So I just talk myself out of it, pop on a wig, and I feel better the next day.
Aside from Mad Men, Hendricks is also slated to work with Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel in out director Greg Berlanti’s upcoming film Life As We Know It and is pondering a Broadway show.
She, along with her many gay friends, is also hoping to see some things change in the gay rights arena soon:
I have a million friends affected by the passing of Prop. 8. The sad thing is that people were so used to how unfair it is that it wasn’t that shocking. It seems like a lot of my friends are just waiting things out and looking forward to change.
We are, too, Christina, and are very glad to have you on board.