1. “Christina Hendricks: ’My agency dropped me when I first agreed to play Joan in Mad Men.’” Eight years later, Hendricks is recognised by millions. Here she talks about being bullied at school, working with Philip Seymour Hoffman and her new film role as a grieving mother.
“From the start, Hendricks was bullied. ’We had a locker bay, and every time I went down there to get books out of my locker people would sit on top and spit at me. So I had to have my locker moved because I couldn’t go in there…I felt scared in high school. It was like Lord of the Flies. There was always some kid getting pummelled and people cheering.” Hendricks found refuge in the drama department. Acting provided an outlet for a feeling of impotent rage. She became a goth, dying her hair black and purple, shaving it at the back and wearing leather jackets and knee-high Doc Marten boots. Were her clothes a type of armour against what she was experiencing? ’Yeah, exactly,’ she says, nodding. ’My parents would say, ’You’re just alienating everyone. You’ll never make any friends looking like that.’ And I would say, ’I don’t want those people to be my friends. I’m never going to be friends with the people who beat up a kid while everyone is cheering them on. I hate them.’”