'Weekend Drive': Christina Hendricks

WEIR: Right. But being there is a means to an end and that's a husband, right?

HENDRICKS: But is it?

WEIR: Maybe that's what she thinks initially.

HENDRICKS: Yet she keeps not getting married. I don't know what's gonna happen in season three. I haven't been told. But it seems to me Joan could have gotten married whenever she wanted. And I don't know if it's what she really wants.

WEIR: How much do you think the sexual politics of the workplace has changed since that era?

HENDRICKS: I don't think anyone's thinking differently. I think they just watch their tongues a little bit more, probably. There are a lot more lawsuits than there were. I think women have gotten power in that way and have stood up for themselves in that way but there's still a lot of sexist things going on and misbehavior all over the place. We're animals, we're human animals. We can't help ourselves.

WEIR: I just realized that I didn't open your door for you on the car.

HENDRICKS: Tsk, tsk.

WEIR: Is it true that Matthew Weiner, creator of "Mad Men," told the actresses to stop working on your arms? He doesn't want any chiseled arms?

HENDRICKS: He has a big issue with that. And of course, in Los Angeles where people are so fit and working out all the time and sometimes a little work on the face, it doesn't look like 1960s. So Matthew is very careful about his casting. He did specifically say, "I don't want to see any muscle. I don't want to see biceps." So we're all like, "No problem, thank you, this just became even a more perfect job".

WEIR: What was your first paid job as an actress?

HENDRICKS: I did a commercial about two weeks after I moved to L.A. with Pierce Brosnan. It was a Visa Check Card commercial. My line was, "Absolutely, James. I'll just need some ID."

WEIR: Sort of a Miss Moneypenny.

HENDRICKS: I was a lithe sexy girl behind the counter flirting with James Bond. And I was so nervous, I was so nervous, I was absolutely trembling and Pierce Brosnan was so nice. He said, "You're doing great. Calm down. You're gonna be fine." Of course he'd never remember me in a million years, but I thank him for being so patient with me. He was very nice.

WEIR: Who were your heroes growing up?

HENDRICKS: When I lived here, I was very much involved in dance at the time, I wanted to be a dancer. So my heroes were Margot Fonteyn and Baryshnikov. I think a lot of artists or actors have a dream of how their life would become or idols that they base their life on. And I just always have sort of gone with the flow. I never had a game plan.

WEIR: So, no standing in front of the mirror with a hairbrush as an Oscar?

HENDRICKS: I definitely played a tennis racquet as a guitar. I wanted to be one of the Go Gos for a little bit. Well, who didn't want to be one of the Go Gos, right?

WEIR: I wanted to be Belinda Carlisle. So do you still have that go-with-the-flow attitude in terms of your career?

HENDRICKS: It is an exciting time. Now I have all these people helping me figure it out. I have agents and managers and people who are saying, 'you should do this, and you shouldn't do this.' I've chosen to just listen to them for the most part. I guess I am still going with the flow. It's different now, though, because I'm getting married and my fiance's an actor and his show's in L.A. So now it's about making both of our things work together.

WEIR: How did you react when your fiance, Jeffrey Arrends, proposed?

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