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Christina Hendricks Was Dropped By Her Agency For Taking The Role Of Joan On ‘Mad Men’

By 08.04.14


So somebody at Christina Hendricks’s old talent agency probably got super fired.

Hendricks got a number of parts in television series, including ER and Without a Trace, but nothing really took off. Then the script for Mad Men came across her desk and immediately she felt it was special.

“I love the idea I have a desk,” she giggles now. “It makes me sound very professional.”

Both she and her manager wanted her to take the part of Joan. Hendricks’s agency didn’t agree. “They said, ‘It’s a period piece, it’s never going to go anywhere. We need you to make money and this isn’t going to make money.’ They ended up dropping me.” [Guardian]

In the defense of whichever person or persons made the decision to drop her, you’ve gotta admit that it didn’t seem like a great idea on paper.

CHRISTINA HENDRICKS: Good news! I found a role I want!

AGENT: Wonderful. What show?

CHRISTINA HENDRICKS: It’s from one of the writers of The Sopranos

AGENT: Great! People love mob shows!

CHRISTINA HENDRICKS: Well… it’s not a mob show. It’s a show about advertising executives in Manhattan.

AGENT: Okay. We can work with that. The cutthroat world of modern-day advertising. It could work.

CHRISTINA HENDRICKS: Well… about that. It’s a period piece.

AGENT: Set when? The 80s? Like a Wall Street thing?


AGENT: Ah, the late ’60s. The sexual revolution. Now we’re talking!

CHRISTINA HENDRICKS: Actually… it starts in the early ’60s.

AGENT: How early?


AGENT: And HBO is letting this Sopranos guy make this show? Well, I guess it must be good.

CHRISTINA HENDRICKS: Well… HBO passed on it.

AGENT: So who’s making it? One of the networks? Nothing like that sweet network money, right? Who bit? CBS? ABC?


AGENT: What the…? The channel that shows Kickboxer sequels in primetime four nights a week?

CHRISTINA HENDRICKS: They’re branching into original dramas now.

AGENT: Well, at least you’re the star. What are you, like, the boss of the agency? Or the tough but loving wife of the biggest ad man in town?

CHRISTINA HENDRICKS: Um… I’d be the office manager.

AGENT: What is that? Like a secretary?

CHRISTINA HENDRICKS: Kind of. But the boss of the secretaries.

AGENT: [rubbing temples] Listen, Christina. Sit down. We need to have a talk.

But hey, at least she got the last word, right?

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