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

08.04.14 6 Comments

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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