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The actress tells The Guardian that while she and her manager wanted her to sign on for her now famous role as Joan, her agency didn’t think the show would be a hit.
“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,” she explains.
She adds that she wasn’t dissuaded by her agency’s reluctance. “I had been on several shows that were meant to be the big ones, that would go on forever, and they didn’t,” she says. “So there was no sure bet, and I’d already taken a chance on them and I felt, why not do the one you’re in love with and take a chance on that?”
After filming the Mad Men series finale, she says the cast hung out “chatting, singing songs and drinking” until 8 a.m. the following morning.
“We didn’t want to leave,” she said.
Going forward, she’d like to keep making movies and do some theater, and she’s currently starring in the movie God’s Pocket, directed by her Mad Men co-star John Slattery and co-starring Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Like many people, she was shocked by Hoffman’s sudden death in February.
“I mean, I was because he’d seemed so great … and, you know, we’d just been at Sundance with him the week before, and he seemed fantastic,” she says. “I knew he’d had problems in the past, but I really did think it was in the past. I was so surprised.”
But she feels like the film is “a celebration of him.”
Hendricks, who now says she has a thin skin for criticism, claiming that she takes it personally, also talks about how she was bullied as a teen.
She says that when she would try to get books out of her locker, “people would sit on top and spit at me.”
“It was like Lord of the Flies. There was always some kid getting pummeled and people cheering,” she adds.
But she claims that she’s moved on.
“You know, I had so much anger about that time, that experience, for so long, and I don’t know what dissipated it, but now it’s gone,” she says. “I feel some sadness about it, about how cruel kids can be to each other, but that’s it.”
She also tells The Guardian that her dog, Zouzou, acts as a service dog.
“She’s an antianxiety dog.” Hendricks says.” She calms me down.”
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