When your management agency drops you for taking a part in one of the best series on television, you have to look back and imagine it was all for the best. It seems that’s exactly what happened to Christina Hendricks back when she was trying to land her biggest break of all, according to a recent interview.
“They said, ‘It’s a period piece, it’s never going to go anywhere,” she said, referring to Mad Men. “We need you to make money and this isn’t going to make money.’ They ended up dropping me.”
Hendricks’ role as Joan Holloway on Mad Men would lead to multiple Emmy nominations, and the show has obviously become a TV staple of our time. It helped shaped AMC into the hitmaker it’s been for most of the last decade, and the final season of Mad Men will be one of the most anticipated TV events of the year.
Hendricks explains why she pressed forward anywhere, despite the pervasive idea that Mad Men would be little more than a flash in the pan:
“I had been on several shows that were meant to be the big ones, that would go on for ever, and they didn’t. 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?”
I have to wonder if she’s referring to her guest role in Firefly on FOX, as one of Malcolm Reynolds’ foils. That show seemed like it very well could have brought her on as a regular, and had enough content to air for years, but we all know how that turned out. But fortunately, her ride with Mad Men paid off, and I expect to be seeing her in more and more TV and film projects now that the show is winding down.
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