Christina Hendricks’ Agency Dropped Her for Taking ‘Mad Men’ Role

Christina Hendricks' Agency Dropped Her Taking

There’s one agency that’s beating itself up in Hollywood, and it has Christina Hendricks to thank.

The “Mad Men” actress revealed that her path to starring in the hit AMC drama wasn’t a particularly smooth one in an interview with the Guardian. While she and her manager loved the script, her agency told her not to take the role of Joan Harris.

“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,'” she said. “They ended up dropping me.”

Five Emmy nominations later, it’s a gamble that worked out for Hendricks, to say the least. “Mad Men” will return for the final leg of its seventh and last season in 2015.

She also spoke about her the death of “God’s Pocket” co-star Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died in February.

“I knew he’d had problems in the past but I really did think it was in the past,” Hendricks said of the actor. “I was so surprised.”

Read the full interview here.


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  1. Luke says:

    Typical agents. More interested in immediate money for themselves than serving their clients. And it’s not like anyone even know who she was before Mad Men so they should have been grateful anyone even wanted her.

  2. This sounds like there is something not being told here. I worked in rep for 10 years. We wouldn’t drop someone for taking a paying series reg gig unless there was a MUCH bigger offer or some multi-film deal that was on the table that precluded doing this series. (even then dropping wouldn’t be an ‘automatic’ thing)
    If that is the whole story, then she worked with some real idiots and was done a massive favor.

  3. PETER says:

    Who was the agent?

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