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

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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