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‘Mad Men’ Cast Praises Jon Hamm; Christina Hendricks ‘So Proud’ of Changing TV

Mad Men” had a lot to be proud of Sunday night, with leading man Jon Hamm finally winning his lead actor Emmy on his last chance to walk away with the golden statue.

Mad Men” was also up for best drama series and a slew of other actor awards, and though the series was beat by “Game of Thrones” in the top category, star Christina Hendricks predicted a celebratory night no matter the outcome.

“I think we’ll celebrate the same way, whether we win or lose. We’ll be up all night with each other and champagne and dancing and visiting and catching up,” Hendricks said on Friday of award show weekend at Variety and Women In Film’s pre-Emmy party.

Hendricks, who was up for supporting actress (which ultimately went to “Orange Is the New Black’s” Uzo Aduba), will miss the character that earned her the nomination.

“I just miss that writing, and I’ll miss Joan forever. I loved playing her,” Hendricks said. “She was such an extraordinary woman and she inspired so many people and to get to do that… That doesn’t always happen.”

On the topic of extraordinary women, Hendricks spoke to the subject of expanding roles for women in Hollywood — both in front of and behind the camera. “I think continue to write real, rich, textured and well-rounded characters,” she said of how television can continue to showcase powerful women. “Sometimes, the characters seem to be sort of stereotypes, rather than real people, and it’s okay to show vulnerability and strength and wickedness and delight all at the same time and I think that’s what we need to continue to do.”

At the Emmys, Variety spoke to more “Mad Men” cast members about Hamm’s big night.

“His work is so good, and it’s not an easy character — it’s not as flashy as some, so I think he was playing at a slight disadvantage at times because he’s playing a guy who doesn’t emote outwardly and that’s difficult to do. That’s subtle work to have to do,” John Slattery said on Sunday’s red carpet before the show.

Hamm’s on-screen daughter Kiernan Shipka, who played Sally Draper, was also hopeful for Hamm before he won. “Everyone has seen that he’s an incredible actor, and he truly is phenomenal,” Shipka told Variety. “Just working with him is an incredible experience because he’s just a generous actor, and he’s a generous human being. He is truly so gracious, so down to earth, so nice, and being able to watch him explode into who he is and just remain exactly the same is just awesome and it’s such a great lesson. I think he’s just phenomenal all around and he really is a joy to work with. He carried the entire show, really.

And Hendricks praised Hamm and the entire production. “I’m just so proud of the show,” she said. “I really, truly feel like it’s changed television and I think it will go down in history, and I think Matt Weiner did something so unique and so special and I think it’s timeless, and I’m just so endlessly proud of being a part of it.”

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