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Christina Hendricks's May Cover Story
On Her New Project:
Talk about feeling intimidated. [Ryan] called me and asked me if I was interested in doing this film and I said: “One, of course, yes, and two, why me? And three, I don’t want to disappoint you.” He’s been fantastic, involving me artistically and letting me be along the road of casting and costume design. I’ve seen story boards and imagery and I’ve heard music. It’s the largest role I’ve ever had, so this is one I’m definitely aware of my anxiety about.
On Being Anxious:
Always, yes. You don’t want to disappoint the people who have put their trust in you. I take it very seriously. I keep myself up at night with worry and excitement and being unsure. I’ve worked in television for so long that those people are a family to me, and I know what to expect when I show up and I know who’s going to be there, but every time you do a film it’s like the first day of school. You don’t know what the kids are going to be like; you don’t know what your environment is going to be like. The first-day jitters that everyone gets last a little longer for me.
I tend to hold my breath and run toward it because it’s all I can do. It’s the only option. I remember when I moved to New York for the first time, or when I moved to Los Angeles for the first time, it was: this is terrifying, but not doing it is more terrifying.
I feel like I know her so well now. In the beginning, a script would come out and I’d think, Oh! So Joan’s the kind of person who would do that. Interesting. I don’t know if I like Joan! In the first season we saw this bossy, gossipy, sassy girl who is now all of those things but is also more sensitive and has gotten knocked down and gotten back up again, has friends and lovers and has a child and has an ex-husband, and she’s just many more things so she’s even more fun to play.