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Christina Hendricks Q&A: ‘Mad Men’

Christina Hendricks just earned her fifth consecutive Emmy nomination for her supporting role on "Mad Men." Her four losses to date number among the 28 unsuccessful bids by the cast of this AMC hit that has claimed Best Drama Series four times. In our recent webcam chat, she admitted to wanting to see an end to this Emmy curse: ”It is strange to have that many nominations come in for one show and no one take it home. But we’ve won SAG awards that has been great… But it would be fun to see someone finally get one.”

Whatever the outcome at this year's Emmys, she says: "We’re a very celebratory groups, so really win or lose were going to go out and have fun; and we get to all be together; and dressed up; and we get to see all out friends. And we’re going to be out all night anyway.”

This season her character, Joan Harris, turned down a marriage proposal because she is holding out hope to find love. As she explains, "I think it’s been a question we’ve seen her ask herself throughout the seasons and it hasn’t worked out the way she thought it in many different situations… And so I thought it was a nice moment because I thought, ‘oh gosh I hope Joan doesn’t give up’… and you can see she still has that strength and the fire and that love in her.”

She also moved against her old ally, Don Draper, hoping to drive him out of the advertising business. The actress defends her character: “In the past two seasons he’s [Don] made selfish, egotistical choices that have cost her millions of dollars and this is a woman who really put herself out there and made some decisions that she thought she would never do in order to protect her family. And this is about protecting her son… And here’s a man that just keeps on coming back and pulling the rug from under her, and she’s fed up. I don’t blame her.”

“Mad Men” just finished shooting its final episode and Hendricks admits wrapping it all up “was very intense. Everyone was there and as each person wrapped up a scene, everyone came on set and each actor got to say their thankyou and goodbyes to the crew. And then Matt Weiner said words for each person, and I think every single time we all started crying again, and then we’d go out and wait for the next person. It was about 15 hours of saying goodbye, it was hard.”

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