But now that his life seems to be falling apart, I don’t think he’s a person that anyone wants to emulate.”Unlike Christina herself, whose voluptuous figure has endeared her to female viewers the world over.
Married since 2009 to actor Geoffrey Arend, the redhead has resisted all Hollywood’s attempts to slim her down."Asked about this, she says: “Sure, I would love to lose 10lbs – what woman wouldn’t?
But try as she might, she can’t keep the sadness out of her voice.
“Joan is an incredibly powerful character,” she continues.
Though even if I did know, I wouldn’t tell you."I don’t even tell my husband or my best friend what’s going to happen next, because I want them to discover it as each episode airs."And that’s pretty much how it unfolds for us actors – every time a new script arrives, we just fall on it and tear it apart looking for clues as to where our characters are going to wind up.”Fair enough – but given the choice, how would she like Joan to make her exit?
“Oh that’s easy – I’d want to go out just like Thelma and Louise.”When the Sterling Cooper ad agency finally shuts up shop, Christina won’t be short of offers.
” But she doesn’t do it – much to the relief of her huge fanbase, who like her exactly the way she is.“I have faced rejection in this business because of my appearance but that has only made me stronger and more determined,” she reveals.“That’s one characteristic that I share with Joan, although in other ways we are very different people.
She takes life very seriously and doesn’t give herself enough time to enjoy it."I’m much more light-hearted and romantic and I don’t see the world as cynically as Joan does – though of course she’s been through a lot and had to deal with the way men treated women in that era.”Today Christina looks stunning in a Dolce & Gabbana blue dress, Jimmy Choo heels and a new shorter hairdo.
Now filming the seventh and final season of Mad Men – that compelling tale of 1960s advertising folk – the 38-year-old actress is finding it hard to let go. Over eight years and six seasons as feisty office manager Joan Holloway, she has become not just a sex symbol but something of a feminist icon, winning fame, fortune and four Emmy nominations in the process.“I’ll miss Joan so much,” Christina admits. How can I not miss him after all we’ve been through? “He made a habit of behaving badly from day one,” says Christina.
“Everyone thought he was so attractive and sexy and wanted to be like him.
“This series has given me the kind of standing that every actor is looking for,” she says.“Now I’m able to audition for film roles that would never have been possible before.
I have so many doors open to me – it’s such an exciting time and a whole new chapter in my career is just beginning.”First though, Christina is looking forward to spending more time at home with her husband (another gift from Mad Men, since the couple were introduced by Vincent Kartheiser, who plays Peter).“I can’t wait,” she says.
“Over the last few years I’ve been working on other things between seasons, so we haven’t had as much time together as we’d have liked.