One of the themes of Crazy men it was the sexism women faced at the advertising agency Sterling Cooper & Partners. Although the show was fictional, Christina Hendricks says the sexism he faced during media coverage of the show was not.
The 46-year-old has revealed that she was often asked about her breasts during interviews, rather than her character’s plight and the struggles she faced as a woman working in advertising in the 1960s.
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“There was certainly a time when we were highly acclaimed by critics and got a lot of attention for our very good work and hard work, and everyone just wanted to ask me about my bra again,” Henricks, who played Joan Harris from 2007 to 2015 in the hit series, he counted The Guardian. “There are only two sentences to say about a bra.”
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The actress said that only the male cast members were discussed at the beginning of the show, admitting that she found it “strange.”
“It took us three to four seasons and all of a sudden people wanted us [the female stars] in the magazines, “he said.” We thought, ‘This is weird, we’ve been doing this for a while.’
Henrick reflects on her Crazy men character, admitting that she is not sure whether Joan was a feminist or not, as some of her methods are “technically what you would call ‘feminist'”.
“Some people have called her a feminist, but I wouldn’t,” she reflected in an interview with Weekly entertainment. “I think she’s smart and capable. I think she knows she deserves to be treated in a certain way.”
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Although he agrees that sexual harassment is a problem in Hollywood, Henricks, who currently stars in Good girls said that was not his experience in Crazy men, coming to the defense of the creator, Matthew Weiner, when he was accused of “fostering a toxic environment.”
“My relationship with Matt was not in any way toxic,” he said flatly. “I’m not ruling out anyone’s experience if I wasn’t there to see it, but that wasn’t my experience.”
“Was he a perfectionist, was he tough, was he expecting a lot? Yes,” he continued. “And he would say that in a second. We were tough on each other.”
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