The sultry actress talks about smoking on set, wearing tight clothing and why fans get upset when they met the cast in real life.
Here are some highlights from the interview:
GQ: What's more unpleasant on set - being in incredibly tight clothing or smoking fake herbal cigarettes?
Christina Hendricks: "I adore the incredibly tight clothing! My own wardrobe's changed - I've streamlined a little bit and definitely learnt from Joan's sleekness and tailoring. As for the herbal cigarettes, for the most part I don't smoke as much as the guys do. I'm usually just strutting around a bit more so I don't actually have to be inhaling it. I'm lucky because I do have scenes where the cigarettes work beautifully to punctuate certain things I'm saying."
Have you had any strange fan reactions?
"It seems like a very masculine show but there are women who are absolutely obsessed by it. I had a girl last year who wrote me a very long letter about how she related to my character the most and how wonderful it was because she was having an affair with her boss at work. It was at that point I said, "It's not my place to give any advice on this one!"
Do fans expect you to be in character all the time?
"Everyone assumes we're always going to have a cocktail and a cigarette in hand. Fans expect us all to be dressed up all the time. They always say to me, "You look so young. You don't seem as tall!" We have defined these characters - people always expect to see me in a pencil skirt. When they see me out of one - much like when they see Jon Hamm's hair when it isn't slick - they say, "Wait a minute, you're all 2010!"