Mad Men Women Discouraged from Hitting the Gym

August 2, 2010 By:
Mad Men Women Discouraged from Hitting the Gym

Most TV executives want their female stars to go the gym regularly. A skinny cast the Hollywood norm!

But not on Mad Men! According to a new interview with star January Jones, show creator Matthew Weiner doesn’t want his leading ladies going to the gym—he’s prefer they stay curvier.

Jones tells Tatler magazine,
"He would prefer we didn't work out and that we eat really well, so we look like healthy women.”

And that’s coming from the tinest gal in the cast! Christina Hendricks (Joan) and Elizabeth Moss (Peggy) definitely have more curves like the women of that era.

But that doesn’t mean January is off the hook—apparently she was scolded during last season because she’d gotten “too skinny.” But since getting her stern warning, she says she’s happy to oblige by Weiner’s rules.

"It's OK to have curves and be a woman," she says. "I wish more women would realize that's what men like."

Luckily, Jones gets a little extra padding from the girdle she now wears in most scenes. "It gives you such a nice shape,” she says.

As for Hendricks, she was named the hottest woman in America this year by Esquire magazine, but still got negative feedback after she walked the red carpet at the Golden Globes.

She said recently,
"I still remember all those negative comments, despite all the wonderful positivity. That's why we're all in therapy! [We remember] the ten bad things that happen to us instead of the 100 nice ones.”

What a great incentive Weiner is providing for the women in his cast! Yet another reason why we love Mad Men!