Christina Hendricks hosted the Magnificent Mile’s #ShopFest fashion show to kick off the annual shopping festival.
Actress Christina Hendricks—Emmy-nominated for her role as Joan Harris on Mad Men—was in town last week hosting #ShopFest, the kickoff fashion show for the Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival. We spoke with the star about style, being back in the city, and wrapping the show that made her famous.
Welcome to Chicago! What do you have planned while you’re here? CHRISTINA HENDRICKS: Chicago is one of my absolute favorite cities, so I’m excited to be here. We went to the Purple Pig (500 N. Michigan Ave., 312-464-1744) last night—it was fantastic—and I got to walk across the [Michigan Avenue] bridge and just see the beautiful architecture this morning. It’s just so nice to be back. And I’ve already been shopping, if you can imagine.
Being such a fashion advocate, how would you describe your own style? CH: I think my own personal style is pretty eclectic. I like that you can change your look each and every day to suit your mood, so I think sometimes it’s quite romantic, and sometimes it’s quite classic. And I like a little rock ‘n’ roll. One of my favorite things about [this year’s] fall fashion is that tartan is coming back.
Any favorite labels? CH: Oh my gosh, all of them? Gucci, Chanel, Burberry...and I’m loving what Louis Vuitton is doing this season. It’s just so romantic.
Let’s talk Mad Men. Have you started filming the final season yet? CH: We’re going to start [filming] at the beginning of November, but our writers are back and they’ve been back for a couple of weeks now. They’re all sitting in a room trying to figure out the storyline for the last season. I wish I could be a fly on the wall, but I don’t know anything yet!
How did you create or get into the role of Joan Harris? CH: Well, I’d love to say I created her but [Mad Men creator] Matt Weiner created her; I was just a collaborator. The writing is so magnificent on the show that she just speaks for herself. Of course, I bring my own take on her and my own history and experience to make her who she is. It’s been really [neat] over the years to see her change and grow and work on that with Matt; and it’s going to be very, very hard to say goodbye to her in one season.
What’s next for you after Mad Men wraps? CH: I’m about to go shoot another film here in about a week, a movie called Dark Places with Charlize Theron, [based on the book of the same name by Chicago author Gillian Flynn]. And I just finished two other films that will be released around the time that Mad Men is wrapping. So I’m going to really try to [relish] the last season of Mad Men and really enjoy it, because it’s been a really special experience that has changed all of our lives. I’m going to milk it as much as I can, and then think about the future.