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Christina Hendricks on scotch, 'Mad Men' and where she'd put her Emmy

Christina Hendricks is the brand ambassador for the new Johnnie Walker Platinum Label, an 18-year-old blended scotch whiskey. It retails for $110. Credit: Contributed Christina Hendricks is the brand ambassador for the new Johnnie Walker Platinum Label, an 18-year-old blended scotch whiskey. It retails for $110. Credit: Provided

Maybe one day, if you are very lucky, actress and noted hostess Christina Hendricks will invite you over for a party at her Los Angeles home. But, in all likelihood, she won’t (sorry, dreams). So it was up to us to ask the "Mad Men" actress how she earned such a good reputation as a hostess — so in the know, she doesn’t fear last-minute hosting duty. In fact, she embraces it.


When Hendricks isn’t throwing perfect last-minute cocktail parties or drinking scotch straight up, she is, of course, the fiery Joan Holloway on the AMC period drama “Mad Men,” a role for which she is up for an Emmy this Sunday. It is her fourth nomination.“These characters are so well-written that there isn’t one side to them. When we first saw Joan in Season 1, she was very different than now," says Hendricks on her secretary-turned-junior partner alter ego.

"There are so many sides to her: She’s a working woman, a working mother. She’s had a lot of trials and has bounced back. I think she’s quite resilient. She’s a fighter and she’s a protector. I think those are qualities that women relate to. I think they want to back her up, and maybe she represents how they sometimes feel."

Hendricks has her fingers crossed for Sunday night; she's even figured out where she might put her Emmy.“Were I lucky enough [to win], it would go on the mantle and go around the house. It would journey around,” she says on her possible statuette. When asked if it would make an appearance on her always-stocked bar, she laughed. “I haven’t thought about that. Maybe I can put little cocktail olives on it or something.”

 
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