physically fragile than her celebrated alter ego, the all-knowing, fabulously flawed Joan Holloway. Those rightfully exalted curves are alluring but not particularly exaggerated or extraordinary. They simply make sense. Beautiful, womanly sense.
Hendricks’ personality is softer, too, though there is a steeliness that lies beneath – a Joan-ism? Has playing Holloway for so long had a lasting effect? “It’s hard to tell. Are the things I’ve learned because of the show? Because of the character? Or is it just because eight years have gone by and I would have grown anyway?” she says, having clearly given this idea some thought. “If you can’t learn or hope to gain some characteristics from playing a role for eight years, then you’ve missed an opportunity.” So what has she gained from Joan? “I think some of her ability to bounce back after something horrible arrives in your life. That and her confidence.”
Holloway was originally intended to be a guest part, with no lasting involvement in the storyline. But Hendricks’ on-screen magnetism