Happy Birthday, Christina Hendricks!
The Mad Men star turns 39 today.
"I'm going to be working this weekend, but my husband's going to take me out for a delicious meal and I'm going to make him watch a movie that I just fell in love with," Hendricks told me earlier this week at the premiere of her new drama, God's Pocket (out May 9). "Dinner and a movie—a romantic movie!"
The movie? About Time, the Richard Curtis-directed film starring Rachel McAdams.
Hendricks, who looked fab at the premiere in a black Jenny Packham cocktail dress, had previously revealed on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon that she was hoping to head to the California desert for her birthday.
"I had wanted to go to Palm Springs with my friends and have a caftans-and-casserole party," she said. "My friends know how much I love a caftan. It's what I wear at home all the time, it's my go-to thing...and then we just eat casseroles."
God's Pocket marks the feature film directorial debut of Hendricks' Mad Men co-star John Slattery. She plays a working-class mom whose troubled son is killed by an elderly co-worker he taunted with racial slurs and a switchblade. Philip Seymour Hoffman (in one of his last roles before he died) plays Hendrick's husband, who finds himself trying to help cover up the murder.
And we can't blame you if you don't recognize Hendricks in the movie right away—she went brunette for the role!
"It was great," she said of not having her signature red hair. "It felt appropriate to the character when I read the script. I had a very clear vision of sort of who she was and what she looked like. I came to John with a picture, an inspiration picture, and he agreed with me entirely."
Co-hosted by Brooks Brothers and Sharper Image, premiere guests included Jon Hamm, Elizabeth Moss, Kiernan Shipka, Vincent Kartheiser, Robert Morse, Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner, Chris Messina, Scandal's Jon Tenney and Sam Trammell and Missy Yager of True Blood.