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isn't often cast in romantic comedies. There

was Life as We Know It, with Katherine Heigl, I

remind her. 'Yes, but I die!' she giggles.

Lost River is not exactly sweetness and light

either. 'Why do I do this to myself?' she cries,

throwing her hands up. 'But I like those kinds

of † lms, and I like to work on things that I

would want to watch.' The directorial debut

of Ryan Gosling, it's a surreal, symbolic tale,

focusing on Hendricks' single-mother-of-two,

Billy, desperately trying to keep her house

from being repossessed.

Unsettling to watch - not least because Billy gets sucked into

performing at a bizarre burlesque club to make money - it was

experimental and improvisational to make.

'Ryan tends to turn the camera on and allow you to be creative,

changing the scene and the words a little bit, to experience

† lmmaking in a diŒ erent way,' says Hendricks, adding that Gosling

† rst mentioned he'd like to direct her when they worked together

on the cult hit Drive. Hendricks hasn't † nished in this shadowy

arena, though. She's currently attached to The Neon Demon, a

psychological thriller set in the modelling

world, and then there's Dark Places, an

adaptation of the second novel by Gone

Girl author, Gillian Flynn, co-starring

Charlize Theron. 'It is not a light romantic

comedy!' she warns of a story about

the brutal murder of a family (she plays

Theron's mother in ¬ ashback scenes). 'I'm

really pleased with how it turned out.'

Understandably wary of being typecast

in dour and depressing roles, she's

also completed the pilot for Roadies,

a television comedy from Almost Famous director Cameron

Crowe about a rock band on tour, in which she plays the group's

production manager. It sounds like a world away from Joan, and

those hard-drinking suits on Madison Avenue. About to enter a

new phase of her career, Hendricks couldn't be happier. 'I want

to try everything,' she beams. And you can bet she will.

Mad Men Season 7, Part 2 begins on Sky Atlantic in April;

Lost River opens in cinemas on 24 April

'I'M JUST NOT THAT FAMOUS. I

DON'T HAVE PEOPLE CAMPED

OUTSIDE MY HOUSE. I CAN

TAKE THE GARBAGE OUT AND

WALK DOWN THE STREET AND

HAVE RAMEN AND IT'S FINE'

JON HAMM �DON DRAPER�

Since ditching Don Draper, Hamm is showing us diversity. After

appearing in the Christmas special of Channel 4 series Black Mirror,

he can next be heard voicing Herb Overkill alongside everyone's

favourite yellow sidekicks in animated feature Minions this summer.

JOHN SLATTERY

�ROGER STERLING�

Having supped his last Martini

as Roger, Slattery is showing no

signs of letting up. He's playing

Iron Man's father, Howard Stark,

in Marvel's upcoming Ant-Man,

before joining Michael Keaton for

church-scandal drama Spotlight.

ELISABETH MOSS

�PEGGY OLSON�

Post-Mad Men, Moss has been

furiously busy, shooting indie � ick

Queen of Earth - which she also

produced - and Truth, a biopic of

CBS news anchor Dan Rather starring

Robert Redford. Most excitingly, she's

in Ben Wheatley's all-star JG Ballard

adaptation, High-Rise.

JANUARY JONES �BETTY

DRAPER/FRANCIS�

Jones has wasted no time since playing

Betty Draper, securing herself a regular

gig on upcoming television show The

Last Man on Earth. She can also be

seen on the big screen this month

alongside Ethan Hawke in Good Kill,

a drama about US drone strikes.

VINCENT KARTHEISER �PETE CAMPBELL�

Though he started out in � lms, including Alpha Dog and Another

Day in Paradise, Kartheiser has rarely ventured onto the big screen

during his time on the show. But that's all set to change with

Hollywood tale Day Out of Days, co-starring Melanie Gri� th.

The Mad

Men

Move OnWhat the stars of the

cult TV show

did next

PHOTO: REX FEATURES

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