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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 di 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.
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.
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
JANUARY JONES �BETTY
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.
Move OnWhat the stars of the
cult TV show
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