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‘Calling me full-figured is just rude’

Christina Hendricks might love her curves, but be careful how you ask her about them. Kate Waterhouse, fashion editor of the Sun-Herald made the mistake of broaching the topic by called Hendricks "full-figured" (not once, but twice!), and the Mad Men actress didn't respond well to the backhanded compliment.

"You have been an inspiration as a full-figured woman. What is the most inspiring story that you can remember where you've inspired someone?" Kate Waterhouse asks her.

As you can see in the above video, Hendricks clearly gets flustered by this question and responds by giggling and saying, "Um, I don't know. I don't know…I'm sorry."

Waterhouse tries to rephrase the question by saying, "You've been known as an inspiration for women as being a full-figure…," but Hendricks quickly cut her off. "I mean, you just said it again," she says.

At this point, you can hear Hendricks' publicist telling Waterhouse that her client gets asked weight questions all the time and that they should skip the topic entirely. It's true that Hendricks' rise to fame has been coupled with many complimenting the actress on her curves, but we can see how that could get old at interviews. Still, it might have just been the way Waterhouse asked her question that ticked Hendricks off.

"I think calling me full-figured is just rude," Hendricks reportedly said off camera.

And it would seem that most people agree

Your Say

  • Nikki @ Styling You

    I think a woman’s looks – curvy or not – shouldn’t become an interview question. Would we ask a guy that?

  • Kim-Marie @ Kimba Likes

    I concur wholeheartedly.

  • Naomi @writeaboutme_au

    I agree with Nikki! Not the best question to ask. ‘full figured’ could have been omitted from the question and it would’ve received a better response.

  • Anonymous

    Full figured is a politically correct way of saying fat. Hendrick’s not no where near overweight. I would be pi..ed too.

  • Felicity Moore

    I get a little tired of actors vetting the questions ahead of the interview, or getting annoyed at particular interview questions. For an actor such as Ms Hendricks, publicity is part of her job. If she only ever wants to act, without doing anything else that goes along with popular television roles, then go and act in community theatre.

    Answering questions from people who are going to promote her and increase her fame and celebrity is part of her job and she should do it graciously. If she’s sick of answering questions, by all means, don’t do interviews. But it’s a pretty key part of the job these days. I’m not sure her success would continue when casting agents for the next role she wants hear she won’t do interviews.

    The journalist was asking a polite question. Be gracious, in fact, be grateful that you’re being asked at all, and answer her.

  • [email protected]

    I thought it was inappropriate and irrelevant, to comment on her figure, the way the question was posed was intrusive and I believe unprofessional. I wish interviewers would aim for more content and less sensation, its just boring.

  • Felicity Moore

    I agree with that, wholeheartedly, but these interviews are so tightly controlled it’s impossible to ask anything but what the client (in this case SpecSavers) and the talent (Ms Hendricks) agree upon. Kim Kardashian is a pro at this. Journalists should refuse to do the interview unless they have free rein. Of course, being a working journalist, I know it doesn’t work this way. *sigh*

  • Vicki

    Kate Waterhouse always comes across as a bit vacuous to me, even with scripted dialogue. If I was Ms Hendricks and I had a skinny young model-type infront of me, asking a poorly worded question about my big shape, I’d probably snap back too. Especially after Kate kind of attacked her link to Specsavers by saying that she had never seen Christina wear glasses before, and when corrected said ‘oh really?’ because, you know, she had even Googled it…

  • Anonymous

    Even apart from the full figured question a very awkward and stilted interview.

  • Talia

    Who cares if Hendricks is sick of being asked questions about her weight? She’s an actress. Answering questions in exchange for publicity is part of her career. I work part time for minimum wage. I answer inane questions with a smile on my face all the time. Hendricks would certainly be paid well enough to think of a more eloquent response than “Um, I don’t know.” Fuck off.

  • Nerida Williams

    fabulous breasts, beautiful red hair, of course skinny reporters would try to make her look like something is wrong with her, skinny no way, to look like Christina oh yes!