Christina Hendricks graces the cover of L.A. Confidential’s Women of Influence issue and talks about the end of AMC’s ‘Mad Men’ the iconic show that made her and her costars household names. She opens up about what her plans are for her life and career now that the long-running series has come to an end.

Christina Hendricks

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The 40-year-old actress has portrayed Joan Holloway Harris since the premiere season of the 1960s era Madison Avenue drama. She has been ubiquitous as the office manager of the show’s fictitious ad agency Sterling Cooper who rose through the ranks to become one of the firm’s partners. And much more than that, Christina Hendricks on screen and off screen has been one of relatively few Hollywood stars to become famous for displaying a curvaceous figure.

She spoke to L.A. Confidential about the end of the series, saying, ““I don’t know. I don’t think I’ve said goodbye. As I watch the last episode, maybe that will happen. It’s a very weird sensation. I just always have taken it for granted. Like, I still get to go back in six months and play her again. But not this time.”

She went on to say of leaving the series, “It’s sort of like when you finally get over a breakup, and then they come back and they want to go out on a date again, and you’re like, Wait a minute—I got over you!” She went on to add, “No, I don’t think I’ll ever get over it.”

She also shared her enthusiasm over having so many women fans, saying of them, “I love [that I have a female following] because I’m a girl’s girl… I’m a guy’s girl, too-I’ve got a lot of guy friends, but my girlfriends are really important to me. And there must be something about that being important in my life that I project that into my characters without even knowing it. I really respect women, and so to receive it back is awesome.”

And as the series comes to an end, it has been just the proverbial beginning for Christina Hendricks who has already gone on to star in a spate of notable movies including the “Lost River” — directed by by Ryan Gosling in his feature film directorial debut — and “God’s Pocket,” which was one of the final movies of the late Philip Seymour Hoffman. It’s safe to say we have not seen the last of of her!

You can see the full interview and the photo shoot here. Watch the departing Mad Men star Christina Hendricks’ behind-the-scenes video below!