You’ve said you started dying your blond hair red at age 10. How exactly did you sell that choice to your folks?
They did it to me! I was obsessed with the Canadian novel Anne of Green Gables. I decided I was Anne of Green Gables. There was something that spoke to me about her, and I wanted to have her beautiful red hair. So my mother said, “Let’s just go to the drugstore and get one of those cover-the-gray rinses!” My hair was very blond at the time, but it went carrot red. And I was over the moon. I went to school the next day and felt like myself. And then I went back [to that color] over and over again. What a cool mom, right?
(part of Leslie Gornstein’s interview with Christina Hendricks in LA Times Magazine—and it provides more motivation for me to keep my red, red hair forever and ever. images also care of LA Times! also worth nothing the nail polish is China Glaze Stella, from the Retro Diva collection…)