We’ll let you in on a little secret: here at Hollywire, we kinda dig Ryan Gosling. (Don’t tell anyone, k?) If we were to meet Ryan in person, we would probably freeze on the spot… or start babbling incoherently about ferrets or whatever. Either way, it wouldn’t be pretty.

So we can totally relate to Christina Hendricks, who recently opened up about having to carry an entire film for Ryan as the lead in his directorial debut. (No pressure or anything!)

While her character on Mad Men may be uber-confident and maybe even a little conceited (at least, outwardly so), the real Christina comes off a lot more humble than Joan. She’s one of the fan favorites (and an Emmy nominee) for the AMC hit, but she was surprised when her Drive co-star chose her to star in How To Catch A Monster.

(Since this is Ryan Gosling we’re talking about, he probably could have had his pick of just about any leading lady out there.)

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“[Ryan] called me and asked me if I was interested in doing this film and I said: ‘One, of course, yes, and two, why me? And three, I don’t want to disappoint you,’” Christina told Flare this month. “Every time you do a film it’s like the first day of school. You don’t know what the kids are going to be like; you don’t know what your environment is going to be like. The first-day jitters that everyone gets last a little longer for me.”

Of course, it’s obvious to us why Ryan would choose her ― both men and women adore her, she’s a red-hot talent who hasn’t yet had a leading role in a movie, and she’s a throwback to old Hollywood’s curvy bombshells who stands out from the norm.

Luckily, it seems Ryan is doing everything possible to alleviate her worries. “He’s been fantastic, involving me artistically and letting me be along the road of casting and costume design. I’ve seen storyboards and imagery and I’ve heard music,” she said. “It’s the largest role I’ve ever had, so this is one I’m definitely aware of my anxiety about.”

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And despite the TV viewing public’s obsession with all things Joan, Christina exist her celebrity is limited. “I’m just not that famous, to be quite honest,” she said. “I get to live a very normal life. I don’t have a situation like Jennifer Aniston, where I have people camped outside my house. I can take the garbage out and walk down the street and have ramen and it’s fine.”

Christina also revealed a surprising hidden talent in the interview: “After the first season of Mad Men, I worked at a florist. We had shot the pilot and it hadn’t aired yet. We had to wait a year to shoot because Matthew Weiner was finishing The Sopranos. And all these actors that I’d worked with would come in and say, ‘Oh... everything okay?’ And I said ‘No! I’ve just always wanted to work at a florist.’ And they would say, ‘Okay, can you help me pick out a bouquet?’ And I’d be like, ‘I’ll make you one!’”

Well, if How To Catch A Monster is a disaster, it’s nice to know she has something to fall back on… though we’re really not worried about it.

Catch more of Christina’s thoughts on Mad Men and more over at Flare!

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