It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... Joan Holloway? Best known as the hottest secretary known to man (and Mad Men), Christina Hendricks is busting out some new skills as the voice of a very different kind of Lois Lane in the gorgeous DVD movie All-Star Superman (in stores today). Hendricks, who stars in the movie with Desperate Housewives' James Denton as Clark Kent and Anthony LaPaglia as Lex Luthor, is as excited to be playing the iconic role as we are to talk to her about it. Because honestly, she's pretty damn super, too.
TV Guide Magazine: We love that you took this role!
Christina Hendricks: It was so fun! It was my first time doing a voice-over and when they asked if I want to do Lois Lane, it was a no-brainer. It was like the perfect first project to do a voice for.
TV Guide Magazine: Did you get to record with James Denton or any of the other actors?
Hendricks: No, I did it completely on my own. It was interesting since I'd never done this before, I didn't have anything to compare it to or anyone else to watch to make sure I was doing it right. I really had to rely on the director and everyone working on the recording. They were super-helpful. I just sat there by myself in a room. You sort of feel silly and foolish at first, but then I really got into it. It was great!
TV Guide Magazine: So what does this Lois Lane get to do?
Hendricks: She goes on this crazy adventure, the kind you always hoped for Lois. She gets to fly and go to the Fortress and have Superman's powers for a day. She finally gets to feel what it's like to be Superman.
TV Guide Magazine: And she gets a costume, right?
Hendricks: She does! He makes it for her. [Laughs]
TV Guide Magazine: What was your knowledge of Lois and her whole evolution?
Hendricks: You know, I grew up on the Christopher Reeve Superman, so that was the Lois I always knew. I've seen the movies maybe a million times and loved them as a little girl. And of course, we all know the characters, so you know the qualities she has. But I was really excited when I read the script because I thought 'Oh! Lois Lane can do that?' And of course, they can write anything they want for these characters. They can go on these amazing adventures. It opened up that whole world for me.
TV Guide Magazine: The Lois you grew up with never really found out who Clark was. In this, she does.
Hendricks: Right, so it's a funny twist in this movie that she's like, 'Give me a break. Stop pretending you're Clark Kent.' It's always been the other way around. [Laughs]
TV Guide Magazine: Now, very much like Joan on Mad Men, Lois has sort of come in to her own after starting out in a very sexist society.
Hendricks: Yes! It's true. And I have to assume the reason they came to me in the first place is that they saw some qualities in Joan — that she was plucky and confident — which were the same things they wanted in their Lois Lane.
TV Guide Magazine: Have you seen the final product?
Hendricks: I did! We went to the premiere the other night and it's amazing. I was saying that it is so well done, I was actually able to forget that it was me and just sit back and enjoy the movie. Every once in a while, I would remember that I was playing Lois and that was just so exciting.
TV Guide Magazine: For your fans, too, I'm sure.
Hendricks: That would be nice. I know that fans of sci-fi and comic books are very passionate. I hope they approve of my interpretation.
TV Guide Magazine: Has this triggered your comic-book gene? Do you find yourself wandering comic shops or downloading them?
Hendricks: Well, my husband is really into them, so he's given me some to read. He's been doing this slow introduction... He doesn't want to scare me off.
TV Guide Magazine: And what superpower would you love to have?
Hendricks: Oh I would love to be able to fly. I wouldn't want to be able to read peoples' minds or have x-ray vision. I think that would be terrifying. But I would love to fly.