Christina Hendicks has said her life transformed completely from playing Joan on Mad Men, which is airing its first of eight final episodes on April 5. “My life has pretty much changed in every single way. Except for my friends and my family,” she told People magazine.
With her throughout the show’s run has been her husband, actor Geoffrey Arend. They met in 2006 and married in 2009. Learn more about their romance’s beginnings and how it’s grown through the years.
1. They Met Through Her Co Star
Arend was a friend of Vincent Kartheiser, who plays Pete on Mad Men. Kartheiser first made introductions at a private club, the Magic Castle, in L.A.
Hendricks told Cosmopolitan, “[We met] through Vincent Kartheiser, who plays Pete Campbell in Mad Men. Vinnie invited several friends to a place in LA called the Magic Castle – me being one. Geoffrey walked in and I was like, ‘Who is this guy?’ He had amazing hair and was all dishevelled – he was running late and everyone was waiting for him. He just came in with this very high energy.”
Hendricks didn’t waste any time and got Arend’s contact information that night. “…we had both recently gone through break-ups so weren’t really in that frame of mind. He was just charming, funny and very magnetic. I got his number that night under the pretence of, ‘We could just be friends.’ And of course I immediately went home and Googled him,” she told the magazine.
The trailer above is for Beach Pillows, which Arend starred in with his wingman, Kartheiser.
2. They’re Both in the Business
Arend is best known for his work as Dr. Ethan Gross on Body of Proof from 2011 to 2013. Now, he’s on Madam Secretary as speechwriter Matt Mahoney.
However, in 2001, he acted in his first big screen role, as a college kid in Super Troopers, which became a cult classic. TMZ asked him about his well-known line, shown in the clip above.
“Every day, my wife wakes me up with that question,” he said, when TMZ asked how often he’s asked to recite it.
Hendricks likes the fact that he’s in the industry and can understand what she’s going through.
“[He] appreciates me when I’m home and comfortable and appreciates me when I’m all dolled-up and going to a party. He understands the process, she told E!News.
3. They Don’t Think They’re Having Kids
In an interview with Health, she said, “We’ve decided that we are not really interested in having children. It seems like it’s expected that you’d want to have kids.”
“It’s just very normal for people to say, ‘Well, when you guys have kids…’ And then when I say, ‘Actually I don’t think we’re going to do that,’ people will say, ‘Oh, you say that now…'” Hendricks added. “It doesn’t bother me, though. And, you know, there’s a small chance I could change my mind.”
The couple does have a cockapoo puppy to keep them busy. “Also, we just got a new puppy, so that’s been keeping us home quite a bit. It’s like having a baby,” Arend told Zap2it.
We call her Zuzu,” Hendricks told People. “She was named after [the character] in It’s a Wonderful Life [because] she was a Christmas puppy.”
4. They Have a 2-Week Rule
The couple married at Il Buco in New York City. In Style did a spread on their wedding, and noted that Mad Men’s designer dressed the bridesmaids in vintage. For their first dance, they selected “Origin of Love,” from Hedwig and the Angry Inch.
The day after the wedding, the couple both have to travel to different locations for work. “I went to Toronto and she went to Atlanta,” Arend said.
He told Zap2it the secret to their happy marriage:
We didn’t see each other for two-and-a-half weeks. That kind of thing happens sometimes, but we have a two-week rule. Two weeks can’t go by without us seeing each other, and that’s helpful for the mind and heart.
5. Geoffrey Discovered Her Sexiness First
Since her stint on Mad Men, Hendricks has noticed for her sensuality. Her husband knows that he was the one who saw that side to her first. In an interview with Health, Hendricks said, “Ha! Whenever we see something about it, he always says, “I told you from the beginning. I’m the one who called it first.” So he just wants a little credit. Really, he’s sweet and he’s happy for me.”
Arend also find it humorous. “My husband has a good laugh about it, of course,” she told Cosmo UK.