Which would you rather watch: Conan O’Brien shamelessly hitting on Christina Hendricks on national television, or Christina Hendricks humblebragging about how much men love her body? It doesn’t matter, because last night’s Conan had both.
The conversation started off awkward, with Conan putting Christina in the uncomfortable position of trying to think of an appropriate response to the question, So like, how hot do you think you are? And then it took a turn for the cringe-worthy when she ended up having a story ready.
Conan: You’re a very mesmerizing presence, and I’m betting that your experience is that men act kind of silly and dopey around you. Is that true? You seem like someone, if you were just walking down the street, that guys would just not be paying attention to what they were doing.
Christina: I had one incident, but this was year ago. It was summer, and I’d just gone out and bought this little wispy white summer dress, and I was going to meet my friends. … This guy was riding a bike by and he started staring at me. [My friend] was watching from a distance, and he said the whole thing went in slow-mo. The guy hit the curb and flew off his bike. But this was one incident.
I mean, I know that they probably planned out this whole exchange in the pre-interview, but it still makes me feel weird on several different levels. 1) It kind of makes it seem like the most important part of this talented actress is that she’s insanely attractive, 2) it kind of makes it seem like women should be flattered when random men objectify them on the street, 3) I don’t really know how she could have responded without sounding like she was either bragging or delusional about her looks, and 4) it’s just freaking strange.
I love Conan and Christina, and the rest of her spot on the show was just as charming as you’d expect, but I get the feeling I’ll keep thinking about this one weird moment for a long time. It’s funny, yeah. But does it make anyone else uncomfortable, or is it just me?
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