You don’t have to throw a microphone very far to hit a fantasy in the film and TV industry. From the halls of Hogwarts to gardens as far and wide as Westeros and Mars, so many stories invoke that which we want—or want to imagine—but don’t have. Back on Earth, one such (grounded) fantasy is explored on Good Girls, an NBC crime dramedy starring Christina Hendricks, Retta, and Mae Whitman as three women involved in a good-girls-gone-bad scheme that starts to penetrate their fairly normal lives in ways at once exciting and horrifying. Unlike her messier TV-criminal predecessor, Nancy Botwin on Weeds, Christina Hendricks’s character, housewife Beth Boland, settles into a crime-adjacent life with the strategic ease of a mom who knows how to get shit done while the kids are asleep. Out of necessity, Boland is forced to wear many hats—human being, mother, wife, grocery store thief, sister, friend, “book club” member, money launderer… Clearly, she contains multitudes; we all do.
Hendricks, who we spoke to ahead of the Good Girls season three premiere on Sunday, February 16, is piling on the hats herself—literally, as in she collects them and they may or may not be taking over her house, but also as an actress, an aspiring director, a thoughtful social media novice, a supportive and loving colleague and friend, an enthusiastic fashion fan, a dog mom (shout-out to Triscuit), and more.