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Originally published in The Huffington Post

Christina Hendricks plays the unlucky-in-love Joan on “Mad Men,” but in real life she’s been in love with her husband since the day they met.

Hendricks told British news outlet The Sun Wednesday that she was drawn to her now-husband, actor Geoffrey Arend, immediately after they were introduced by her “Mad Men” co-star, Vincent Kartheiser, in 2007.

“There was something very striking about him when I first saw him, and I knew I was very intrigued and attracted to him,” Hendricks said. “I was able to get his number on a pretext and then over the next few weeks and months we began seeing each other and at one point we just knew it was right between us.”

She said Arend proposed in a “traditional way,” on bended knee, with flowers all over the house and her favorite song playing. Three years after their 2009 wedding, Hendricks said married life has been “as beautiful as I could have imagined.”

“I feel I’ve grown closer to him and we’re sharing so much every day in terms of how we feel and how we see our lives moving forward together,” she said. “I’m more aware now of making sure silly things never cause problems between us and being very protective of our time with each other.”

Hendricks revealed to Cosmopolitan in 2012 that she “freaked him out a bit” when she told him, “You make me want to have a family” on their first date. But she didn’t scare him off — the couple married at Il Buco restaurant in New York City in October 2009.