02/02/2012 07:46 GMT

'Mad Men's Christina Hendricks On Freaking Her Husband Out, Being Labelled The World's Sexiest And The L Word

Christina Hendricks, the vivacious, A-list bombshell and star of hit TV show Mad Men, poses in a six-page shoot, showing off her infamous curves against the backdrop of the Hollywood hills, and starring on the cover of the March edition of Cosmopolitan magazine.

In a candid interview, the actress tells Cosmopolitan how she Googled her husband, actor Geoffrey Arend, after first meeting him and then "freaked" him out by saying she wanted a family with him. The actress also opens up about being labelled the sexiest woman in the world and reveals what she finds sexy in a person.

Here are some titbits:

On how she met her husband, 500 Days Of Summer actor Geoffrey Arend:

"[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."

On how she Googled husband-to-be after first meeting him:

"...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."

On being persistent:

"Over the next few weeks, every time my friends got together, I'd say, 'You have to meet Geoffrey, he's so great.' Then I'd call him and be like, 'A bunch of my friends are getting an Italian - would you like to join?' I think he came every time. A few weeks later, we decided to spend more time together."

On saying the L word first:

"I cracked it out in such a big way. I was like, 'You make me want to have a family.' I freaked him out a bit. Thank God I didn't spook him enough to make him leave!"

On being labelled the sexiest woman:

"It's incredibly flattering and surprising, and I didn't think for a second when I started Mad Men that people would talk about me as being sexy or a pin up. My husband has a good laugh about it, of course."

On what sexiness means to her:

"Sexiness is about confidence and individuality. I can't keep my eyes off the women you see in cities like London, New York and Paris - the way they carry themselves and put themselves together are always so unique. Sexiness is about being an individual and having conviction about what that is."

On what she finds sexy in a man:

"I can give you a quick, easy list of the top five. I think it's obvious that men are more visual than women. But that's just the initial attraction. At the end of the day, I think they want the same thing as us: the sense of humour and having someone to talk to."

The full interview appears in the March issue of Cosmopolitan, on sale Thursday 2nd February.