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January Jones Talks Playing A Bad Girl

January Jones Talks Playing A Bad Girl

January Jones is retro chic on the cover of Times magazine’s latest issue!

Here’s what the 33-year-old Mad Men actress had to share:

On her character, Betty: “I had no idea she would become so dark, complex, and weird. I wear three petticoats and a girdle, so I literally become this very tight person….I want her storylines to be controversial. It’s no fun being good. I enjoy playing a bad character because it’s not how I am in real life. To have people dislike Betty means I’m doing my job well.”

On comparisons to Grace Kelly: “I’ve been offered a couple of TV movies playing Grace Kelly and there was no way I would touch them with a 7 foot pole. It would be career suicide. No one would watch them and come away saying anything other than, ‘She’s so not Grace Kelly.’ Cate Blanchett got it right as Katharine Hepburn, but generally it doesn’t matter how much you look like that person or how good an actor you are, it’s impossible.”

On whether she’d ever have plastic surgery: “It makes you feel good about yourself, although I wouldn’t have anything done to my lips. I wouldn’t be averse to having something pulled back and up, but I can’t deal with the idea of my skin being taken off my face.”

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  • Kaz simply Amaazingg !!!!!!!!

    I don’t like woman like her ,80

  • Kaz simply Amaazingg !!!!!!!!


  • Katie-elle

    Who is offering this troll grace Kelly roles? She looks nothing like grace Kelly and is nowhere near beautiful enough to play her.

  • Passenger

    Offered a couple of movies ? Grace Kelly in her dreams.I see she’s been airbrushed again.

  • Jerry

    Why people hate on January is a mystery to me. It’s like they clearly don’t get Betty Draper at all – she said it herself – she wears 3 petticoats and a girdle for the role – that pretty much sums up what it’s like to be in Betty’s shoes, literally.

  • Ladyb

    I LOVE AND LOVE AND LOVE JANUARY JONES. Yes, she does look like Grace Kelly. In fact, I think she’s more goodlooking. I don’t know why she won’t play her. She already played a Grace Kelly look alive on one episode of Mad Men. As long as the script is good, she should play it. If she plays it, and it’s not well received, the only thing that could be wrong is bad script.

  • Anita

    Love JJ. I’m glad that shes smart enough not to just do a Grace Kelly film just for the sake of doing one. Like she said- just cos you look like someone doesn’t mean you should play them.

    @Jerry: I don’t get the hate either. But I think it’s because we don’t get to see alot JJ outside of Mad Men that often so people see her more as BD than as JJ. Irl she’s very funny, smart and easy going. Now that she’s doing more movies, I think people will get to see her rather than just Betty who they dislike.

  • anna

    It’s good that she has enough intelligence to not want to play Grace Kelly in a tv movie. If only Jennifer Love Hewitt had the same common sense before she went and ruined Audrey Hepburn.

  • Madhatter

    Yeah, finally an actress giving honest answers to questions!

  • pappy

    Yeah, finally another actress giving purposely borderline edgy answers to lame questions and promoting how humble she is and convinced somebody she is so sincere.

  • C

    Since when is Betty a “bad girl”? Jeez…

  • Toni

    January Jones is beautiful. People who hate her because of he BD part need counseling. She is an ACTRESS. She is not Betty. They write those lines for her….get it?

  • Dzorifgins

    I love her .