Welcome to January Jones Fan, your #1 destination for all things January Jones, best known for her work on "Mad Men" as Betty Francis. She can also be seen in the upcoming indie "Sweetwater". We house a detailed filmography, the largest January gallery and video archive on the web and so much more! Enjoy your stay!
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6x01-02 | The Doorway
... as Betty Francis
In the Season 6 premiere, Don launches a new campaign, while Roger receives some unnerving news and Betty welcomes a houseguest.
We’re hearing from a few of you that January will appear on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Monday, April 22. This sounds legit as she will be at the Paley Center on April 23 for a “Mad Men” panel. We’re trying to find some confirmation, so check back soon!
Lots & lots of things going on today. First up, I’ve added HQ captures from January’s first appearance on the sixth season of “Mad Men”, along with three fabulous UHQ stills of Jan, donated by Dbiloo at our amazing affiliate Jon Hamm Source.
I’ve also got some “Sweetwater”goodies for you, including a brand new trailer and captures you will most likely see first here! Way more January and dialog in this one. In addition and thanks to Atlas Films, I’ve added some new stills and the promotional flyer for the film. We also found out thanks to Twitter that the movie will be released in the UK under the title “Sweet Vengeance”. You can pre-order it through Amazon now! Me and my region-free DVD player will definitely be enjoying the film when it releases June 03, 2013.
I also added 20+ more images of January from the Coach event and I’ve also got an exclusive treat for you today as part of our month long celebration of our fourth year online! 6 very rare outtakes from an older shoot of January have been added to the gallery.
“Sweetwater” Will Screen at the 2013 Dallas International Film Festival
Thanks to jeffct87 on YouTube for the heads up. “Sweetwater” will screen at this weekend’s 2013 Dallas International Film Festival on Saturday, April 6 at 7:30 PM. You can find more information on the official website by clicking here. Dallas is about 6 hours out of my way, so let’s keep hoping it gets picked up by a distributor stateside!
A few other press goodies for you :
Slate has a character study on Betty, but fair warning for JJ fans…they don’t seem to fond of her acting and/or the direction Matthew Weiner is giving her.
Boston.Com has a nice article on the women of “Mad Men”.
January Jones Talks MAD MEN Season 6, Betty’s Parenting and Weight Issues, Her Preparation Process, the Possibility of Betty and Don Reconnecting, & More
Not much in the ay of appearances, but January is still making the rounds promoting the newest season of “Mad Men”. She gave another fantastic interview, this time to Collider. Some highlights below, click here to read the full article. You can also listen to the full interview here.
On Betty connecting with children, but not her own: Yeah, I definitely think that’s why she connected with children, specifically with the Glen character, and I think that’s why she also butts heads with her own children. Especially Sally and Bobby, too. I think she’s a bit easier on the baby, cause he’s a baby but…. Yeah, I think very much so. She is on the same emotional level, and I think now Sally is even surpassing her emotional maturity in a way, and has become almost Betty’s parent. Sort of weird, but.
On the fat suit and Betty’s transformation: It was extremely challenging just physically and time wise because I had 6 or 7 hours of prosthetics, so I’d have to arrive at work at 3 in the morning and then an hour to take it off at the end of the day. And I was nursing a baby. It was just very physically challenging and it was also physically limiting in what I could do on screen. The DPs and lighting everyone was very frustrated with the whole situation. I could only turn my head so much, and if I turned my body and not my head… I didn’t want to look robotic, so it was a whole new set of skills I had to learn acting wise. I felt like it was a lesson in showing emotion without moving your body or head. So it was challenging and still is. But I loved how I felt in it, too, because I just felt that it leant so much to Betty and made her a bit more sympathetic. People empathize with her a bit more, I think.
On wardrobe envy: Well, yeah, I never missed my girdle so much, as much as I complained about it. But, no, I love what Janey does for every character. The outfits that Christina [Hendricks] gets to wear and Jessica Paré’s outfits are awesome – she’s a bit more mod and that’s something that Betty would never get to do, because she’s sort of stuck in 1955. But, I don’t go crying about it or anything.
On memorizing scripts: I mean I think all of us have exercised our brains in a way where we can… I can pretty much look at my sides in the morning and have it down. Cause we don’t get rehearsal either. Unless, I have some sort of big monologue or something specific, like the Italian, or something to learn. All of us sort of just wing it. But, you get really good; I mean I’ve gotten really great at memorizing just very quickly. But we don’t have time to break it down or think ‘What I’m gonna to do.’ It’s sort of instinct on the day.
On Betty’s style: We sort of… we’ll do things in the hair and makeup trailer, without permission sometimes, where we’ll do something a little more current with hair and makeup. Cause I do think Betty is very fashionable, I think she looks at her Vogues and I think that she would try to evolve a little bit. But I just don’t think that she is at an age where she’s going to do little miniskirts and stuff. Especially not at her size at this moment.
On Betty and Don reconnecting: I liked the idea of that relationship. And I loved working with Jon and acting out those sometimes very heated arguments or passionate moments. We work really well together, and so I liked that. But, I just don’t think that it’s realistic, and Matthew doesn’t think that it’s realistic. I think that she would have been able to deal with infidelity and things like that, but finding out that he was someone else just ended it for her in her head.
On Jessica Pare: I’ve had a few scenes with Jessica which have been really fun. She’s fun.
Matthew Weiner gave a fantastic interiew to the Denver Westword regarding January and the character of Betty. Some highlights below and you can read the full article here.
By Mad Men’s fifth season, Betty Draper had walked out of our lives, and a much plumper Betty Francis had waddled in. The audience response to this swollen version of a once-slender character: a collective cringe. Suddenly Betty became a joke. In no time, a parody of Ram Jam’s “Black Betty” hit the Internet, spoofing the ice cream–guzzling former beauty queen as “Fat Betty.”
“I think people were shocked she was still on the show,” Mad Men creator and executive producer Matthew Weiner concurred in a recent sit-down at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. “I never want to do the show without January,” Weiner says plainly. “She’s such an interesting actress, quite honestly, and she originally signed on for three lines.”
Betty appeared only at the very end of Mad Men’s pilot, and she was purposely left out of the season-one promotional campaign. Weiner wanted the very existence of the fool-around ad man’s stunning wife to be a surprise.
Betty is part of a “wasted generation,” he says. “She’s educated, and she has the best job in the world, which is living in the lap of luxury with all these conveniences, and not having that much housework to do.
“It’s hard on her,” he adds. Hard on her mostly because Betty is, as Weiner says, “caught in between.” She earned a degree from Bryn Mawr at a time just before society might ask her to use it. For Betty, beauty was always her most logical path to success.
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With big thanks to affiliate Jon Hamm Source, I’ve added scans from the newest TV Guide to the gallery. January also spoke in-depth to to Zap2it and the London Eveing Standard on Betty and the return of “Mad Men”. These are really meaty interviews about Betty and some of January’s thoughts on the period – not the standard “fat suit” questions. Out new layout will be up this week as well a some exciting site changes. Enjoy the interviews and scans until then!
On whether or not Betty may ever reconnect with Don…
“Like a lot of audience members, I liked the idea of that relationship. And I loved working with Jon and acting out those sometimes very heated arguments or passionate moments. We work really well together, and so I liked that. But, I just don’t think that it’s realistic, and Matthew doesn’t think that it’s realistic. She would have been able to deal with infidelity and things like that, but finding out that he was someone else just ended it for her in her head.”
On what the cast knows about the season before filming begins…
January Jones: “We don’t find out [anything] until we get that first script for each season, which is a couple days before the table read — or a day before the table read sometimes. The only time I’ve ever gotten a little bit of knowledge is if I had to learn something specifically and I’d needed to learn it before we started. Before Season 2, I was taking months of English horseback riding lessons, learning to jump and do all that, not really knowing why. I thought I was going to bite the bullet or something. Before the episode where we were in Rome, I had a few weeks to try to learn Italian. Things like that. But otherwise, no. And I don’t ask. I know some of the cast members ask and try to needle info out of [Matthew Weiner]. But, I’d rather be surprised.”
Read all of the Zap2It Interview by clicking here.
“I don’t think Betty is a villain. I don’t know that she has a black heart,” says Jones. “I disagree with her, a lot. I don’t know if I necessarily like her, and I don’t know if I would be her friend, but I defend her, fiercely. I remember at the end of season two, when she had that random affair in the bar, and the reaction I had to that from fans was ‘How could she do that to Don?’ I just thought: ‘Do you watch the show? The guy has been sleeping with so many other women’. I think that’s a little bit sexist. I would have divorced Don long before Betty did. I’m a bit old-fashioned when it comes to infidelity.”
Read all of the London Evening Standard Interview by clicking here.
As the wait for the Mad Men’s sixth season is finally coming to an end, The Paley Center for Media is hosting a panel of the show’s cast and creative team to discuss all aspects of the peerless television drama. Jon Hamm, Christina Hendricks, Kiernan Shipka, John Slattery, Vincent Kartheiser, January Jones, Jessica Paré, and Matthew Weiner will all be there in person.
Tickets went on sale yesterday for the event which will take place in Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 6:30 pm ET in New York.
It seems that January Jones was correct when she doubted her return for Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, not only that, it has emerged that none of the Hellfire Club will return.
The Geek Files cite a studio source as saying not to look for the return of January Jones as Emma Frost, Alex Gonzalez as Riptide or Zoe Kravitz as Angel Salvadore.
Jason Flemyng has already confirmed that he won’t return as the villainous father of Nightcrawler; Azazel, while the latest casting news includes the return of Daniel Cudmore’s Colossus, Fan Bingbing as Blink and Booboo Stewart as an as yet undisclosed part.
Written by Simon Kinberg and Matthew Vaughn, X-Men: Days of Future Past will see the ensemble of James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Sir Patrick Stewart, Sir Ian McKellen, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence and Halle Berry will all return to the franchise alongside newcomers Peter Dinklage and Omar Sy for the release on July 18 2014.
As for Jones, she was last seen in Logan Miller’s western Sweetwater which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January.
January and her co-stars held their seasonal press conference yesterday on the LA set of “Mad Men”. Only one Twitter image to show so far (edit: added one more), but we’re hunting for more so stay tuned! AMC has also released a promo for season 6 – no new information (of course) or images, but cool none the less. It also appears January is in Paris for Fashion Week so we’re on the lookout for her to attend some shows (Versace, maybe?). Enjoy!