Is January Jones as Cold as Her Character Betty Draper?

What If She's Not Acting?

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January Jones at the Emmy's in 2008
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January Jones at the Emmy's in 2008

Though she was named after sexy swinger January Wayne from "Once is Not Enough" and not the frosty first month of the year, January Jones is gradually getting a reputation for fitting her name. Recently one of the "Mad Men" actress's former cast mates warned TV Guide, "Be careful around January. She's not as approachable as the others . . . . Everyone else is so nice."

That the judgemental colleague was child actor Jared Gilmore -- jumping ship next season to appear in ABC's "Once Upon A Time" -- should give some pundits pause. The 11-year-old actor who played Jones' son Bobby on the retro 60s show may not have heard of method acting, a practice in which actors channel the thoughts and feelings of the characters they are playing, going so far as to behave like their character even when the camera is turned off.

Another "Mad Men" co-star, John Slattery, chivalrously rose to the blonde beauty's defense, arguing the lad who played her son may have confused her mean-mother role with the actress herself. "That's the character," said the actor who portrays player Roger Sterling on the show. "Betty Draper is an intimidating woman."

Slattery's argument loses steam, however, when other stories about the "X-Men" actress surface. "Hangover" actor Zach Galifianakis, for instance, was appalled by her arrogance at a party. After she summoned the sometimes stand-up comedian to sit next to her at a table, the two chatted for about 10 minutes. Then Jones said abruptly, "I think it's time for you to leave now," Galifianakis reported, though he managed to put the former girlfriend of Ashton Kutcher and Josh Groban in her place. "So I say, 'January, you are an actress in a show and everybody's going to forget about you in a few years, so f**king be nice,' and I got up and left."

Adding to the "Is she or isn't she" speculation over whether she is really the ice queen she plays on TV is Jones' coolness concerning her pregnancy. Unlike most of her celebrity colleagues who proudly proclaim who their babies' daddies are, Jones has been mum about the paternity of her unborn infant. She is rarely pictured smiling -- a seeming requirement of blissful actresses with baby bumps -- more often displaying the slightly uncomfortable expression of someone who has just eaten too much rich food at dinner.

Hints of a January cold streak also emerged in a 2009 interview the actress did with GQ magazine in which the Sioux Falls native said part of the reason she moved to New York City to model at age 18 was "to show all those bitches in high school who said I wasn't pretty enough."

The same interviewer, however, was charmed by the Grace Kelly throwback. He concluded about his enigmatic subject, " I can see why, in other interviews, she often comes off as distant: the aloof pretty girl, unfailingly polite but also self-protecting, a little more Betty Draper than the woman who, after her fifth round last night, picked up the digital recorder and announced: 'Dear men of America, I like beer, I like football. I'm probably the most interesting girl you'll ever meet.'"

Like the movie "Unknown" in which she co-starred earlier this year, it is likely the public will never know what January Jones is really like. Though it is doubtful she's a "sugar and spice and everything nice" good girl who cares what other people think of her, even pretty blond actresses are more complicated than the convenient Snow-White-or-Evil-Queen categories in which most people want to tag them.

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