Please post your positive thoughts and opinions about this lovely and absurdly underrated actress here. Her omission from the list of Emmy noms surely goes down as one of the biggest oversights, if not THE biggest oversight, in Emmy history.
Hi January! Welcome to Datalounge!
She's absurdly underrated because she CAN'T ACT! Her part in the Liam Neeson movie was so poorly acted that it has hopefully killed off her film career.
Which camera do I look at?
She just kicks ass as Betty Draper. Perfection.
Yes, she sucked in that X-men movie, but who cares?
A one-role actress. Betty Draper is it, though she's wonderful at it.
In real life, she's an unrepentant slut extraordinaire, and I kind of love her for that. So very old Hollywood. Keep your man close to you when January's around, the vamp!
who be da baby daddy?
January Jones is a goddess and can act rings around Red Torpedos, Teefs, and that unfortunate looking Moss creature.
January Jones can't act circles around anyone, with the possible exception of Pia Zadora.
Love her and the fact that she left a blank where the fathers name should have been on her bb's birth certifacate. Did we ever find out who the dad was? Ashton Kutcher? She's a natural fire crotch s that explains the bb's genes.
I adore how she is an unabashed and unashamed whore!
What a vagina she must have. I bet she named it and tends to it with the finest of care and uses a solid gold douche filled with holy water from the Vatacan.
I was just talking about JJ with a friend last night. I was saying that she's spectacular as Betty Draper: icy, emotionally dysfunctional, and sexually charged yet prim and "proper" as per the standards of her time. It's a very difficult line to tread and she does it wonderfully on Mad Men. She never overplays it - she's always very subtle as BD.
HOWEVER, she has been absolutely awful in everything else that I've seen her in. How can someone be so good in one role and so terrible in anything else?
She was ok in that movie with Liam Neeson.
The reason she's so good playing Betty Draper, and NO ONE else, is because irl she is Betty.
She's so cold and boring because her vagina stole all the personality away from her.
(continuation from last post)......
.... and I'm intrigued by her pussy. I imagine January's life is like that movie "Jolene", and that she's spent her whole life letting her pussy do the talking for her.
Is she really a natural red head? That explains alot.
I watched every episode of Mad Men and now I'm rewatching it from season 1. I didn't appreciate her acting until now. She's spectacular as Betty. None of the other actresses that play Don's girlfriends (and teefs) measure up.
She's part of our very exclusive club.
Dame May Whitty
She's pretty, but a horrible actress. Matthew Wiener clearly wanted to get into those panties BAD.
Betty Draper is a very odd character and many people seem to have no clue how hard it would be for anyone to pull her off well; Jones triumphs.
One of the Bobbys said she was hard to work with.
On TV, subtle understated performances like those of January Jones are overlooked and under-appreciated by viewers expecting theatricality-especially from cable dramas. The fact is "Betty" (on "Mad Men") IS a subtle, understated, somewhat icy character that require an actress with the expertise to communicate everything while maintaining a composed outer shell. January Jones does it magnificently-she is a great, Ned under appreciated, talent.
Meant to say: "...she is a great, AND under appreciated, talent." Damn, autocorrect!
She doesn't act when she's playing Betty any more than the Kardashians act on their reality show. It's just a scripted version of her own personality.
Love her as Betty Draper. She is fantastic. And I love Betty Draper!
[quote]Is she really a natural red head? That explains alot.
What does it explain?
A natural redhead
Jason Sudekis is the baby daddy
She's not a horrible actress, and she's not only good on Mad Men. In Unknown she played another ice queen, but it was played in a completely different fashion than Betty. She wasn't bad in First Class either. It's just easy to pick on the beautiful bitchy woman. If she's bitchy and trashy looking, like Jennifer Lawrence, she gets a pass for everything.
If anything January should be an interesting figure because of her baby daddy situation.
Did you actually watch Unknown and X-Men: First Class, r28? She nearly ruined both of those films.
I think the "appreciation" in this thread may have run its course!
Bump by request
Nobody can lisp like Jones....except Sarah Paulson.
I had to change cell phone numbers because of her.
She ought to beard up with Henry Cavill.
Any girl who prefers married dick needs an escort for public events.
Where IS January? She was a paparazzi favorite, and now it's like she's fallen off the face of the earth.
It's the name that gets people. January Jones sounds like a stripper.
I like the alliteration of her name, and R22 is spot-on. Audiences today don't appreciate subtlety or underplaying. They want every actor to play it to the rafters.
She is still gorgeous. She was a wonderful model. She is also a tremendously insecure actress of limited talent who can turn in a solid performance only when she is catered to by writers, by the director, and by her castmates.
I think she's good as Betty: far better this season than when she first started. But it's no secret that those performances are pulled from her like so many extracted teeth in dental surgery. Other, more seasoned actors: Hamm, Slattery, Moss, etc. don't require as much hand-holding to do what they do.
Loved the clip at R18. In fact, it made me wonder if I should be watching this show.
Tried to watch it years ago and it seemed like a lot of petty office stuff which bored me to tears.
R18 It depends on what could interest you. If it's Betty, stick with the show until the end of the third season. The petty office shit is ever present. OMG Joan's ex boyfriend reveals her real age! Whatever.
Claudia Schiffer's husband, the guy who directed her in the X Man movie, is supposed to be her kid's father.
She supposedly got with the Hemsworth kid, the one in the Hunger Games engaged to Miley Cyrus, at some party after the Oscars and was fooling around with him for a while after.
I think the bitch in her comes out, regardless. I enjoyed Mad Men's cast appearance on Inside the Actors' Studio but while everyone else looked engaged, she looked bored. Is she really a natural redhead? I would have bet money that she was a natural blonde. Has one incredible hairdresser then!
She was incompetent in UNKNOWN - her SAG card should have been revoked for that one alone. She was also bad in a high-profile SVU appearance. Her ability to deliver the goods with Betty is a mystery given her inability to do anything but rudimentary, amateurish acting in anything else. She's like a younger Theresa Russell, although Theresa Russell didn't have a "Mad Men" to fool people into thinking she had talent.
She is at least sexy and attractive, unlike TR
R43's post is incompetent. I don't think she's natural redhead, where did that info come from?
I think she's one of the most stupid actors working today.
That's why she's so flat, dead-eyed and dreary-voiced in everything, she's a stone-cold moron.
R46 What are you bitter about? Have you any of JJ's interviews? She's not a moron at all.
How many men do you think she's had sex with in her entire life?
January Jones has an obsessed fan who can't stand it that so few people share his adulation of the talentless one.
Don't at all think she's "absurdly underrated". She's beautiful, often has an interesting sense of fashion (takes risk, fails sometimes, but still), and she nailed the part of Betty Draper. Outside of that, she's not that great of an actress (I thought she was really bad in whatever based-on-comic movie she was in last year).
She's done a lot with a little. She seized her opportunity. There's not that much more to say. I don't hold that against her. Bit parts here and there for a few years, maybe a few more substantial roles, but she's reached her apex.
I don't think she's that beautiful. She's blonde, blue eyed and everything is in the right place, but not very interesting. And the comparisons to Grace Kelly are way off. Kelly was much more patrician and Jones' nose makes her look kind of coarse and common.
But her personal life is interesting, she seems to value her privacy and she was a good judge on PROJECT RUNWAY and even made a funny quip.
[quote]Where IS January? She was a paparazzi favorite, and now it's like she's fallen off the face of the earth.
She's hiding from YOU, r35.
"She doesn't act when she's playing Betty any more than the Kardashians act on their reality show. It's just a scripted version of her own personality."
And you know this how? Watching Jones being interviewed as herself, she strikes me as quite different than Betty. Shy, and unlike Betty, neurotic in a very awkward, rather than highly polished, way. Pretty but almost mousy rather than glamorous or the personification of the perfect corporate wife.
Beyond that, those on DL who think revealing onesself in a role is easy, don't know shit about acting. This trope "she's just playing herself" is a cliche foisted by people who haven't a clue about the art of portraying a role, whether very similar or very different than one's own personality.
^In addition, she is quintessentially Midwestern, nothing Bryn Mawr about her.
So is the clip at R18 rare, or are there other moments like that in the show? I thought that clip was excellent.
My god, her FOREHEAD in R18's clip! Is it the botox doing it? When she starts crying, she looks like a klingon.
from CDAN (Poor Jan)
Monday, July 29, 2013
Blind Items Revealed
September 24, 2012
This actress is B list. She does television and movies and has been in this spot before. Over the past few months she has been trying to reach out and make friends, which is something she has never had before. As she does reach out, they are pretty much immediately betraying that friendship and gossiping their little hearts out because what our actress has to say is amazing. The reason she says that she does not have any friends and sits at home without any with her every night is because when she was first starting to hit it big in Hollywood she was with guys right away. Actors, directors, producers. All men. They all wanted a piece of her and she believed what they had to say. To a man they were all also very controlling of her and jealous and many would beat her if she talked to another man. They considered her their property. She said that a few years of that treatment kind of took over and she was also not allowed to go out much on her own because of the jealousy factor so never really met other women except on sets and those friendships would be great on set but would end just as soon as shooting did. Now, she does not really have a man in her life. She has someone else though. No, not a woman. Other women have tried to befriend her but her social skills with women are awkward. She says that she is not even sure how she should pose with other women. She is afraid to go out much because of her drinking. She does it at home. She says she only gets drunk at home during certain times and is very safe, but when she goes out, she doesn't feel restricted and knows that is when she gets in trouble. She says that she has panic attacks about getting drunk and doing something stupid. She has had flings with all kinds of guys and knows when she drinks it does not matter if they are married or not or attractive or not, and that she has already had one life changing experience because of her drinking and does not want another.
There was a reason she had to leave Sioux Falls, SD in a hurry!
Is that the longest paragraph since Proust wrote? And also the least interesting?
So according to the blind at R57, her baby with the X-Men director was a result of her drinking?
So we can thank JJ for the Miley Cyrus performance at the VMA's?
Stop the JJ appreciation this instant.
I think she's beautiful. She gave me a lock of her hair.
SALLY!!! STOP IT!!!
I agree with longwinded57. It's so obvious. Now she has a kid and signing father's name leads to his own divorce.
She's not pretty from around town but the makeup, hair, gowns and LIGHTING make her shine unlike GK who had a warm sparkle in her eye and slight smile.
Only boring people are bored.
She is perfection on Mad Men. I don't recall watching her performances in anything else so she must not be that great outside of the show.
I also think she is a great classical beauty, she reminds me of the starlets from 40's and 50's.
Here's an interesting piece of trivia about January from IMDB page for X-Men: First Class:
This is the second time that January Jones has been cast in 1962 opposite an actor with a PORK BASED NAME. The first was in Mad Men opposite Jon Hamm and then this alongside Kevin Bacon.