January Jones, Law & Order
Tonight's Law & Order
(10 pm/ET, NBC)
offers the luminous January Jones
a chance to explore her dark side as she portrays amoral beauty Kim Brody, whom Lupo and Green link to all sorts of nefarious deeds, including a real estate scam and a deadly hit-and-run accident. Kim's shenanigans would no doubt shock Betty Draper, the repressed '60s housewife Jones brought to life on Mad Men
. The actress spoke with us about her hit AMC series, her eerie resemblance to Grace Kelly and her unique first name.
TV Guide: What attracted you to Law & Order?
The script. I'd never seen an episode before I shot the show! I don't know if I could describe the character. I relate her to the Ed Norton character in Primal Fear
. She's an actress, playing the victim, playing seductress… very smart and calculated without a conscience. It was really fun.TV Guide: Betty she ain't.
Polar opposite. Betty is a subdued, unhappy housewife who is in denial, and Kim is nothing like that. That's what attracted me to the role.TV Guide: Did Mad Men's success surprise you?
I'm not surprised by people's reaction to it. When I first read the pilot, it was very apparent that it was so smart and so different from anything else. It was an opportunity to delve into a character and really find out who this person is. It's a time period that hasn't been talked about for a while. The way it looks, the way it feels, I'm really proud of it. It's my first series and I really struck gold.TV Guide: In both Mad Men and We Are Marshall, you have this natural look that transcends the time period your character is in.
I attribute that to hair and makeup. It's not overdone. My hair and makeup people will look at pictures of Grace Kelly to get inspiration.... I just want to feel like I'm not wearing a costume and my hair isn't overly coiffed. I feel normal.TV Guide: You do look like Grace Kelly! One of the episodes even referenced that....
I don't go around looking perfect all the time. It's very flattering, and I think the hair and makeup people deserve [credit] more than I do! It's pretty cool.TV Guide: What do you think of that Kennedy-era period?
I know on the show it might come off shocking the way women are treated. I probably take for granted the time period I live in now. But the chauvinism, the sexual misconduct, it still goes on. I do think women had to fight a lot harder [then].TV Guide: Assuming the strike gets settled, what can you tell us about Season 2 of Mad Men?
I think it's supposed be 1962, two years later. I don't really know anything. I've only been told to read Ariel
by Sylvia Plath and to take horseback riding lessons! Matt [Matthew Weiner, Mad Men
's creator] likes to keep it a secret, which is really fun for the actors.TV Guide: There has to be a story behind your name. Jones:
Yes, there is. It's from a book called Once Is Not Enough,
by Jacqueline Susann. My parents had the name picked out before I was conceived but I happened to be born in January as well! It's a bit of a cruel joke, but I like my name.
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