January Jones

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January Jones
Mad Men at the 67th Annual Peabody Awards - January Jones.jpg
Jones at 2008 Peabody Awards
Born
January Kristen Jones

(1978-01-05) January 5, 1978 (age 43)
Occupation
  • Actress
  • model
Years active1999–present
Children1

January Kristen Jones (born January 5, 1978) is an American actress and model. She is best known for her role as Betty Draper in Mad Men (2007–2015), for which she was nominated for two Golden Globe Awards for Best Actress – Television Series Drama and a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. She also portrayed Melissa Chartres in The Last Man on Earth (2015–2018) and has starred in films such as American Wedding (2003), We Are Marshall (2006), The Boat That Rocked (2009), Unknown (2011), Seeking Justice (2011), and X-Men: First Class (2011).

Early life[edit]

January Kristen Jones was born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, on January 5, 1978,[1] the daughter of store manager Karen Cox and exercise physiologist Marvin Jones.[2][3][4][5] She was named after January Wayne, a character in the Jacqueline Susann novel Once Is Not Enough. The names of her two sisters also start with the letter J.[6] In 1979, her family moved to Hecla, South Dakota, but moved back to Sioux Falls in 1996, where she graduated from Roosevelt High School.[4]

Career[edit]

Acting[edit]

Jones has had supporting roles in Anger Management (2003), Love Actually, and Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights. In 2005, she appeared as a U.S. border guard's wife in the film The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, directed by and starring Tommy Lee Jones. She has remarked that working on this film was one of the most creative experiences of her entire working life.[6] In We Are Marshall (2006), she played the role of Carol Dawson, wife of American football coach William "Red" Dawson. Jones also starred in Good Kill (2014), opposite Ethan Hawke.[citation needed]

She played the lead female role in the movie Love's Enduring Promise as a pioneer family's oldest child. Her character falls in love with a mysterious man who saves her father's life.[7] She also appeared in the AMC original television drama series Mad Men for seven seasons as young suburban housewife and mother Betty Draper Francis. She received two Golden Globe nominations and one Emmy nomination for her performances.[8][9]

Jones is also known for her role as Cadence Flaherty, the love interest of both Steve Stifler and Paul Finch in the 2003 comedy film American Wedding, the third instalment of the American Pie film series. She played a con artist in the Law & Order episode "Quit Claim" who, as a lone surviving suspect connected to a real estate scam involving organized crime, frustrates the efforts of Assistant District Attorney Michael Cutter.[citation needed] She also appeared in The Boat That Rocked, a British film about offshore pirate radio in the 1960s, renamed Pirate Radio for North American release in 2009.By that time she had been successful in her career.[citation needed]

Jones was ranked No. 82 on the Maxim Hot 100 Women of 2002.[10] She appeared on the cover of "The Hot Issue" of British GQ magazine in May 2009.[11] She appeared on the cover of the November 2009 issue of American GQ magazine, and has been a 'topic' in the magazine several times.[12] On November 14, 2009, Jones hosted an episode of Saturday Night Live, which featured the musical guest The Black Eyed Peas.[13]

In 2011, Jones starred in two thriller films, first in Unknown alongside Liam Neeson and Diane Kruger, directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, and later in Seeking Justice alongside Nicolas Cage and Guy Pearce.[14] She portrayed Emma Frost in X-Men: First Class.[15]

Jones appeared as Melissa Chartres in the Fox television comedy series The Last Man on Earth (2015–18).[16][17] She joined the cast of Netflix's 2019 comedy series The Politician,[citation needed] playing Dylan McDermott's wife.[18]

Jones had a leading role in the 2020 Netflix series Spinning Out, playing a troubled, bipolar single mother of two figure skaters.

Modeling[edit]

Jones began her modeling career in New York at the age of 18, after a modeling scout expressed interest while she was in high school.[19][20] She noted that modelling was not her passion and she never took it seriously. Her first agency behaved in a poor manner and claimed she owed them money when she decided to move to Los Angeles.[6] Jones has modeled for Abercrombie & Fitch,[21][22] Versace,[23] Clearasil and Kérastase.[24] She has graced the covers of numerous international fashion magazines, including Interview, Allure, Rolling Stone, Town & Country, The Hollywood Reporter and W in the United States; Harper's Bazaar, Marie Claire, Tatler, Glamour and Red in the United Kingdom; Cosmopolitan in Germany; Grazia in Italy; and Tu Style and GQ in Italy.[25]

Charity work[edit]

In 2009, Jones joined the marine conservation organization Oceana, as a celebrity spokesperson, working to save endangered sharks and to inform others about sharks' vital importance in nature.[26][27] She has gone swimming with sharks for a public service announcement for the group.[28]

Personal life[edit]

Jones dated Ashton Kutcher when they were both models for Abercrombie & Fitch in the late 1990s.[29] She was in a relationship with singer Josh Groban from 2003 to 2006.[30][31]

In September 2011, she gave birth to a son named Xander, whose father's identity was not publicly disclosed.[32][33]

One of Jones' favorite actors is Robert Stack. During her relationship with Jim Carrey, he presented her with Stack's autograph as a birthday present.[34]

Jones has an interest in unsolved mysteries and believes she has seen a UFO.[34] She has a tattoo that says "Bellatrix", the Latin word for warrior.[6]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1999 It's the Rage Janice Taylor
2001 The Glass House Girl
2001 Bandits Claire / Pink Boots
2002 Taboo Elizabeth
2002 Full Frontal Tracy
2003 Anger Management Gina
2003 American Wedding Cadence Flaherty
2003 Love Actually Jeannie
2004 Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights Eve
2005 The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada Lou Ann Norton
2006 Swedish Auto Darla
2006 We Are Marshall Carole Dawson
2009 The Boat That Rocked Elenore
2011 Unknown Elizabeth Harris
2011 X-Men: First Class Emma Frost
2011 Seeking Justice Laura Gerard
2013 Sweetwater Sarah Ramírez
2014 Good Kill Molly Egan
2015 Unity Narrator (voice) Documentary film
TBA God Is a Bullet Filming

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1999 Get Real Jane Cohen Episode: "Pilot"
1999 Sorority Number One Pilot
2002 In My Life Diane St. Croix Pilot
2004 Love's Enduring Promise Missie Davis Television film
2005 Huff Marisa Wells Episodes: "The Good Doctor," "The Sample Closet"
2007–15 Mad Men Betty Draper 67 episodes
2008 Law & Order Kim Brody Episode: "Quit Claim"
2009 Saturday Night Live Herself (host) Episode: "January Jones/Black Eyed Peas"
2010 Project Runway Herself / Guest Judge Episode: "A Rough Day On The Runway"
2015–18 The Last Man on Earth Melissa Chartres 63 episodes
2017 Animals. Diana (voice) Episode: "Roaches"
2017 Return of the Mac Herself Episode: "New Kid on the Talk"
2019 The Politician Lizbeth Sloan 3 episodes
2020 Spinning Out Carol Baker 10 episodes

References[edit]

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