Unpacking the Mad Men star’s delightfully ridiculous Instagram, a fitting mirror for our pandemic-induced malaise.
VANITY FAIR – This year we received an unexpected celebrity gift: the Instagram presence of January Jones. During Los Angeles’s confusing and unrigorous lockdowns, the actor, known best for playing Don Draper’s long-suffering wife (then ex-wife), Betty Draper, on Mad Men, has kindly granted bored and discouraged scrollers access to her own droll and kooky interiority. As 2020 unfolded, she gave us colorful, unskilled dance videos, Barbie doll theater, lackadaisical garden tours reluctantly shot by her young son, ridiculous yet boldly chic looks, and one-act plays about quickly losing your mind during the pandemic.
While she puts on a distressed shtick, Jones doesn’t claim to be suffering in any serious way; she plays up the Marie Antoinette-ishness of her well-appointed conditions with astute comedic timing. She’s not angling to flatter or impress, either. Instead, she animates the most idiosyncratic parts of her personality to make us cackle—without letting her playful self-awareness slip into a grating self-consciousness, as is common with the celebrity Instagram set. A single mother bored to pieces in a huge house, she dressed up as Miss Hannigan for Halloween, posing with a bewildered look in her widely featured bathtub.
Hi, January fans! I have
finally added screen captures of January as Carol Baker in season one of Spinning Out. Check them out in the gallery!
Unfortunately, Netflix has cancelled Spinning Out just after a month it was released. Thanks to the cast and crew for such a fantastic series! We already miss you.
DEADLINE – EXCLUSIVE: Netflix has canceled competitive figure skating drama Spinning Out after one season. The decision comes a little over month after Spinning Out‘s January 1 release, consistent with Netflix’s practice of evaluating a month worth of viewership data before making a renewal decision on bubble shows.
After James asks the very dapper John Cena about his 2.0 look, complete with lush locks of hair (on his head, not beard), James shows a photo of January Jones from the 4th grade, and January walks James through her look, and recalls how her teacher swiped her looks throughout the school year.
James invites his guests John Cena and January Jones to test their nerves in a game of Flinch, in which various fruit is shot out of a high-speed cannon with only a small sheet of plexiglass in the way.
January Jones (Mad Men, Last Man on Earth, Anger Management) is an American actress and model. January joins the Armchair Expert to discuss her obsession with reality TV, moving to Los Angeles with Ashton Kutcher in her early 20s and noting people don’t expect her to be smart. Dax is excited they are both named after fictional characters and January gives her opinion on why Mad Men was so successful. The two talk about social anxiety, January talks about her fear of fear and she discusses her experience as a single mother raising a young boy.