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.
VIOLET GREY – The month of January brings with it a desire for frank self-examination, and once that’s over, an even greater desire for a whole new look. With that in mind, we thought we’d reach out to brilliant actress and longtime VIOLET GREY friend, the appropriately named January Jones. Jones, ever game, agreed to test out this season’s maximal makeup trend—artist Morgane Martini flew in from Paris for the shoot—in front of the glamorous lens of photographer Ben Hassett.
We then met at Nate ‘n Al’s, the storied Beverly Hills diner, for a round of cheeseburgers and a wide-ranging conversation with VIOLET GREY founder Cassandra Grey about sex scenes, parenthood, career fulfillment, and everything in between. The result is just the inspiration one needs to get through the early months of the year, sanity intact—and just for added value, we also got Jones to detail her morning beauty routine. Read on for the very best of January.
Interview Magazine recently asked January to review The Bachelorette‘s most eligible Bachelors.
To ring in the thirteenth season of The Bachelorette, we called up one of the show’s biggest fans, January Jones, to review the latest crop of men. Here, the Mad Men and Last Man on Earth actress gives us the breakdown on the good, the bad, and the Whaboom.
My name is January Jones and I’m a fan of The Bachelorette. I’m not an expert at much, but I’m really good at watching reality TV, so Interview magazine asked my opinion on the new season of the show.
First and foremost, I’m so excited that Rachel Lindsay is the Bachelorette. She’s adorable and smart, and she’s her own person who is looking for an addition to her already full life. As Cher says, “A man is not necessary, a man is a luxury… like dessert!”
My track record for picking the winner by just watching the premiere episode is zero out of many, so I’m just going to give my picks about who I think could be an actual option for dating Rachel. I’m also going to break down who I think is crazy, who is on the show to bring buyers into his real estate or tire business, and who was most likely cast to make the audience laugh.