January Jones found filming Mad Men tough when she was pregnant. The 35-year-old actress - who is mother to 18-month-old Xander, but refuses to name the father - had her baby bump disguised in a storyline which saw her character, Betty Francis, put on weight because she was unhappy, and the beauty says each day's shooting was hard.
"When we started filming, I was quite pregnant and had to come into work at 3am each day for six or seven hours of prosthetic make-up," she explained. January added she was "afraid" of the response to her changing appearance, but found the reaction by fans was even better than she imagined: "I was very afraid of how that first episode would look when it aired, but I loved the audience response to her. When she's bigger, viewers are more sympathetic to her."
Three Mad Men stars -- January Jones, Elisabeth Moss, and Vincent Kartheiser -- are in final talks to ink their two-year contracts, which secures their roles for the last two seasons of the award-winning series.
While Jones had fewer screen time in season five due to her pregnancy, Moss' character Peggy Olson was largely absent from the Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce offices, leaving fans to question where her storyline will go next if Moss remains for another two seasons. Series creator Matthew Weiner shed some light on Peggy's arc (spoilers after the jump):
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January Jones feels her Mad Men character is "harshly" judged.
The actress plays the feisty Betty Draper in the hit show and she says the fans' reaction to her actions as been unfair because Betty's husband Don Draper spent most of their marriage having affairs,
"She's judged so harshly. I remember, at the end of season two, she had that random affair in a bar, and the reaction was, 'How could she she have an affair? How could she do that to Don?' I was like, 'Do you watch the show?' I mean the guy has been sleeping with so many other women, talking to Betty's therapist behind her back and all these things... Betty finally gets hers in a bar, and it's like, 'What?'" January said, speaking of Betty's fling with another man.
Betty has also faced criticism for her mothering skills - especially when she slapped her daughter - and January admits the audience is now becoming scared of Betty as the 1960s drama goes on: "I used to have more people come up to me in series one and two, and they were a bit more sympathetic to Betty. I guess when she was more internal with her feelings, you pitied her more. Lately, though, the fans are scared of Betty a bit more - most people are just shielding me from their children."
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Tonight, the annual Emmy Awards telecast will be aired live on both the East and West Coasts (finally!). The ceremony will also incorporate fan tweets into Jimmy Fallon’s material—but will there be any other surprises in the 2010 broadcast?
Will 30 Rock continue its domination in the Comedy category, or will Glee - or even Modern Family - finally topple the reigning champ? Will Mad Men snag another Best Drama win, or will Lost get a statue for its final season?
What will Conan O’Brien say if he wins for The Tonight Show during this NBC event? Will Elisabeth Moss address soon-to-be ex-husband Fred Armisen if she wins for Best Supporting Actress? Oh – the awkward possibilities are endless!
So who won and who lost at the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards? Read our West Coast play-by-play account of this evening’s telecast and find out!
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The road to the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards officially kicked off early this morning. Modern Family‘s Sofia Vergara (who received a nod) and Community‘s Joel McHale (who didn’t) were the ones who had the honor of reading this year’s list of nominees.
Although Mad Men - with 17 nominations - once again topped off all dramas, 30 Rock didnot
lead the comedies. Glee did. The freshman FOX series raked in a total of 19 noms, only a handful short of the overall leader. (HBO’s miniseries, The Pacific, received 24 mentions.) 30 Rock did receive 15 nominations, though, while Modern Family followed closely behind with 14.
The August 29 ceremony - which NBC will air live on both the East and West coasts - will be hosted by Jimmy Fallon. You can see a partial list of nominees after the jump.
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If you’re having a hard time waiting for Season 4 of Mad Men to begin, check this clip out.
During the wrap party for Season 3, members of the cast and crew teamed up to perform “Bye Bye Birdie,” the Ann-Margret song and video that was central to the “Love Among the Ruins” episode last August. January Jones, Vincent Kartheiser, Michael Gladis, Elisabeth Moss and Jon Hamm are just a few of the actors who participate in the video for creator Matthew Weiner.
After the jump, you can see both the original version from Ann-Margret and the Patio Cola commercial created on the AMC drama.
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The 2009-10 awards season kicked into high gear this morning with the official announcement of the Golden Globe nominations.
Here are some of the noteworthy mentions from this year’s list of TV nominees:
- Freshman drama Glee leads all TV nominations with a total of four - including mentions for Lea Michele, Matthew Morrison and Jane Lynch. Damages, Dexter, 30 Rock and Big Love all got three noms.
- Although cable television dominated the Best Drama category, the major networks had a tight hold of the Best Comedy category.
- Newbies recognized this year include Courteney Cox (Cougar Town), Thomas Jane (Hung), Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie) and Modern Family.
- Despite big buzz around Emmy time, Big Bang Theory‘s Jim Parsons did not get any love this time around. Meanwhile, Emmy-winner Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) was snubbed as well.
- HBO, once again, leads all channels with 17 nominations. FOX and Showtime both had six each.
The 67th Golden Globe Awards with host Ricky Gervais airs Jan. 17 on NBC.
(You can find the full list of television nominees after the jump. Click here for the film nominations.)
It’s not even Saturday, yet the VMA references have already begun.
In new promos for Saturday Night Live, Bill Hader gets a jump start on the Kanye West jokes in these clips with musical guest/actress Taylor Swift. Will this be the last time we hear the rapper’s name mentioned this week? I hope not!
Other actors/singers scheduled to appear on SNL in the weeks to come include January Jones (Mad Men) and the Black Eyed Peas on November 14 and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (500 Days of Summer) and the Dave Matthews Band on November 21.
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“The guy I was dating when I first got to L.A. was not supportive of my acting. He was like, I don’t think you’re going to be good at this. So—f**k you! He only has nice things to say now—if anything, I should thank him. Because the minute you tell me I can’t do something, that’s when I’m most motivated.”
-Golden Globe-nominated January Jones (Mad Men) on the advice her previous boyfriend, Ashton Kutcher, once gave her.
Here are some of the TV on DVD options available this Tuesday.
- Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations (Collection 4)
- Bewitched (Season 8)
- The Color of Magic
- ER (Season 11)
- Grey Gardens
- Ironside (Best Of) (Season 1)
- Joe Schmo 2 (Season 2)
- Leverage (Season 1)
- Mad Men (Season 2)
- Peyton Place (Part 2)
- Shark Week: The Great Bites Collection
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