January Jones on her style critics: ‘Those people don’t have degrees in fashion’

January Jones has a new New York Times profile – you can read the whole thing here. It’s not very flattering towards her, but that doesn’t surprise me at all. I’ve been covering January’s interviews and shenanigans for years now, and I think that in real life, she’s a piece of work – I’m saying that with a mix of judgment, bitchiness and admiration. If I have to give January credit for anything, it’s that she really doesn’t seem to give a crap about what any of us say about her. She gives cryptic, annoying, self-satisfied interviews. She openly fools around with married men, engaged men and otherwise “taken” men. And she survives, probably because she refuses to apologize or engage the press or the gossip. It’s pretty smart… sort of. Anyway, here are some gems from the NYT piece:

She doesn’t engage with interviewers: “I’m not trying to sell myself,” Ms. Jones said matter-of-factly. “I wouldn’t know how.”

On Betty Draper-Francis: “That was the fear for me, that we’d be in the third season, and you’d hate the character. She is really searching for something, but doesn’t know herself well enough to know what might make her happy,” she said. If Betty seems unmoored, “that’s because she is a little girl, an orphan. She has a childlike emotional response to things. You have to treat that very, very tenderly.”

Betty’s crazy “rape joke”: “Betty has a sick sense of humor. People need to realize that in that scene, Betty is just basically trying to make Henry blush. “

On her son’s paternity: “That’s my son’s business. It’s not the public’s business.”

She name-drops Jack Nicholson again: “Jack Nicholson once told me: ‘You should never give your personal life away, otherwise people will pick you apart. They’ll never believe in your character.’ ”

Secrets! “Women should have lots of secrets,” she said, a rare gleam of mischief in her eye. “It’s our right to have secrets. Otherwise, what would we write in our memoirs?”

Her fashion: “Most of my choices are my ultramodern and very thought-out,” she said. On the red carpet, meanwhile, “I want to do things that are shocking.” Critics dismissed the stiffly bibbed Prabal Gurung gown she wore to the Screen Actors Guild Awards in January, but “I wanted to go extreme in hair and makeup, like a Bowie character, maybe,” Ms. Jones said. “I thought that might be a little confusing, which I like.” She accented the trim black Chanel dress she wore last week to the gala for the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art with messily coiled hair and masklike eyes, prompting self-appointed red carpet pundits to quip that she looked like Batman, or worse, like the white swan’s evil double. So what? “Those people don’t have degrees in fashion,” Ms. Jones said. “Why would I care what they say?”

Money: “I wasn’t brought up with money. I don’t think I’d spend more than $150 on a shirt.” She is orderly. “I’m almost O.C.D.,” she said. “You will never find a piece of clothing on my floor. I can’t relax if I’m sitting in a mess.” She has passed that fastidiousness to her son. “His first word was ‘Mama,’ ” she said. “His second was ‘back,’ ‘cause I keeping saying, ‘Put it back.’ ”

Eating her son’s placenta. “It was like taking a vitamin blended into a smoothie,” she said unabashedly, explaining that the practice is a common folk remedy against postpartum blues. Maybe she shouldn’t have been so candid, Ms. Jones said, adding with pinch of sarcasm: “I’m a mammal. I nursed. I did all kinds of weird stuff.”

[From The NYT]

It’s amazing to me that January managed to get through a big interview with a non-celebrity media outlet and she didn’t get asked a single question about Liam Hemsworth and whether she is the reason Liam and Miley Cyrus are maybe/probably not engaged anymore. The NYT referenced it of course, but if January said one word about it, they didn’t include it. As for her OCD thing and her son’s second word being “back” – that’s just funny. I would like to imagine January loosens up and warms up around her son, but maybe not. Maybe she’s more like Betty Francis than we even realized.

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  1. gee says:

    my SIL has a degree in fashion and doesn’t like her, does that count?

  2. brin says:

    You don’t need a degree to know something is fug.

  3. paola says:

    I love the fact she knows value of money and she doens’t go crazy splashing the cash because she was raised thinking that money doesn’t grow on trees.

  4. neelyo says:

    That Met Ball eye makeup was horrendous. Sure you want to be edgy, but if the eyeliner makes your nose look like Karl Malden, take it off!

  5. Amy says:

    RE: No questions about Cyrus/Hemsworth – Publicists often set boundaries for interviews as in “You may not ask any questions about (insert topic/s here).” Reporter violates edict, interview over. Story doesn’t happen. Not saying this was the case here, but it does happen.

  6. MissMoody says:

    Once Mad Men is over, I hope we never hear from her again. Except for maybe a sidebar in a tabloid finally revealing who her babydaddy is.

  7. smee says:

    No degree needed to know that your eye make-up makes you look cross eyed.

  8. Minimi says:

    “Jack Nicholson once told me: ‘You should never give your personal life away, otherwise people will pick you apart. They’ll never believe in your character.”

    Apparentely she didn’t take that advice as seriously as she think she did. Every time I see her acting I can only think about the cold b*tch that she seems to be in real life.

  9. Joanna says:

    Ms Crosseyes seems to forget that there is something called taste and common sense.

  10. Miss M says:

    Following her ridiculous rational, I should not watch a movie and tell people if it is good/not because I am not in the entertainment business (and I don’t have a degree in it). I should not comment on a song because I am not a songwriter (I don’t have a degree in languages and literature). I should not comment if a singer is good/not because I am not a singer (and I don’t have a degree in it).
    Does she have a degree in acting?

  11. poppy says:

    “like a Bowie character, maybe”
    yeah, you don’t have a degree in ANYTHING.

    as for someone not selling themselves, wth?

    dumb as rocks. *sorry to insult rocks

  12. bopit says:

    I like her. She’s unapologetic and unique against the sea of Real Housewives.

  13. oivey says:

    I have a degree in fashion. Ms Jones…you dress like sh*t. In my professional opinion. Does it still count if I don’t work in fashion anymore?

  14. Nicole says:

    Poor thing! She’s too pretty to get the edgy looks right. What am i saying? Damn you, January! You’re sooooo pretty.

  15. Megan says:

    Just as an aside, I think her baby looks like Chris O’Dowd.

  16. Jess says:

    I like her a lot. Hollywood is filled with uber bitches pretending they’re sweet, innocent angels. It’s refreshing to see an actress who genuinely doesn’t give a shit if the readers of People magazine think she’s a twat.

    I also like that she just got on with being a single mother, when you know she could have made a whole side career out of shilling her experience of motherhood like most actresses at her level do.

  17. LadyL says:

    She doesn’t either. I guess that makes her opinion worthless as well.

  18. Talie says:

    I also give her credit for not being a two-face a la Reese Witherspoon and “American Sweethearts” like that. If you’re a bitch, be a bitch… this is why people overlook her behavior more than others. She’s not trying to be anything other than what she is.

  19. lisa says:

    she’s super lucky, hundreds of other actresses could play her part

  20. Debbie says:

    I have a degree in fashion and work in it currently and I can say without question she doesn’t pull off her clothing well (no woman on mad men does). With January it’s obvious she is trying be edges and all fashionista and that she isn’t comfortable so the clothes and makeup wear her instead of her wearing them.

  21. Elle says:

    Interesting. Nothing here makes me dislike her. In fact, I might actually like her a bit more now. A bit.

    She’s still not a good actress and I don’t see that changing, but I appreciate the emotional discipline she must have not to acknowledge or defend any of the bad stuff people have been saying about her.

  22. j.eyre says:

    “Otherwise, what would we write in our memoirs?”

    so be on notice, all taken men of Hollywood – you will be outed soon enough.

    I am so glad I pursued my degree in B!tch so that I am qualified to comment on her personality.

  23. NM9005 says:

    So she wants to shock people with her fashion yet she says in the same breath she doesn’t care what critics think of her? HOW DOES THAT EVEN WORK?

    And honey, you don’t have a degree in acting and you’re allowed to act so let’s not pass judgement on those without a degree. Everybody is entitled to an opinion especially about something subjective and superficial as fashion.

    Also, nobody cares about her fashion sense because she is boring. What is she going to do after Mad Men? She was shit in X-Men and leaves a trail of evidence for her cheating with ‘taken’ men and is not liked at all.

  24. gg says:

    Newsflash: “Fashion” is complete bull5hit. If you buy into a bunch of sucker merchandising I feel sorry for you.

  25. Sirsnarksalot says:

    I adore her. She is who she is and offers no one any apology or explanation. I wish I had half her backbone. And good looks.

  26. kels says:

    I actually really like her. She may come off a little pompous but she is defiantly sure of herself and confident. She doesn’t apologize for who she is unlike most celebs who feel the pressure to do so if they mess up. I think January thinks the whole media culture is stupid and doesnt have an urge to share her whole life unlike….Beyawnce

  27. Miss M says:

    Can we comment that is not OK to get involved with men who are married/engaged/taken or do we need a degree in it?

  28. Angelic 20 says:

    I still can’t get it how can she look like princess grace in mad men and then look like crap in real life. She is reason I understood what exactly stylist do and why celebrities pay so much money to them. Mad men stylist are magicians who make white thrash look like royalty.

  29. TheOneAndOnly says:

    Agree NM9005 she is boring; contrast her Versace ads of a few years ago with the Versace ads from the late 80s/90s when they used real super models – Naomi, Linda, Christy,Claudia,etc. –
    Why Versace picked her is beyond me.

    • stellalovejoydiver says:

      Gaga was too expensive, so they went with her poor man´s actress version.

      • TheOneAndOnly says:

        Thank you, you mean Donatello couldn’t find any Italian actresses/models? MariaCarla Boscono or Bianca Balti would represent the brand better than this girl.Who in their right mind sees JJ as some sort of fashion icon (Do they even exist anymore?).

      • stellalovejoydiver says:

        Sadly the fashion world in general has come to putting actresses on fashion magazines and in ads than real models and it´s often more miss than hit. With the end of the supermodel era only a few models are household names and generate enough interest.
        If they wanted to go for an actress why not Monica Belluci, I´d love to see Sophia Loren in a Versace ad.
        But Donatella has a pretty trashy taste in general, even though I do like some of her designs, January is the Blake Lively to Donatella´s Lagerfeld.

        I applaud her hustle.

  30. Chloeeee says:

    ” I wouldn’t spend more than $150 on a shirt”…..
    I balk at $40. I don’t really think she’s pretty. she’s as vanilla as it gets to me. and finally that memoir quip sounded like something Liz Taylor or Zsa Zsa Gabor would purr. but January is neither as glamorous or interesting so I think she can let that one go.

  31. Gabby says:

    I like her. I don’t give a crap about who she’s screwed – everyone in Hollywood screws each other because most marriages are for PR or are open. January just hasn’t kept it as under wraps as most have, another testament to her lack of tight image control which I find refreshing.

  32. Izzy says:

    True, but it’s fairly obvious that January Jones doesn’t have a degree in fashion either. There’s photographic evidence aplenty to prove it!

  33. Izzy says:

    For all those posting on here that her going after taken/married men is not a big deal – let’s see if you feel that way after someone does that to YOUR relationship.

    Karma, people. Not nice.

    • meandhim says:

      She is never going to go after MY husband or anyone’s husbands on this board because we exist in different universes, unless you’re part of the Hollywood scene, in which case, I say, you have bigger problems than Jones. At least with her, you know she may be after your husband.

      I suspect the reason why people like her and don’t give a crap about who she sleeps with in Hollywood is that we’re all cynical about the place, believe most people sleep with each other anyway and it’s refreshing to see someone not apologize for it.

      • Shannon1972 says:

        Hollywood may exist for our entertainment, but it’s not like they check their humanity at the door. Yes, the married partner who cheats makes that choice to do so. But there is a special circle of hell for women who make a habit of pursuing them. It’s an ego thing…stealing a man and humiliating a woman must be satisfying to her. How that makes her likable to anyone is beyond me.

  34. Jayna says:

    I agree. I watch all those people rate gowns and looks on TV shows and they all have their own fashion issues.

    • Izzy says:

      I WILL say that fashion can be good entertainment. For the Oscars this year I held a watch party, and the invite said that we would be kicking off the evening watching red carpet coverage while playing a rousing rendition of “WTF is she wearing?!” Almost the exact wording there – it was great fun (booze helped).

  35. pfeiffer87 says:

    I love that people are bemoaning her bitchiness on a website called CELEBITCHY.

  36. dj says:

    Am I the only one that thinks she goes after married or partnered men for the “shock” value?

    • stellalovejoydiver says:

      I think it has more to do with attached men being “harder to get” and it feeds her ego when she gets them to cheat on their significant others because of her sex appeal, her being more desirable than the their partners.

  37. Dommy Dearest says:

    I wish she’d go away. I’ve only seen one thing with her in it and that was X-Men: First Class. Movie was terrible. Emma Frost is a badass and was hoping I’d see it on screen. Her acting was terrible and had ZERO the sex appeal the White Queen possesses in comics, though I am aware of the rating. Emma Frost looks at you and you’re seduced! January Jones looks at you and either you turn to stone or you just the most disgusting taste in your mouth.

    She can go now.

  38. hownowbrowncow says:

    She’s attractive. And that’s all she’s got. Terrible personality, terrible acting skills, and a delusional belief that she is something special. 10 years and she will be replaced by the next blonde wig with legs.

  39. Beatriz says:

    I’ve too have wondered if the reason she’s good at playing Betty is because she’s playing herself. The only other thing I’ve ever seen her in was X-men and dear lord was she bad (I even cringed a few times!). I did find her insights on Betty interesting:
    “She became much more sympathetic when she got bigger. I think people liked her again, which I find very interesting… When she’s, you know, trying to be independent or to better her own life, people have a negative response to it. So, it seems like a very un-modern approach… I find it very confusing at times.”

  40. Mario says:

    She was a horrible host on SNL, she always looks terrible on the red carpet, she has no respect for other peoples relationships, most people hated her in the last X-Men movie….is she trying to make everyone on the planet hate her cause so far she’s doing a great job.

  41. Guest says:

    I think she went to a sperm donor.But she’s embarrassed to admit that so she’ll tell her son one day but no one else.I get that.She wanted a baby and didn’t want a bunch of people asking why she didn’t just adopt a black baby to tote around town like a new handbag the way alot of other actresses do.She wanted a baby that was her own blood and to give birth.It’s that simple.

  42. Me says:

    To me it’s obvious that Matthew Vaughn knocked her up. It’s why neither of them are involved in the new X-Men. Well, that and the fact that Jones can’t act to save her lifeless life. But I’m pretty sure Vaughn’s wife (Claudia Schiffer) made sure he kept his butt as far away from that franchise as possible from now on. Who’d want their adulterous husband going back to the scene of the crime (Jones or no Jones)?

  43. chloe says:

    don’t understand her appeal…she’s so bland…here in my country she wouldn’t be considered pretty

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