January Jones’s on-screen son says Jones is “not approachable”


One of the little quirks of Mad Men is that it seems like producers have replaced the child actor playing Bobby Draper (the son of Betty and Don Draper) several times. Allegedly, Bobby has only gotten replaced once, but I really feel like there was at least one other child actor in the mix, making THREE Bobby Drapers. Anyway, the latest and last Bobby Draper, a kid named Jared Gilmore, is out of production now. He left Mad Men for a role on Once Upon a Time, which… good for him? Sure. It’s not like Bobby Draper is given that much to do – when we see Betty and Don as parents, it’s mostly through their interaction with Sally (Kiernan Shipka). Anyway, as Jared Gilmore was leaving, he gave a little exit interview to TV Guide, and he ended up calling out January Jones:

A new actor will assume the role of Don and Betty’s son, Bobby, since Jared Gilmore opted to take a series-regular role on ABC’s new Once Upon a Time instead of the seven episodes Mad Men offered.

Jared’s advice for his replacement: “Be careful around January [Jones]. She’s not as approachable as the others. She’s really serious about what she does. Everyone else is so nice.”

[From TV Guide]

Ha! January is such an idiot, and now we know that she’s mean to kids too. If you listen to January talk about her Betty character, it’s clear that January is too stupid to really understand the nuances of what and who Betty really is – January just wants to stand around, looking pretty (which is kind of what Betty wants to do). Incidentally, Kiernan Shipka (Sally Draper) has spoken about her relationships with various cast members, and she never sounds like January’s biggest fan either. Kiernan seems closest to Jon Hamm and Elisabeth Moss, both of whom seem to adore her.

Here are some recent photos of January and her bump. She’s still pregnant, for the love of God. And she’s still getting pap’d all of the time. She won’t be getting as much attention now that Jennifer Garner is knocked up, though. Dimple Parade photos sell better than Mystery Paternity Bump photos.




Photos courtesy of Fame & WENN.

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  1. someone says:

    god, she’s just awful. I watched her in x-men and I absolutely despised her “ice queen” character, not because she was such a bitch in the movie, but because the whole time I got the feeling her character wasn’t much of a stretch from the real thing…

  2. whitedaisy says:

    Out of the mouths of children….

  3. mia girl says:

    OMG Why are so many celebrity women into the “tablecloth as fashion” trend?!! I don’t care whose name is on the label, I label this look ridiculous.

  4. brin says:

    Ouch…guess she really is a cold bitch. Let’s hope motherhood softens her.

  5. Liz says:

    ha, good luck to that spawn she’s growing inside of her, it’s now common knowledge that she can be a real bi***

  6. Sillyone says:

    I love that kids just tell it like it is especially in cases like this. Now I really dislike her, bitch.

  7. Mia says:

    From the mouth of babes…

  8. Talie says:

    I’ll defend her and say her performance as Betty is actually incredible. It’s a bit of brilliant casting and of course, she was lucky to have scored the role since her career was on the slow rise pre-Mad Men. Part of me thinks that she almost likes this villainess image she has, it sets her apart from all the other blondes trying to be overgrown cheerleaders when they are secret bitches.

  9. kelbear says:

    My favorite thing about children is that they are so honest.

  10. Laura says:

    Kinda funny that someone who takes it “so seriously” is so bad at it! Maybe that’s why she’s crabby though, she knows she sucks!!

  11. dorothy says:

    Not impressed with her at all. She is the most forgetable actor in Mad Men.

  12. Devon says:

    someone, ITA. When I watched the new X-Men, I couldn’t get over how bad she was. It was really quite distracting.

    I LOL’d so hard last night when I read that. You really have to be a bitch if a kid is going to call you out. From the mouths of babes!

  13. Thea says:

    It is pretty sad when a child calls you out for being a bitch. I feel sorry for her poor child.

  14. Madisyn says:

    This situation reminds me of another actress whose co-workers couldn’t stand her and she thought herself above the rest. Dame Heigl, anyone? J.J.’s pretenious, snobby attitude will take her right out of her ‘Betty Draper’ character and into obscurity soon enough. EVERYONE is replaceable, especially on an ensemble. If they can replace Charlie Sheen on ‘Men’, anything is possible.

  15. Sigh. says:

    Wow. This kid KNOWS how to play the PR game. A little insulting (“She’s ‘serious…’”), without being too “on-the-nose (‘She’s a bitch’).” Got his point across really well. He’ll go far.

    And apparently she plays Betty well because she is Betty. That’s not good acting, that’s type-casting.

  16. Turtle Dove says:

    brin – … I keep hearing echos of, “No wire hangers – EVER” but hopefully you’re right.

  17. Courtney says:

    Miss Heigl nor Mrs Jones can actually use the title of Dame if they ever received it from the queen of england because they’re not of English Irish Scottish or Welsh decent nor raised there as Liz Taylor was until the age of 9 when her parents took her and her older brother Richard back to the US to get them out of world war 2. that kid hit the nail right on the head. though sometimes it doesn’t take an Ice Queen to play on for example Joanne Woodward isn’t an Ice Queen in real life but played the Character Rita Walden in Summer Wishes Winter Dreams well enough to be nominated for her third of four career best actress oscar nominations and win her soul Bafta award

  18. WOM says:

    For me this story isn’t that January Jones is cold or unapproachable (this is story number 3453 to that effect), but that TV Guide is shameless. Jared Gilmore’s agent and parents should supervise him when/if he’s interviewed in the future.

  19. Maritza says:

    Not a good sign when even a kid says you are unapproachable. Ice queen fits the bill.

  20. Pyewacket says:

    Looks like little Bobby broke the stereo after all.

  21. mojoman says:

    It was a torture to watch her act in X-men, she sounds like a robot! no expression with a monotonous voice. Oh and she looked like a walking parasol with that dress (first pic)

  22. girlwithapearl says:

    she’s always got a really sour face on her
    and she’s one of those women who seem like they hate women

  23. Cammie says:

    Well I hope the new kid takes his advice..LOL!

  24. K.C. says:

    @WOM, that’s silly. Look how much attention he’s getting, AND he got to call out a bitch. What should his parents say- it’s horrible to be a bitch to little children, and it’s hilarious when little children call you out on it. Maybe her handlers and parents should teach her how to act, because that little boy handled that better than 90% of adults in the world!

  25. 4Real says:

    Wow she’s even a BITCH to kids!? This broad needs to visit OZ and ask for a heart.

  26. lucy2 says:

    Ouch! That’s pretty funny, but also sad.
    I actually like her as Betty, but I think Sigh is right, it’s because she seems so much like her. But beyond that January needs an attitude adjustment, and to retool her acting skills for something besides Betty Draper.

  27. Jenni says:

    This quote sounds weird coming from an 11 year old. I know some kids can be precocious but still. “Unapproachable” and “serious about her work”? Just weird. Maybe he’s an entitled kid who thinks everyone should fawn over him, like his stage parents probably do, and she’s not feeling it. Or maybe he’s a great kid and she really is just a jerk. But either way I still like her on Mad Men.

  28. the original bellaluna says:

    Michael K’s always invaluable opinion (an my new fave quote): “when a kid thinks you’re a bitch, you’re a for real bitch from the bottom of the B to the top of the H.”

    Now, I don’t watch Mad Men, because I don’t like JJ, and I’m like that. One unlikable person will ruin the whole show for me. (See also Olivia Wilde – stopped watching House; and Catherine Heigl – never watched that medical show.)

    I just want her to go away before she takes down another of my beloved (X-Men) franchises.

  29. bluhare says:

    @original bellaluna: Wow!! Someone else like me! I don’t watch things when someone I don’t like is in them either. People think I’m nuts (cue: “they’re ACTORS, bluhare!”)but if I don’t like them I don’t watch them!

  30. mmf says:

    Notice she is always alone when papped?

    No Friends Biatch?????

  31. jay says:

    ohhhhh I cannot wait for her to become a mom! I’m going to have to go with Michael K on this one and say she is going to make the greatest mother ever! There are far too many nice, warm celeb moms. We need a cold bitch.

  32. the original bellaluna says:

    bluhare, we are Sympatico Sisters! I just spend the entire show/movie saying to myself (and sometimes out loud) “Oh, my stars and garters, what a despicable bitch” and ruining it for everybody!

    It’s like being forced to sit (silently seething, may I add) next to someone you just CANNOT stand at a wedding/party/venue/being a cast-member on Real Housewives of Whoreville. And be SUBJECTED to their immeasurable BS the WHOLE TIME. I. CAN’T.

    I just don’t possess the gene that allows me to suffer silently when I don’t like someone on-screen. (I think I inherited it from my Mama.) ;)

  33. Catherine says:

    She will probably be one of those uptight moms who try endlessly to micro-manage their little one’s every movement. Basically she will be annoying as hell and ruin her kid. That’s my prediction.

  34. WOM says:

    @KC (#24) —

    I’m a mother and have spent a lot of time around my children’s peers, some of whom are goofy, little twerps who I don’t like. Maybe Jared Gilmore is a great kid who’s been manipulated by TV Guide into being rude about a grown-up. Or maybe he’s a bit of a jerk, and that’s why Jones doesn’t like him.

    Do you think casting agents will jump at the chance to hire the child actor with a slim portfolio, who gave a print interview in which he makes rude comments about a grown up? No! They’re going to see Jared Gilmore’s head shot, google his credits and find this interview. They’ll wonder if he’s an entitled little brat whose parents & agent haven’t coached him on how to mind his manners and be pleasant, like Kiernan Shipka does in interviews. His comments are just as likely to hurt his career, as help.

    Disclaimer: believe it or not, I’m really not a fan of Jones. But I’m less of a fan of insolent children.

  35. the original bellaluna says:

    Catherine, I certainly hope not, not for any child EVER. No kid deserves that!

    Kids are messy. They need to be ALLOWED to make messes. (Trust me, this prevents messes of a Biblical scale, like making mud-pies out of Momma’s $90-per-ounce eye-cream and $50-per-container face powder. Or learning with 2 dozen raw eggs that juggling isn’t as easy as it looks. And I cannot even address the “kindergartner trying to shave when she got a-hold of my razor” incident.) Just. TRUST. Me.

    I allowed my kids (and all their friends – I was “the Mommy that let them make messes”) to play with the Play-Do and glitter and finger paints and water-colours. I want them to enjoy being creative. I want to enjoy their creativity.

    But not with my Lancome and Clinique. (I do have boundaries, darn it!) :D

  36. Jenni says:

    @mmf, that girl from “dexter” was hanging out with her in some pics a few mos back. maybe another friend too, i forget. when i saw her on jon stewart, i thought she seemed nice, even refreshingly funny. i tend to like an actress like that cos most actresses, in interviews, are boring, cant hold their own, and not very funny. so it just makes me wonder if she just doesnt take crap and, being blonde and cute, men can’t stand her audacity to not be weak. alot of men are like that. get personally offended if a pretty woman is a strong, confident, unimpressed woman. esp. that actor who to me seems like a total rage-y douche. i grew up with ppl w/anger probs and galifiankis (sp?) has that rage-y vibe, i cant stand watching him. maybe it really is the classic case of “where there’s smoke there’s fire” but i think the kid’s quote sounds a little suspicious, more like a grown man’s and odd. it’s passive aggressive in a really well executed character-assassinating way like an experienced adult’s shot, not a kid. but …yes. could be she really is a jerk.

  37. Catherine says:

    original bellaluna: I couldn’t agree more, that is how kids should be raised. Messes are just a part of parenthood along with occasional fits, misbehavior, button-pushing, etc. But you and I both know the uptight mommies on the playground exist and their kids are a hot mess. When you cannot relate to a child, it shows all over that child’s face and in their behavior.

  38. the original bellaluna says:

    Catherine, sad but true. No one as anal as Kate Gosselin should ever have kids. “I don’t like messes!”?!? Are you f’ing kidding me? If you “don’t like messes” honey, do NOT have kids! Kids = messes. End. Full stop.

    (If “button-pushing” equals “testing patience to the breaking point” we are truly sympatico!)

  39. karena says:

    I like the white lacy top she is wearing in the first couple pictures but it only works as maternity.

  40. sarah says:

    I think too much has been made of this. She has a reputation for coldness, but i believe he was remarking on her professionalism on set. I do not believe he meant to start all this gossip from one remark. This could harm his chances of getting roles now if misinterpreted.

  41. Jamie says:

    Love kids’ brutal honesty – when a kid calls you out, you know you’re a bitch. Maybe January Jones should take that as a cue, but I doubt she will.

  42. Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

    Last time:

    Jared’s ventriloquist retreated into the woods to purify his soul and watch some back episodes of SOAP, because the believeable banter was not before, and will not shake tonight. Next time he hired an actor, but lost his job anyway when a The Ashley Judd Omnibus was discovered on the premises, along with ‘Just Breathe Stones’ a ‘Wholeness Cavern’, ‘Be Present Worksheets’, an ‘Inner’, Release the Harvest: The Sexy Years’ by Suzanne Somers and Release the Harlots: Mine For the Burning, Forward by Rachel Uchit-look what Anthony Bourdain said…’

    Jared wasted some coked-filled hours at The Viper Room with his new pet cassowary, Cokie Line-Sign. Is there a chance that Jared’s new fall lineup sitcom could turn him into the new ‘Cock of the Walk’, or will the network say, ‘This is for the birds’? And will Cokie, Now the toast of a town in her thrilling turn in The Seagull finally find a way to keep powerful archipelago enthusiast lobby group The Gangboy NASAs from revealing her turn in Maltese FalconCrest to All My Episodes?

    When Weiner stated to Congress that he’ll keep spinning his show’s wheels ‘come hell, or high water’, did he mean January’s waters?

    Jennifer Aniston agrees to film a cameo, but only after having seen the re-animated corpses of both Elsa Lanchester and Boris Karloff. Will James Whale and Charles Houghton suffice while Peggy Takes Cabo, or will Burt come out of retirement to take in a viewing of Night of the Hunter with his old ‘Gone Shutup’ sign back up on the door?

    Will Jon Hamm be able to acquire some of the giant flower cupcakes that Kristen Wiig’s character made in Bridesmaids? WHY IN HELL DID SHE ONLY MAKE ONE?!

    I’m thirsty. Can we get Pete to do something about that?

    Did Carla steal Don Draper away from Angelina Jolie?

    Does my beehive make your alcoholism look fat, or is it just the web of decepions? Can you paint the room in the shade ‘Moveable Fetus’, hang a banner that ‘Yup.’, and place this carton of Extra Tender Baby Drags: Pudgy on the change table?

    Confused? You won’t be after watching the lastest episode of Soap.

  43. Maureen says:

    Omg….love this story!!!!

  44. ZenB!tch says:

    @Talie I used to think so until I saw the X-Men. She does cold very well. She does beautiful well as Betty. Not as much in the X-Men. Those early 60s fashions really suit her.

  45. John Wayne Lives says:

    @ Pyewacket… lmao

  46. jferber says:

    I’d bet money her baby daddy is Jack Nicholson. When the actress from Five Easy Pieces (forgot her name) got pregnant by Jack, he gave her a house on condition she didn’t reveal him as the father. When she finally did, years later, he wanted to take back the house (don’t know if he was successful). Does anyone else remember that story? Also, we know he likes actresses in their early thirties, like January and that he is very “protective” of her–at least until she reveals his paternity or grows too old for him–like in two years.

  47. Shona says:

    Seriously who does she think she is Lindsay Lohan??? LOMAO!!!