'Mad Men' Son Talks About a Cold January Jones
'Mad Men' Son Talks About a Cold January Jones
Laurel Brown
Laurel Brown
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
Does anybody like January Jones these days? The actress, who came to fame as Betty Draper on Mad Men, has gotten her fair share of bad press in the past several months. First, Zach Galifianakis grumbled in May that Jones had been rude to him at a party. Now, the complaints have come from a more innocent source: Jared Gilmore, the 11-year-old actor who played her son on Mad Men.

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Jared Gilmore, who is leaving Mad Men for a leading role in the new series Once Upon a Time, was asked by TVGuide.com if he had any advice for the next actor to play Bobby Draper. Gilmore's response was brief and to the point:

"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."

Ouch.

While technically, young Jared Gilmore's words are not an insult (It's good to be "serious" about your work, right?), the subtle and unavoidable sting is there. It's possibly that Jones just doesn't deal well with kids. But if everybody else on set does...

It's fair that Jared Gilmore gave some sort of advice, considering that yet another Bobby Draper will be joining the Mad Men cast in the future. Gilmore is the third actor to play a part -- he was preceded by Maxwell Huckabee and Aaron Hart -- that has become something of a revolving door on the show. On Once Upon a Time, Jared Gilmore will be playing the part of Henry Swan, the biological son of Emma, the show's heroine.

As for the issue of January Jones' essential character (which we apparently care about a lot), it's hard to avoid issues of life imitating art, considering how January Jones plays Betty Draper as a hardcore ice queen. Betty's frosty exterior has gone, over the course of the seasons, from an understandable expression of neglected-housewife frustration to a more chilling example of a mother who has chosen not to care very much.

How much of this is the character and how much is the actress? Jared Gilmore's comments make you wonder.

(Images courtesy of AMC)




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