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January Jones on Mad Men: “There Will Be More of the Betty Character This Season”

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January Jones attends the Miu Miu Fall/Winter 2013 Ready-to-Wear show as part of Paris Fashion Week on March 3, 2013 in Paris, France.

Miu Miu always packs a stellar front row. Zoe Saldana, Renee Zellweger, Rebecca Hall, Lea Seydoux and January Jones were all there in Paris on March 6 — all of them flawless, gorgeous embodiments of the brand.

Jones caught our attention right away in those tiny silk shorts and that big blonde Betty Draper-style bouffant.

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As Mad Men devotees we had to ask — what’s in store for Betty this season? And what was it like to play “fat Betty”? Here’s what she had to say.

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January Jones as Betty Draper in season 5 of “Mad Men.”

So can you tell us anything about what’s in store for Betty next season? No, no. We have about three episodes left to shoot, so we’re almost all the way through the season and there’s a lot of juicy exciting things that happen but I can never say. I can say there will be more of the Betty character this season. I can work more since the baby is a bit older.

Your character went through quite a transformation last season. What was that like? I really embraced the idea. I loved that story for her. But it was a bit difficult just getting in and out of prosthetics every day, it took about seven hours. When we first started it I was very very pregnant so it was very uncomfortable.

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I can imagine. Was it hot in there? It was hot, yes. But it was fun to look in the mirror and not see myself and sort of embrace that different physicality. It was a study in acting in a way because I was very limited in my movements and everything had to be portrayed in my face, in my eyes. So it was challenging but I thought they did a really good job with it.

And what brings you to Miu Miu? It was a pleasure to be invited by Miu Miu to come see the show. I haven’t been to Paris fashion week in ages. I’m a huge fan of the brand. Prada and Miu Miu have been very generous with me over the years, so I’m just excited to see the collection.


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