There’s no question that January Jones can be a provocative figure— both because of the icy character that she’s so closely identified with, but also because of her unconventional choices both on and off the red carpet. “I try to take risks and shock people a little bit,” she offers. “It’s important to provoke some sort of emotion, negative or positive.”
Jones and her hair and makeup team, which can often include Chanel celebrity artist, Rachel Goodwin (a collaborator on this cover story), spend weeks before an event, looking at inspirational photos to come up with a persona that matches her dress. “I go in a headspace where I’m portraying something, some emotion,” Jones says. “Red carpets, premieres— they can be really daunting…It’s easier to play a character. It’s healthier mentally.”
What is the single greatest night of your life and why?
The night my son was born for so many reasons.
What is your favorite gift that you have ever received and given?
My favorite gifts I've received are too personal to share.
Do you think gentlemen prefer blondes?
I think gentlemen rarely have a preference but having been a red head and a brunette before, I will say I get more attention being a blond, it must have something to do with light reflection.
At what age do you think men are at their best?
Somewhere between 30-80.
Who do you most want to go to bed with, dead or alive?
Paul Newman or Rihanna
What do you really think of Jon Hamm?
I think he's amazing. Very kind and generous, well read, very strong but easily vulnerable, very funny but also dark. My friend.
How important is nail polish in your life?
It's very important because I wear acrylics for Mad Men and am constantly changing the polish from work colors (frosty white, coral, classic red or pink), to a nude or light pink to disguise how long they are. And if I want to go bold, I love a deep red.
What is the most important beauty product in your cosmetic wardrobe?
Face creams of course. I can't live without Sisely's Supremya night cream. It's worth your rent money.
Do you believe in plastic surgery?
Whatever helps a person feel beautiful and confident is fine with me. I personally am afraid of the procedures that involve anesthetic but ask me again in twenty years.
What do you keep on your bedside table?
Books, water, hand cream, lip balm and photos of my family.
What is the most important piece of beauty advice you learned from your mom?
She always told me that if I kept making so many weird and ugly faces my face would eventually freeze that way. Luckily I found a job where funny and/or frozen faces are encouraged. Also, to not over pluck your eyebrows, a strong brow makes you look younger.
What items will you take from the Mad Men set when it wraps?
My Movado watch if I can, maybe some clothes and table lighters.
Which book changed your life?
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy and Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo.
What is one thing in Hollywood that is overrated?
What question have you received the most throughout your career?
If my name is real and if so, why am I named that.
questions from celebrities
When I first saw you on Mad Men I loved you at first sight. I thought, along with the rest of America, here's our new Grace Kelley. Did you feel the pressure to live up to that 1950's perfection? — EVA MENDES, Actress
I think it's flattering to be compared to such an icon, but I couldn't possibly allow myself to think I needed to hold up to her standards as an actor or a beauty.
What is your favorite body part? — CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN, Shoemaker
January, what is your favorite month? — CASSANDRA HUYSENTRUYT GREY, Founder & CEO of VIOLET GREY
That's tricky. I guess maybe December because of the month-long excitement and anticipation of all the novel and witty name/month jokes I'll be hearing in January.