Mad Men's January Jones Laughs Off Mad Fans, Blames Her Boss

Betty Draper jokes that showrunner Matt Weiner makes people hate her in real life

By Team WWK Jan 15, 2012 3:31 PMTags
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Betty Draper could be in for a rough year when Mad Men debuts in March.

And the same goes for January Jones, who plays Betty.

Find out why the actress is buckling up for a bumpy ride in Season 5 and in real life, and why she's blaming her boss for all the turbulence.

We got the scoop during Saturday's TCA Mad Men cocktail party. And yes, of course, where else would you get scoop on Don Draper and his cohorts than at a cocktail party?

When we asked Jones if her long-suffering character was going to be more likeable this season, she laughed and gave us an earful:

"I find it really interesting that people think that like in seasons three and four, she's become unlikable because she's become more independent. Everybody liked Betty when she was like in a living hell in season one and two, and now they hate her." Adding: "I think as an audience member you can empathize with her struggling to find happiness—I think it's an ongoing process."

"I think it's funny that it carries over into my life, my actual life, when [showrunner] Matt [Weiner] writes a storyline that Betty's unlikable, all of a sudden everybody hates me. I hope she gets a little more well received."

For January's sake (in real life) we hope so too, but isn't Bad Betty better for the show than Good Betty. Let us know in the comments.

—Reporting by Drusilia Moorhouse

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