Allison Janney, People's Choice Awards

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Allison Janney is single, sexy and happier than ever!

In the latest issue of Elle, the 54-year-old star is opening up about her dating life (or lack thereof). The Mom star, who's been single for the past few years, tells the mag a lag in her dating life began after The West Wing ended when her brother Hal unexpectedly passed away.

"I felt like, you know what, I'm done," Janney said. "I just stopped thinking there was going to be anybody out there for me. And then I met somebody who kind of turned my head around and woke me up, like, 'I'm not done yet.'"

"Love is such a powerful drug," she continued. "And when that's coursing through your system..."

The relationship didn't last, but Janney, who has never been married, is still looking. "I want to be a player!" Janney said. "I'm still single! I want to feel sexy and pretty and young as long as I can."

Janney's longtime friend and The Help costar Octavia Spencer opened up to the mag about Janney's transformation into a mature, sexy woman. Recalling an event they were both at in 2012, Spencer dished to Elle, "I'm walking to the table and I see this carved back in this backless dress. I'm like, 'Who's this bitch? And why is she at my table?' And as I got to the table, I'm like, 'Allison Janney? When did you get so hot? And why did you decide to wear a backless dress?'"

Spencer added, "The happier you are, the hotter the guys that are attracted to you. That's all I'm gonna say there."

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