A chauvinist moment

Posted by · 3:16 pm · November 10th, 2009

Regular readers will know that I’m something of a fan of January Jones. The 31 year-old star of “Mad Men” (which wrapped its third season this week, though me and my fellow Brits haven’t even got started) has essayed the best female character in American film or TV in two years, gives great interview and, well, looks like this.

Somebody give her a movie already. No, “Pirate Radio” does not count. Anyway there’s nothing edifying, intelligent or movie-related about this video from Jones’s recent GQ cover shoot, but…




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  • 1 11-10-2009 at 3:34 pm

    Michael said...

    they know how to sell a magazine don’t they. I will certainly be purchasing this issue whenever it comes out. thanks for the heads up, guy…now if you’ll excuse me…. (j/k)

  • 2 11-10-2009 at 3:37 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    Haha. I think it’s out now, you lucky American bastards.

  • 3 11-10-2009 at 3:42 pm

    davidraider88 said...

    The season 3 finale of Mad Men was awesome.

  • 4 11-10-2009 at 4:46 pm

    The Other James D. said...

    She’s incredible, although I think Elisabeth Moss’s Peggy Olson is the real female V.I.P. on the show. And Neil Patrick Harris’s tribute song at the Emmys said it best when he sung about Christina Hendricks:

    “From ‘Mad Men’, there’s Joan. Oh, the curves she has shown. They could make a blind man say ‘Damn!’ She could turn a gay straight….”

    She is gorrrrgeous.

    “….Oh wait, there’s Jon Hamm!”

    And I’m back to normal.

  • 5 11-10-2009 at 5:06 pm

    James D. said...

    When you qualify her as the best character in two years, what was the last one?

  • 6 11-10-2009 at 5:20 pm

    Matt T said...

    She’ll be hosting Saturday Night Live this weekend for anyone who wants to check her out.

  • 7 11-10-2009 at 5:45 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    James D: Good question. I really just meant that in the two (and a half) years the show has been on air, I don’t think anything has topped out. I suppose the claim could even cover more years than that.

    Off the top of my head, I might reach back to 2004 (Winslet in “Eternal Sunshine,” Kidman in “Birth”) for characters of comparable complexity.

  • 8 11-10-2009 at 5:49 pm

    Fitz said...

    I have those same moments when Emily Blunt appears in…anything really.

  • 9 11-10-2009 at 6:29 pm

    AZ said...

    Guy, while I agree about Jones (preferring Moss myself) I think Mary McDonnell tops her (and every other lead TV actress for at least this decade). Talk about a masterwork of peformance

  • 10 11-10-2009 at 6:39 pm

    Nicolas Mancuso said...

    Guy, I have you seen “Six Feet Under”? Frances Conroy’s Ruth Fisher is pretty complex and downright amazing.

  • 11 11-10-2009 at 6:56 pm

    Jo said...

    When you get season 3 in the UK, she’ll impress you even more…her arc starts slow and then just explodes when you least expect it. Hopefully all this new found attention brings some meaty film roles, I’m looking forward to SNL this weekend.

  • 12 11-10-2009 at 11:22 pm

    Henry said...

    I love January Jones, and agree she’s more than ready for serious movie roles, although to be fair so is almost everyone else on that cast. There isn’t a thing wrong with that GQ clip, either!

  • 13 11-11-2009 at 12:40 am

    mike said...

    she looks great but i wonder why every actress is at som epoint expected to strip down to their panties and pose. kind of demeaning 4 them, not that i’m complaining.

  • 14 11-11-2009 at 1:51 am

    steve said...

    i still can’t believe she went from being in an american pie movie to being on the best show on tv

  • 15 11-11-2009 at 3:16 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    Nicolas: I LOVE “Six Feet Under.”

  • 16 11-11-2009 at 7:00 am

    McGuff said...

    Guy: If you recall, we had a bit of a back and forth a few months ago on January Jones. I was not a fan of her acting ability. The third season, which I know you haven’t seen yet, changes everything. She should almost certainly be an Emmy-Winning, very good actress, if the right episode is submitted. I wasn’t ever giving her credit for the little things.

  • 17 11-11-2009 at 7:20 am

    Alex said...

    Season 3 of Mad Men was terrific!!! The last episode was great, creative and had the Writing Emmy in the bag.

    I’m not the biggest Betty fan, but that sofa scene in the final episode… (hard not to spoil it)… or her last scene in the plane…