As Mad Men mania continues, any news is good news for TV fans. So when Hollywood.com hopped on a call with one of the series stars, January Jones (Betty), it was hard not to hang on her every word.
If you've seen any coverage of the AMC series in the past few weeks, you know that showrunner and creator Matthew Weiner
has put a serious kibosh on any and all spoilers. So while the former Mrs. Draper didn't dish on where we'll find Betty come Sunday, March 25's two-hour premiere, she did help to soften and explain a character that's vexed so many viewers for the past few seasons. Jones admits, "I find myself defending her in the last couple of seasons, I think before, people didn't feel that way."
But as to why people turned on Betty so quickly, Jones is at a slight loss. In Season Four, Jones says "Betty found her voice and tried to be a little more independent," adding, "I don't understand why a modern generation would side more with the implosive character of the first two seasons and not the one that's trying to evolve."
Of course, being a new mother herself, Jones is not without some understanding of audiences' frustration with Betty. "I don't always agree with her" and "she has a very volatile relationship with her children sometimes," she said. Jones notes in particular, Betty's relationship with her daughter Sally, saying it's "almost competitive" and that "they're almost like sisters instead of mother and daughter"—an aspect that can only get worse as Sally approaches her teen years. "[Betty's] emotional maturity level is hard to understand—she doesn't deal with certain situations very well," adds Jones, concluding that despite those points of contention, she's very "protective" of her character.
Still, it's that contentious, tumultuous personality that makes Betty "so fun to play." Jones admitted, "I don't want her to find peace." And as horrible as that sounds, she's got a point. Betty may not get the adoration of Don Draper fans across the board, but she's always got us talking.
And she'll get us talking again as soon as the premiere airs: Jones mentioned that her first week on set found her eight months pregnant and that it was a great "outlet to channel emotions and mood swings." Get ready, folks, Betty's back in a big way.