January Jones: I Feel Very Lucky To Be A Mother

January Jones and baby Xander step out in New York City

On Thursday morning, January Jones‘ hit TV series Mad Men raked in 17 Emmy Award nominations. While she’s remained mum on the identity of her 10-month-old son Xander‘s father, January says she feels “very lucky” to be a mom.  The actress spoke to Mom.me about “not judging” her TV character Betty Draper and her best tip on becoming a better mother.

On Betty Draper’s influence on her as a mom: “Well, I certainly don’t take anything from Betty home. I have nothing in common with her when it comes to mothering. I don’t see it as a burden or irritation. I feel very lucky and I feel like it was something that I was meant to do. I’m at the right age and the right time in my life where it’s just so much fun. And I don’t think Betty sees the fun in that … I think she sees it as an inconvenience.”

On how being a mother changed her opinion of her character, Betty Draper: “I try not to judge her. It’s like she’s a relative you are embarrassed about. I disagree with her a lot … I don’t think I’d be her friend, but I defend her fiercely when someone says something about her.”

On playing a mom from a different era: “At the same time we are so rigid and so worried about every little thing now. I had no idea how many warning labels are on kid’s stuff. Everything is warning, warning, warning. You just kind of do the best you can.”

On advice for working moms: “I think that as hard as it is, that if you have something that you love outside of being a mother, you should definitely maintain it, because it makes you a better mother.”

Continue reading the interview with January at mom.me

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  1. Anonymous

    I’m such a fan of her. She seems like a great mother.

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  2. AX3

    Agree in 100%. :)

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  3. C. K. MOSER

    I FEEL THAT BETTY DRAPER ONLY HAD CHILDREN BECAUSE IT WAS EXPECTED OF HER AFTER MARRIAGE.
    IT’S REALLY TOO BAD THAT THAT GENERATION FELT OBLIGATED TO BEAR CHILDREN.
    IF THEY REALLY FELT THAT WAY, THEY SHOULD HAVE JUST GOTTEN MARRIED AND THEN THE PILL TO AVOID HAVING CHILDREN AT ALL.
    I WAS NOT FELT WANTED OR APPRECIATED AS A BABY OF THE 50′S AND A CHILD OF THE 60′S.
    APPARENTLY, MY PARENTS WERE NOT WELL VERSED IN BIRTH CONTROL OR PARENTHOOD, AS I FELT THAT I WAS JUST THERE TO BE THERE AND FOR NO OTHER REASON AS AN ACCIDENT OF THEIR SEX LIFE, WHICH I LATER DISCOVERED MY MOTHER WAS NOT A FAN OF.
    I FELT SORRY FOR HER, BUT THAT’S ALL OVER NOW.

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