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…