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January Jones finally has a costar in her unapproachable corner

August 23, 2011 |  2:47 pm

Jared Gilmore, January Jones and John Slattery

Evidence would suggest that January Jones couldn't leave a good impression with a bucket of hot wax, but finally a "Mad Men" costar is speaking up on behalf of her less-than-perfect reputation.

John Slattery has come out in Jones' defense after Jared Gilmore, the third child actor to play Betty Draper's son Bobby, advised his replacement to be careful around his on-screen mom.

The 11-year-old's parting thoughts as he heads off for "Once Upon a Time, his new CBS show? "Be careful around January. She's not as approachable as the others," Jared told TV Guide. "She's really serious about what she does. Everyone else is so nice." The youngster's sentiments have been echoed around Hollywood, with added venom, by the likes of Zach Galifianakis

Slattery, who plays world-weary agency honcho Roger Sterling, downplayed Jared's words, attributing any January chill to the actress' creative process.

"It's an intimidating character," Slattery told E! Online's Marc Malkin on Monday night. "I mean, that's the character. Betty Draper is an intimidating woman I suppose, if you were a 7-year-old boy [or] her son." 

Christian Bale employed a similar defense after his notorious 2009 rant on the set of "Terminator: Salvation," claiming his character had a genetic history of madness. "I completely mixed up fact and fiction," Bale said in a radio interview after that profanity-laden debacle.

Slattery had no diva-like behavior to report on from Matthew Weiner's award-winning set.

"No, she's a sweetheart," Slattery said. "We got lucky. We don't have anybody like that." 

Do you buy Slattery's sweet Jones pitch? Tell us in comments.


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Photos: Jared Gilmore, left, at a press-tour discussion of his new show, "Once Upon a Time," in August. January Jones, center, and John Slattery, right, in character on "Mad Men." Credits: Jason Redmond / Associated Press, left; AMC, center and right.