10:22 PM EDT 10/16/2013
Originally posted 03/25/2012 09:40AM
About seven weeks after the birth of her son, Xander, January Jones was back to work in the role that made her both admired and pitied, the former Betty Draper, now the re-married Betty Francis, on AMC's Mad Men.
With her baby still "really little," says the actress, 34, returning to the set "was tough with the long days. But work made it really comfortable for me."
As it was, "Every season I have a little kind of first day of school nerves. The first episode I'm always finding my way back into my character's shoes. … But then after a few days, I'm able to fall pretty easily back into her, and find her voice and her body language and everything that I do for her," says Jones.
Originally posted 03/22/2012 08:30AM
AMC's Mad Men is back Sunday after an absence of more than a year, and its maniacally intense fans are anticipating what new developments are in the pipeline at the chilled offices of 1960s ad agency Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce. Mad Men is too subtle to resort to cliffhangers – people here live or die according to what account gets signed over a business lunch lubricated with drinks – but season 4 ended with everyone poised on the brink of ... something.
Something maybe good, possibly bad. Maybe neither. It's that kind of show. Ominous, but incrementally so.
Before Sunday's premiere, here's a refresher as to where the show's main characters were when we left them:
Originally posted 10/12/2011 10:50AM
Mad Men welcomed a very special guest this week – January Jones's new baby boy!
The proud mom, 33, brought her 4-week-old son, Xander Dane Jones, to the set of her AMC drama on Tuesday. She was reportedly smiling from ear to ear as she introduced him to John Slattery and a few other cast members.
Xander, born Sept. 13, is Jones's first child.
Mad Men recently began filming its fifth season, due to premiere in 2012.
– Tim Nudd
Originally posted 09/28/2011 11:15AM
She may play an icy blonde on the Emmy-winning Mad Men, but in real-life January Jones is one red-hot mama.
Barely more than two weeks after her first child, Xander Dane Jones, was born on Sept. 13, the actress, 33, was seen out and about with him – and back in beautiful shape.
As for how her maternity might play out on the new season of the AMC hit, costar Jon Hamm, 40, told PEOPLE at this past weekend's Rape Foundation Annual Brunch, hosted by the cast of Mad Men: "I'll let you see that when you see it, but she is no longer pregnant. She has had a baby, and she's very excited and happy and healthy. Both sides are very healthy and happy, which is very sweet."
Originally posted 09/19/2011 07:00AM
January Jones's son Xander Dane isn't even a week old, but the newborn is already supportive of his Mad Men mommy.
"Her baby had his fingers crossed," the Emmy-winning TV show's creator Matthew Weiner told reporters backstage after accepting an award Sunday night. "She told me that."
The absence of Jones, 33 – who skipped out on the small screen's biggest night to stay home with her little one – definitely didn't go unnoticed by her castmates.
Originally posted 09/15/2011 03:35PM
And baby makes two.
Mad Men star January Jones welcomed her first child on Tuesday, her rep confirms to PEOPLE.
Son Xander Dane Jones and the new mom are "doing great," the rep says.
Jones, 33, chose to keep the sex of her baby under wraps, remarking "it's going to be a surprise for me" during a June interview.
The actress announced the pregnancy in April. A source told PEOPLE at the time, "She’s really looking forward to this new chapter in her life as a single mom."
Originally posted 05/26/2011 01:40PM
Expecting her first child in the fall, mom-to-be January Jones is experiencing a pain-free pregnancy.
"I feel great. I haven't had any weird physical side effects," Jones, 33, told PEOPLE at Wednesday’s New York press conference for her new movie X-Men: First Class.
"I feel pretty lucky so far."
Without any physical discomforts or any mood swings, the Mad Men star says she’s also not dealing with any odd cravings. "Everybody is asking that. I haven’t yet," she says. "It's a bummer. I wish I had something weird to tell."
Originally posted 05/03/2011 08:20AM
January Jones's recent pregnancy announcement may have come as a surprise to some – but not necessarily to those close to her.
The actress, who is expecting her first child in the fall, has talked about wanting to become a mother for some time.
"It's something that she's wanted to do and that she's excited to do," Jones's Mad Men costar Aaron Staton told PEOPLE at The Creative Coalition and WWE's "be a STAR" launch in Washington, D.C., Friday. "January is such a sweet person," Staton said. "I think she's an honest person. I think she's really going to be a great mother."
Originally posted 04/28/2011 07:50PM
Mad Men star January Jones is going to be a mom.
"January Jones is happy to announce that she is expecting her first child this fall," her rep tells PEOPLE exclusively.
While Jones is keeping quiet for now on any other details, a source close to her says, "She's really looking forward to this new chapter in her life as a single mom."
Jones, 33, will next be seen in X-Men: First Class.
Originally posted 01/17/2011 04:45PM
It's the end of the road for January Jones and Jason Sudeikis.
The pair, who were first linked romantically last July, are calling it quits on their relationship, a source confirms to PEOPLE.
"They've been on and off for a few months and then the long distance kind of ended it," the source says. "But they could get back together. It was just hard to stay together with the distance."
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