January Kristen Jones widely known as January Jones is an American actress and model. She is best known for playing Betty Draper in the television series Mad Men (2007–15), as well as for notable roles in American Wedding (2003), We Are Marshall (2006), and in the 2011 films Unknown, Seeking Justice, and X-Men: First Class.
Early Life Of January Jones
Jones was born in South Dakota, the daughter of Karen, who manages a Scheels sporting goods store, and Marvin Jones, a coach, gym teacher, and fitness director. She is of Czech, Danish, English, Welsh, and German descent. She is named after January Wayne, a character in Jacqueline Susann’s Once Is Not Enough. She has two sisters, Jacey and Jina. She spent much of her childhood in Hecla, South Dakota, where her family moved in 1979.
Career Of January Jones
Jones has had supporting roles in Anger Management (2003), Love Actually, and Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights. In 2005, she appeared as a U.S. border guard’s wife in the film The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, directed by and starring Tommy Lee Jones. In We Are Marshall (2006), she played the role of Carol Dawson, wife of American football coach William “Red” Dawson. Jones is also known for her role as Cadence Flaherty, the love interest of both Steve Stifler and Paul Finch in the 2003 comedy film American Wedding, the third installment of the American Pie film series. She played a con artist in the Law & Order episode “Quit Claim” who, as a lone surviving suspect connected to a real estate scam involving organized crime, frustrates the efforts of Assistant District Attorney Michael Cutter. She also appeared in The Boat That Rocked, a British film about offshore pirate radio in the 1960s, renamed Pirate Radio for North American release in 2009. In 2011, Jones starred in two thriller films, first in Unknown alongside Liam Neeson and Diane Kruger, directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, and later in Seeking Justice alongside Nicolas Cage and Guy Pearce. She portrayed Emma Frost in X-Men: First Class. She appears in the Fox television show The Last Man on Earth, playing the character of Melissa Chartres.
She dated Josh Groban from 2003 to 2006. Jones announced in Vanity Fair magazine in 2009 that she has joined Oceana as a celebrity spokesperson, working to save endangered sharks. Jones gave birth to a son, Xander Dane Jones, on September 13, 2011.