Actress January Jones, who plays Betty Draper/Francis in Mad Men has explained why she won’t feature in the two hour opening episode of season five of the advertising agency drama.The series premiere will be broadcast in the United States this Sunday (March 25) and Jones has said that she “wasn’t hurt at all” by her exclusion from the new episode. Speaking to the Hollywood Reporter, Jones explained that she was absent from filming because of the birth of her son, Xander.

She did, however, manage to get some scenes filmed before the birth. “It was really difficult. Eight months pregnant, you’re fatigued and emotional and I just sort of tried to channel that into the character,” she said. “Luckily, Betty’s sort of an emotional crackerbox, so it worked.”Series creator Matthew Weiner added: “We wanted to accommodate her. She has a very modern situation. Way more modern than Betty Draper. We accommodated her work life, and we’re just so happy for her. And so she got to go off and have her baby, take her maternity leave, and come back to work.”

Mad Men star Jon Hamm recently refuted suggestions that the show will end by flash forwarding to the present day. It had been reported that the show’s final scenes would feature an elderly Don Draper but Hamm, who plays Draper, has denied the claims. He told “OK, you would probably have read that rather than heard it online. If you had heard the quote you would not have misunderstood the quote. That is not what Matt (Weiner) said. Matt knows how this show is going to end. And I’ll just leave it at that… but no, we’re not going to go into the 90s with Don Draper.” (via NME)

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Looking cool and stunning as Emma Frost in “X-Men: First Class”.

“Mad Men” star January Jones had admitted she had concerns about starring in the forthcoming X-Men prequel – because it is set in the same period as the show in which she plays Betty Draper. Jones is due to play the character Emma Frost (who becomes mutant White Queen) in Matthew Vaughn’s “X-Men: First Class” which, like “Mad Men”, is also set in the ’60s.

Jones told the LA Times: “When I heard that this instalment of X-Men was going to take place in the ’60s I was like, ‘Oh my God, you must be kidding me!’ But I read the script and familiarised myself with the character of Emma Frost. She’s so, so far from Betty, and from Mad Men, and it takes place in that time but it doesn’t feel like a period movie.”

Jones also admitted that she felt unsure about the role after seeing her character’s skimpy outfits in the comic books. She said: “It’s a lot of very body-conscious stuff. If you look at the comic book, she’s barely dressed. She’s got quite the bod, which is very intimidating.” (via NME)

“X-Men: First Class” is released on June 3.

Ps. JJ has without no doubt the most beautiful smile in Tinseltown…