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She's now an Golden Globe-nominated actress and a lead character in one of TV's most critically acclaimed shows, but if January Jones had listened to Ashton Kutcher, she might never have gotten there.
In the November issue of GQ magazine, Jones, a.k.a. Mad Men's Betty Draper, reveals that when she was dating Kutcher, he told her to give up on her acting dreams.
"He was like, 'I don't think you're going to be good at this,'" she says in the GQ cover story.
Nowadays, however, Ashton has changed his tune. Apparently the two keep in touch, and he's been very supportive of her recent work.
"He only has nice things to say now — if anything, I should thank him," she says. "Because the minute you tell me I can't do something, that's when I'm most motivated."
Like her character on the AMC show, Jones started out as a model. She decided it wasn't for her, though, when she was on a work trip to Paris. While there, she paid a visit to the famed Pere Lachaise cemetary, where famous artists such as playwright Oscar Wilde, actress Sarah Bernhardt and Doors singer Jim Morrison are buried. Gazing upon the graves of such giants, she had an epiphany. It was time to try something different. So off to L.A. she went, in pursuit of her dream to be an actress, despite having no formal training.
Though they both began their adult lives as models, January says that's where the similarities between her and her Mad Men character end.
"I don’t have a lot in common with Betty, but I’m very protective of her," she says. "I just feel like she’s trying really hard to make her life good, and make her marriage work, and it just seems hypocritical that when she slips up, people get mad. Because Don (Draper) does it all the f***ing time."
Another way January's not like Betty: she's not afraid to show a little -- okay, a lot -- of skin. The GQ cover shot shows a good portion of her chest, and the pictures inside show even more of Jones' modelesque body. And she looks fantastic.
Take that, Ashton.