January Jones: The Paparazzi Make Me Feel Safe

The Mad Men starlet says photographers are "the best security system ever," but fame can be tough for romance

Most celebrities have a love-hate relationship with the paparazzi -- but Mad Men's January Jones has a unique take on the constant swarm of photographers that follow her around.

"The weird thing about it is, it kind of makes me feel safe," Jones, 33, tells USA Today. "I live alone, and I feel like they're always there, they're always watching. If someone were to come in and rob me -- there's photographers. It's like the best security system ever."

Jones, who stars in the upcoming thriller Unknown with Liam Neeson, says that fame has a major effect on every aspect of her personal life -- including her relationships. She admits that her demanding shooting schedule was a major factor in her breakup with Saturday Night Live's Jason Sudeikis, along with the long-distance factor (her job is in L.A., his is in New York). And she says that taking him as her date to red-carpet events put the couple under a microscope.

"It definitely puts your relationship out there, so you shouldn't do it before you're ready," says the model-turned-actress.

Jones is best-known for her role as disgruntled '60s housewife Betty Draper, a character who's become a lot less sympathetic in Mad Men's last couple of seasons. But now Jones is branching out into more films, and she believes that Betty's transformation from damsel-in-distress to villain has played a big part in that.

"The first couple of seasons, people empathized with her or pitied her, and I was getting kind of the sad, poor-me roles, or the victim roles," recalls Jones. "And now I'm getting the badass, bad-guy roles now that Betty's (changed)."

Unknown hits theaters on February 18.

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