January Jones discusses Emma Frost role

January Jones told the LA Times she is “intimated” by Emma Frost’s barely-dressed body. Although “Mad Men” and “X-Men: First Class” are set in the 60s, Jones realizes that Betty Draper is a radically different character compared to Emma Frost – especially when comparing their wardrobes. She also added she wanted to know as much about the character in order to please the hardcore fans.


Written by Rebecca Keegan

When January Jones was initially cast as mutant telepath Emma Frost in “X-Men: First Class,” she was eager to for the chance to break out of the retro 1960s world of Betty Draper, her character on “Mad Men.” Imagine the actress’ surprise when she learned that prim Betty and the vixen Emma could be partners in time.

“When I heard that this installment of ‘X-Men’ was gonna take place in the ’60s I was like, ‘Oh my God, you must be kidding me!’” Jones said. “But I read the script and familiarized 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.”

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“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.”

One of the first things Jones wanted to understand about her character was the source of Emma’s anger, an answer she found by steeping herself in “X-Men” lore.

“Emma was a bespectacled, mousy child who had this power when she was young that she couldn’t quite harness, the telepathy, the mind-twisting stuff,” Jones said. “She had a falling out with her father and went her own direction.”

It wasn’t just learning Emma’s back-story that was important to Jones, but being able to reach hard-core fans. “Fans of the X-Men comics have a very set idea of these characters in their heads,” Jones said. “I wanted to know as much as I could about her so I wasn’t disappointing anyone. I’m sure I will still disappoint someone.”

The film, which opens in June, has about a month of shooting left. For Jones, it’s a welcome chance to branch out from 1960s housewife to 1960s bad girl. “I’m riding around in helicopters, I’m in a boat one day, I’m in all these fight sequences, we’re all over the English countryside,” she said. “I feel like I’m a kid playing mutant.”

Full article: ‘X-Men: First Class’: January Jones copes with sexed-up, ‘insane’ costumes

Comments

  • http://emmafrostfiles.com Anthony

    I am very interested already, i doubt shell do good as the emma i love in the comics, actually I dont think anyone can but I am eager to see how this works out. I wonder when the trailer comes out

  • khino

    Yes, I’m wainting for the trailer too.

    Also, if you follow the link you’ll see that Emma’s diamond form will be in this movie as well, and though in Wolverine Origins it was bad executed, this time it looks like it will be better (seeing as Emma won’t be just a cameo this time around). And she’ll have telepathy as well, so they’re being accurate as far as powersets go.

    And wow, Frosty must have a hell of a role in the movie: despite Magneto and Professor X being supposedly the main characters for this movie, Emma’s the character that is being showed the most before the movie is released. The only images we have so far are hers, this interview… Not that I’m complaining ; )

  • Luis

    I think she’s a good actress and the fact that she tried to know more of Emma and her background is really positive, because she, at least, has some interest in the character and want to do a great job.
    But I still dislike the whole idea of Emma’s role on this film as counterpart of Xavier and Magneto, I really dont like it…

  • NB

    @luis Why not a counterpart of Xavier? What else should she start out as and still be faithful (relatively speaking) to her comics history?

    But don’t lose hope, maybe she’ll just be Shaw’s lapdog instead, like Mystique was Magneto’s in the first move ;)

    Joking aside, such a role is actually quite likely :(

  • Luis

    I know that, lol, but I was talking her supposed romantic link with both of them, I just don’t like that idea, also I want a young Emma with the psychic affair with Scott and the love/hate relationship with Jean xD
    Maybe I’m too dramatic but really it’s something that I was not expecting for her in her first big role on a film.
    I wanted something more like her characterization in Wolverine and the X-men.
    But yeah she probably will be just a sidekick for Shaw at the end :(

  • Luis

    Ohh we need an edit button here, lol.
    Anyway, in less words I would like to see a Emma in her Morrison’s New X-men or Asotnishing X-men portrayal :)

  • NB

    I see.

    Well, the rumor that Emma will be in a triangle with Magneto and Xavier is only that I believe, a rumor without any substance. If for nothing else, than that it would require her to have a much larger role than she’ll likely have. Also, the differences between the two should be ideological, it would be pretty strange to have someone else (not to mention Emma) come between them.

    More rumored info here:
    http://www.dailyblam.com/news/2011/01/08/details-of-the-theatrical-trailer-for-x-men-first-class

  • http://emmafrostfiles.com Anthony

    So Emma is going to where the same outfit as she did in Astonishing/Wolverine and the X men?? Wow I wonder how they are going to pull that outfit off, I love that costume the best however

  • NB

    Maybe.

    I don’t think the trailer has been really confirmed. Could be made up.

  • jordan

    has there been any confirmation that this Emma will be telepathic? The actress talks about going into diamond form but not telepathy…i’d hate if they had the classic hell fire emma with diamond skin but no psychic powers