January Jones pretty much commanded attention during the third season of “Mad Men.” Now her character of Betty Draper seems to be divorcing husband Don and moving on with New York politician Henry Francis.
At HBO’s soggy outdoor party last night at the Golden Globes, January was much warmer than the month she’s named for as she sat outside under the big tent at a table with her family. As you can imagine, the Joneses are an attractive, articulate group. January, who seems so imposing as Betty, is petite and sweet in what we jokingly call real life out here in Hollywood.
So what will happen?
“I don’t know, and I’m not even sure Matt Weiner, does either. We don’t start shooting until April. I heard he did say it was going to be like two shows now, so we’ll see.” Could there be a Betty spinoff? January laughed: “Oh yes, like ‘The Betty Show’? I don’t think so!”
Even with the lightly falling rain., there were plenty of HBO stars everywhere. I did run into Jeremy Piven of “Entourage” fame, who was busy chatting up the tall, beautiful blonde Ashlan Gorse, an E! host. He’d probably been making inroads until I showed up!
I asked Jeremy why the Internet was constantly abuzz with rumors of blind items about his womanizing ways. He has a good sense of humor about it, especially the most salacious rumors.
“It’s so funny,” he said, “because if they really knew me, none of it is right.” Maybe some of it comes from “Ari,” the character he plays on the show. “I’m not that aggressive,” he said.
And his fish consumption? “I knew you’d go there.” he said, shaking his head. Even Ashlan Gorse got a chuckle out of that one.
Also spotted around the HBO pool: Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer of “True Blood,” allowing fans to put the bite on them for autographs … And Calista Flockhart and Harrison Ford, who kept to themselves and were kind of hidden for a while in the indoor area before deciding to move on. Ford — who is one of the last of the real movie stars — has “Extraordinary Measures” about to be released. He also told me he’s excited about “Morning Glory,” a comedy set for’mid summer’co-starring Diane Keaton, Patrick Wilson’and Rachel McAdams, directed by Roger Michel for Paramount … Also Anthony Mackie of’”The Hurt Locker,” who flew in on Sunday morning from New York and returned there Sunday night. He’s in rehearsals this morning for a new Broadway play’that opens in’March. Oscar voters: Anthony’should be nominated for best supporting actor. He’s the’breakout’star of 2009 … P.S. thanks to Bill Mancini, the best security guy in’LA, who managed to get people in and out of the HBO party with his usual deftness. He’s one of the reasons the Bev Hilton runs so well …