January Jones on Playing Emma Frost In ‘X-Men: First Class’

The 'Mad Men' actress speaks out about portraying the White Queen in the 'X-Men' prequel.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

January Jones on Playing Emma Frost In 'X-Men: First Class'

Fans of "Mad Men" may be surprised that January Jones – who plays Betty, the former housewife of Don Draper on the acclaimed series – welcomed the chance to play Emma Frost, the ultimate comic book bad girl in the upcoming "X-Men: First Class.’

“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,” Jones told The Los Angeles Times. “I feel like I’m a kid playing mutant.”

“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!’” continued Jones. “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.”

In the "X-Men" comics, Emma Frost is well known for wearing incredibly skimpy outfits that wouldn’t seem out of place in a Victoria’s Secret store. And despite the early pictures from the set that depicted Jones in a much more conservative costume, the White Queen’s fashion sense will apparently carry over to the new film as well.

"The costumes are insane,” revealed Jones. "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.”

Although Jones indicated that her outfits sometimes posed problems for her, she also related that she had it relatively easy compared to other cast members.

“I don’t have to do all the crazy prosthetics,” said Jones. “When I morph into my diamond form, it’s all done on computer.”

Jones also spoke about what drew her to Emma Frost in the first place.

“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,” recalled Jones. “She had a falling out with her father and went her own direction.”

“Fans of the ‘X-Men’ comics have a very set idea of these characters in their heads,” added Jones. “I wanted to know as much as I could about her so I wasn’t disappointing anyone. [But] I’m sure I will still disappoint someone.”