I watched Law & Order last night to see our girl January; I’ve never seen her in anything else. It’s interesting watching how much an actress brings to a character and how much is that actress’s inherent quality.
What I mean is, Betty Draper has a little girl voice, and a lost little girl affect. It’s hard to know what goes on behind that affect. On Law & Order, January played Kim Brody, who didn’t have a little girl voice, and was a manipulater who played people using a little girl affect.
The beautiful manipulater could have been played a dozen ways. The softness was unexpected, and I felt like that comes from Jones rather than from the script or the character. Still, it worked.