“I’m sure I will still disappoint someone.”
That’s what January Jones had to say to Hero Complex in an interview about taking on the role of Emma Frost in the upcoming prequel, X-Men: First Class. Don’t let the ominous statement worry you though. From the sound of things, the Mad Men star is readying herself up good and proper. Which is to say, she’s learned from the best source possible: the comics.
“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. …I wanted to know as much as I could about her so I wasn’t disappointing anyone.”
It’s a daunting role to take on for Jones, and for more reasons than just the nitpicking eyes of Internet comic book geeks. “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,” she said. “I’m a petite person, so I didn’t want to go into a strict workout and eating regime. I would have disappeared entirely, and she’s very busty, very voluptuous, so I didn’t want to get rid of any of my curves.”
Costumes inevitably change in the translation from comics to film because the heavily stylized original creations don’t always convert well in reality to practical outfits. This is especially true of Emma Frost, whose skimpy attire could only be held to her body by the power of telepathy alone.
X-Men: First Class will wind back the clock to the 1960s, familiar turf for Jones thanks to her Mad Men experiences. “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!'” she 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.”
The story will see a young Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Erik Lehnsherr (Michael Fassbender), the future Magneto, meeting and discovering their powers for the first time. The two become friends and work together initially, though as we all know circumstances eventually put them on separate and opposing paths. Matthew Vaughn is directing the film, which has about a month of shooting left. X-Men: First Class hits theaters this June.