January Jones Says 'Mad Men' Role Was Created Just For Her

January Jones - Mad Men Still of Betty Drapper - 2009
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"There was no Betty in the pilot when I auditioned," she says.

January Jones says her role as repressed housewife Betty Draper on AMC's Mad Men was created just for her.

"There was no Betty in the pilot when I auditioned," she tells the new issue of W magazine. "Matthew Weiner, the creator of the show, had no intention of showing Don Draper's home life. I read for Peggy two times - it was between me and Elisabeth Moss, who eventually got the part. At the end of the scene, there was a casual mention that Don was married. Matt went home that night and wrote two scenes that featured Betty. I auditioned a couple of days later, and he made me a verbal promise that the character would grow. I took the part on faith-there was no script or fleshed-out character or Betty plotline."
Meanwhile, Lionsgate Entertainment Corp. and  AMC recently agreed to bring back the Emmy-winning show back for a fifth and final sixth season, ending a standoff with Weiner. New episodes begin airing in 2012.