If you’ve seen X-Men: First Class and/or Mad Men, then you know that January Jones has exactly one acting speed and it’s “Frigid Monotone Robot Built To Hate Children” a.k.a herself. (If you’re wondering how she’s smiling in these photos, she sucks her infant son’s joy right out of his dried afterbirth each morning. No, really.) So it really shouldn’t come as a surprise that Jerry Bruckheimer made her dance on a conference table to audition for Coyote Ugly only to watch his penis turn to ice which is really the key takeaway from her anecdote during The Hollywood Reporter‘s Emmy Roundtable of Drama Actresses:
January Jones: That just reminded me of one of the worst moments in my entire life. It was an audition for Coyote Ugly, my second audition ever. I’d done the reading for the acting part and then Jerry Bruckheimer wanted me to come in and dance … on top of the table.
Margulies: You mean just regular dance?
Jones: Yes. They said, “You’re going to dance to Prince’s ‘Kiss.’ You’re going to pole dance, but there is no pole.” (Laughter.) And I just turned beet red. It was awful, and he said something like, “Honey, you did a great reading, but you’ve got no rhythm.” (Laughter.) I called my agent and said, “I don’t want to do this anymore.”
THR: Have you seen Bruckheimer since then and recounted this story?
Jones: Oh, he has no recollection of it.
Sedgwick: Of course not. He’s said that to so many girls.
Jones: The weirdest part though? There’s was this one skinny guy in the room hiding behind a plant and just giggling the whole time, mumbling “Jerry, make her wash my Ferrari. My Ferrari, Jerry. It’s dirrrttty.” I never did catch his name.
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