- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Animals house

January Jones, who plays Betty Draper, a Grace Kellyesque ‘60s housewife on AMC’s “Mad Men,” was on Capitol Hill on Tuesday to lobby for something oceans apart from her on-screen persona.


Miss Jones, 31, signed on to be a spokeswoman for Oceana, an environmental advocacy group, last year. Since then, she’s been involved to save sharks in the biggest shark tank of them all - the U.S. Congress.

In fact, she says her character might have something in common with a politician or two. “I think [Betty] would get involved politically for selfish reasons. She is emotionally immature,” she says.

Sound familiar?

The actress told us her biggest objective while in town was to garner support for the Shark Conservation Act of 2009, which would prohibit shark finning - or cutting off the fins of sharks and throwing the bodies back into the sea.

A native of South Dakota, Miss Jones said she didn’t experience the majesty of the ocean until age 15, which has contributed to her heightened appreciation of the sea and its mysterious creatures.

Miss Jones explained that she just wrapped filming season three of the popular television show - and after taking a vacation will be back to work on season four.

Sounds as if on her vay-cay she might be trading her twin sets and hoop skirts for a wet suit, because she told us she wants to dive with Great Whites.

Hey, if she can swim with senators, “Jaws” is nothing.

Pink shows love

While January Jones was on a mission to save her friends with fins, rocker Pink, who performed at the Patriot Center on Monday night, gave a shout-out to first lady Michelle Obama for helping critters with fur.

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