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January Jones finds red carpet events intimidating

Actress January Jones is flattered by comparisons to screen icon Grace Kelly but also finds it daunting and "too much responsibility".

January Jones likes to adopt a character when posing on the red carpet so she doesn't feel so self-conscious.

The Mad Men star is known for wearing avant-garde creations to Hollywood events, such as the strapless emerald Ulyana Sergeenko jumpsuit she sported at the 2015 Emmy Awards, and describes her bold choices as a key way she is able to push sartorial boundaries.

“Sometimes those red carpets are very intimidating, and to have a character in mind or an inspiration or story I’m trying to tell always helps me,” she told WWD. “So if I’m trying to be David Bowie or Tilda Swinton or Siouxsie Sioux... it kind of helps me get through the anxiety of having to do a red carpet."

The 38-year-old, who has just finished filming season two of The Last Man on Earth television series, added that while she is flattered by comparisons between herself and Hollywood screen star Grace Kelly, she also finds it daunting and "too much responsibility".

Mother-of-one January considers the late American actress a great beauty inspiration along with Marilyn Monroe, Veronica Lake and Elizabeth Taylor.

"She was a princess, and she wasn’t flawed,” January said of Grace, adding, “I feel like I personally want to be able to be flawed and make mistakes — whether in life or beauty mistakes."

January, known for her bright blonde locks, has just signed on as the face of Kerastase’s Nutritive haircare line. The South Dakota native said that choosing to work with the L’Oreal-owned brand was a "no-brainer" because she had been using the products for over a decade and her identity is in sync with the label's philosophy.

The actress adds that while she's been having fun playing with her hair colour for recent roles, she feels most comfortable with her natural blonde hue.

“I haven’t been colouring my hair, like, for over a year,” she admitted. “I’ve just been doing little highlights here and there, to give my hair a rest. But I always like going back to this, ’cause it feels the most like me."

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