January Jones loves reality TV — not only was she recently romantically linked to a Bachelor, but she once considered being The Bachelorette — and, she insists, she’s just as devoted to the genre as Jennifer Lawrence.
And, just like Lawrence, as a proud watcher of Vanderpump Rules, The Last Man on Earth star has visited Lisa Vanderpump’s restaurants. The Mad Men alum even tried to have her 40th birthday bash at Pump earlier this year, but they totally rejected her — despite having an in with Bravo’s Andy Cohen. And, no, she didn’t stand for that.
“I had my 40th birthday this year and I called Pump to try to do my party there,” Jones, whose birthday was Jan. 5, tells Yahoo Lifestyle. “No one called me back.”
So she stepped up her game. “My publicist called. My best friend called. We called and called and called and called,” she continues. “It was over the holidays, but still. No one responded.”
And it wasn’t a voicemail-into-the-abyss situation. She actually spoke to humans. “One time I called, I got a girl and she’s like: ‘We’ll call you back.’ Nothing. I called back again, no response.” She even texted Cohen, king of the Real Housewives, and got the general manager’s number, but “the guy wouldn’t call me back.”
Needless to say, a gal can’t wait forever. She had to move on. But she made sure they were aware that they made a mistake.
“Around New Year’s, I was going out to dinner and I said: ‘You know what, I’m going into Pump,'” she recalls with a laugh. “I walked in there and I was like Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman. I was like: ‘Tried to call ya. Guess what: I’m not having my birthday party here. Big mistake. Big. Huge.'”
That got some attention for sure. “They were like, ‘What? I’m so sorry. OMG. We can arrange it.’ I said: ‘Too late. Already having it at a different venue.’ So I was like peeved at them,” she says.
After suggesting that maybe they should throw her an epic half birthday in July for free, Jones agreed that’d be a good idea. “Yes, they owe me,” she laughs. “So to answer your question, yes, I’ve been to Pump many times, and Sur, but way before [Vanderpump Rules started to air in 2013]. And, yeah, I tried to have a birthday party there.”
Catch Jones on Last Man on Earth Sundays on Fox at 9:30 p.m./8:30 c.
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