'X-Men: First Class' Actress January Jones Talks Telepathic Stare-Downs With James McAvoy

We're all still buzzing over the "X-Men: First Class" trailer, and the June 3-releasing mutant super-team origin story is really going to be here before you know it. Star January Jones, who plays the telepathic, diamond-skinned mutant Emma Frost in the film, spoke to MTV News during the press junket for "Unknown" (out this Friday) about the challenges of playing a character who spends at least part of her time thinking her words at people as opposed to speaking them aloud.


"Well, I'm telepathic too. So James [McAvoy] and I just had a lot of staring at each other, trying to out-think each other," she said, referring to McAvoy's role as X-Men founder and fellow telepath Charles Xavier. She added, "If someone has footage of that, the outtakes need to be released somewhere because it's retarded. Not in a bad way."

As funny as it must have been to watch the two engaging in on-set staring contests, Jones admits that it was also "very difficult" and expressed her hope that there's more to her telepathic back-and-forth with McAvoy/Xavier than just shot-reverse-shot staredowns.

"Hopefully they'll show something where it's the physical aspect of what we're trying to do mentally, because it's just kind of us staring at each other for a really long time," she said. "He at least has this [places her index and middle finger against her temple in iconic Professor X pose], where I don't have anything. So maybe my powers are more honed. I don't need a thing."

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