During her segment on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Friday, actress January Jones recounted how she'd pulled a fast one on her high school ex- boyfriend, Sioux Falls, South Dakota Realtor Tony Erickson.
The preemptive April Fool's prank began on Thursday, when Erickson noticed a few missed calls from a Los Angeles area code at his Hegg ReaItors office. When he'd finally picked up, it was Jones, 36, at the other end, a fellow Roosevelt High School alum. Erickson commented, "This is the last person I thought would be calling me. I hadn't talked to her in 20 years."
Jones told him she was flying into Sioux Falls on Friday with the intention of buying some property, and wanted Erickson to meet her at Sioux Falls Regional Airport with some options put together. Erickson compiled some $1 million to $2 million property listings and went to the airport.
"I really didn't know what to think. It kind of took me off guard," Erickson said. "So I asked her more what she was looking for. She played along with it well. Obviously, she's a fantastic actress."
When Erickson arrived at the airport, he was met by five fellow employees, one of which had paper over her face with an image of Jones on it. Erickson then realized he'd been tricked, and Jones texted him to tell him to tune into her Fallon appearance on Friday. Jones sure enough began describing the prank, adding that "He (Erickson) broke my heart 20 years ago. He deserved it."
Erickson's wife Christine, who was in on the prank, said "Nobody deserves it more than he does. He's sent people from his office on wild goose chases." Tony Erickson added, "It was pretty funny. She did a great job. But as soon as Jimmy Fallon said my name the first time, I thought that was it. And right away I'm getting texts and Facebook messages, and it's still pretty crazy."
January Jones is best known for playing Betty Draper on AMC's critically acclaimed hit series Mad Men, which will commence its final season on April 13th.
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