'Mad Men': Elisabeth Moss' Epic Hallway Swagger "Was Not Cool at All" to Shoot (Video)

"James Dean makes it look super cool and easy, but it's actually really hard to hold a cigarette in your mouth and walk."
Lloyd Bishop/NBC
Elisabeth Moss and Seth Meyers

Elisabeth Moss stopped by Late Night With Seth Meyers to reminisce about the Mad Men finale — and clarify one thing about that epic hallway scene.

In the "Lost Horizon" episode, Peggy Olson — wearing sunglasses and smoking a cigarette — finally walks into McCann-Erickson with a box of her belongings, Bert Cooper's obscene painting, and an endless amount of swagger. The stunning image immediately trended on Twitter and became a satisfying resolution to the character's seven-season struggle in the workplace.

Yet to film the scene, "it was not cool at all," clarified Moss. "I was holding this box, which, everything on Mad Men is super real, so they made the box really heavy ... The painting is kind of awkward and kind of large, and they wanted me to hold it so that you could see it in certain shots. And then the cigarette — it's actually really difficult to do. James Dean makes it look super cool and easy, but it's actually really hard to hold a cigarette in your mouth and walk. ... I was just trying to look cool, trying not to drop a painting, and trying to bump into the walls," she continued.

What track was she listening to while strutting down that hallway? "[Bee Gees'] 'Stayin' Alive', obviously. I'm walking down a hallway — what else would I listen to?"

And of Peggy and Stan's happy ending, she added, "I was happy that she got the most romantic scene on the episode. ... As far as we're concerned, everything's fine [after that scene]!"

Watch the video below.

comments powered by Disqus