'Mad Men's' Elisabeth Moss Talks Becoming a Star On- and Off-Camera and Having the Pull to Get a Movie Made

Elisabeth Moss
Elisabeth Moss
 

At the beginning of Mad Men, it's possible creator Matthew Weiner knew that Elisabeth Moss' Peggy Olson would become as much of a star as Jon Hamm's Don Draper. After all, he put her name second in the opening credits, despite Moss being fourth on the call sheet for the pilot, she explains in a cover story for New York magazine.

Now, Olson is as much a part of the show's story as Draper, despite rumors after the show's fifth season that Moss wouldn't be returning after Olson left for another ad agency.

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Moss has also appeared in the miniseries Top of the Lake and two small films. She admits that her increased fame and pull has made her more careful about reading film scripts.

"I had to actually have that moment of observing that I have to read the whole script and decide whether or not I want to do this movie, because if I do it, the movie will get made, and if I don't do it, the movie won’t get made," she tells the magazine. "That’s new."

But her increased stardom has also made her even more of a fixture in the tabloids, which covered her short marriage to Fred Armisen, whom she wed in October 2009 and split from just months later.

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Looking back on her brief marriage, Moss calls that period "traumatic" and "horrible" but is also relieved that she went through it at such a young age.

"Looking back, I feel like I was really young, and at the time I didn’t think that I was that young," she says. "It was extremely traumatic and awful and horrible. At the same time, it turned out for the best. I’m glad that I’m not there. I’m glad that it didn’t happen when I was 50. I’m glad I didn’t have kids. And I got that out of the way. Hopefully. Like, that’s probably not going to happen again."

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