Elisabeth Moss is a multiple Emmy nominee and recent Golden Globe winner … and also someone who thinks that when paparazzi snap pictures of her, “They must’ve had no one else to photograph.”
That’s one of the many charming anecdotes in a New York magazine profile of the “Mad Men” star, who reveals herself to be very self-aware of her place in celebrity culture while also consuming it. For instance, she frets about the hanging-out-with-the-subject portion of the article — “I was like, ‘I guess we’ll go to the beach, because that’s something I would do if I had time and wasn’t so lazy?'” — and gets excited when she sees the writer jotting down what she’s wearing on the beach outing: “That’s my favorite part of articles. I always want to know what they’re wearing. I want to know what Amy Adams wears to lunch.”
In keeping with the usual veil of secrecy around “Mad Men,” there’s next to zero talk about the show’s final season, which premieres April 13, and what’s on the horizon for Moss’ character, the glass ceiling-breaking Peggy Olson. She does share some tidbits from the show’s set, including that she’s the “official president of base Camp,” a hangout area where the cast gathers during downtime to talk and play Heads Up on their iPhones.
There’s also this, a joke she delivered to her co-stars recalling early seasons when Peggy was still a secretary: “Do you remember when I used to come in and bring you a**holes drinks and leave and that was my job?”
And this, about her chosen career: “Acting is not stupid, but it’s a very strange profession, honestly. My job is to get up, and get dressed in someone else’s clothes, and go and pretend that I’m someone else. Who does that? Nobody does that. Strippers and actors do that.”
Moss readily admits she “enjoy[s] a little gossip,” but she was struck by how the celeb media played the end of her brief marriage to former “Saturday Night Live” regular and current “Late Night with Seth Meyers” bandleader Fred Armisen.
“I always knew that the stuff that you read is not true,” she tells the magazine, “but when I was in the situation and you really, actually read things that you apparently said or did that are 100 percent made up. … It’s just the strange, simple thing of, that’s your heart they’re talking about, and it just … it sucks.”
The full profile, along with a handful of flirty-sexy photos of Moss, is in New York Magazine’s March 10 issue.