From Mad Men to Top Of The Lake, the High-Rise star has constructed her mark playing earnest, tightly wound women. So how come shes known as the class buffoon?
Elisabeth Moss gets people coming up to her all the time and asking how shes doing. Is she sad Mad Men ended? Was it hard? The last day of shooting was, she tells them. The producers saved all the scenes in the ending montage until the very end, so all the actors would be there that day. It was like, All right, so and so is up and everyone would trudge to situate and two more performers would wrap. You would be crying. Stroll away. Weep some more. All right, its Vinny[ Kartheiser ] now. Lets go, and everybody would go. It happened six, seven hours that day. I left and I went home. I felt proud. We had wrapped. We were done. Then, almost a year later, it starts airing and all of a sudden everyone is asking you about it again, and everyone is going through their own cathartic experience of it objective. You are going, Right. OK. Ive got to get back there. I had done four movies since then, and I was doing a Broadway play at the time. They were going through their own grieve process. You are like, I know. It is awful. It is sad. Right. It is really sad
Moss chuckles at her quandary commiserating on behalf of the members of people commiserating with her, even though she herself is not particularly sad which seems born of her particular concoction of celebrity, breeziness and politeness. She has a hard enough time maintaining the episodes of Mad Men straight in her head. You could have asked me what we shoot last week or what happened in the last episode. I dont remember. I cant tell you how many times I have been online to check the little plot summing-ups to remind myself. I swear to God.
In person, Moss is ebullient, flip, much more so than she is on screen, where she excels at quiet, tightly wound characters who inhibit their impressions to get on with the job: earnest, driven Peggy, the timid secretary turned ace copywriter in Mad Men. Or her New Zealand detective in Jane Campions superb Top Of The Lake, returning to her home town to investigate the disappearance of a 12 -year-old girl, antennae twitching, steeling herself against her own traumas. On define, though, she is known as a joker, always the ringleader in games of Heads Up ! a charades app on the situated of Mad Men, whose cast voted her class clown. She once rolled up to the set to ask them, Do you remember when I used to come in and bring you assholes drinkings and leave, and that was my job? Method she is not.
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