Mad Woman, Bad GirlOpening up for the first time since her divorce from Fred Armisen, Mad Men star Elisabeth Moss bares all - from tight clothes and fast boys to being a 'total girly-girl' feminist who's ready for some fun
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Moss considers for a moment, tugs her fedora and hints that Peggy's life may finally be catching up to her own.
"I started the show way more confident, way more wizened, way more aware of the world around me than Peggy was, but over the years she's caught up quite a bit," Moss says. "We've managed to come closer and closer together over the years."
To be sure, neither the actress nor her signature character should be underestimated as simple Susie Sunshines.
"I like that Peggy's called enigmatic. She doesn't always do what you expect, and people don't understand her. I think that's true to life. People have so many different sides to them."
On set, Moss can often be found hanging with Jon Hamm, whom she considers an older brother (he flew to London to watch Moss in the play The Children's Hour last spring) or playing fierce rounds of the board game Sequence with the cast.
She waves off rumors that January Jones has caused strife on the set. (Last August, Jared Gilmore, 11, who had played Jones' son, said of the actress, "Be careful around January. She's not as approachable as the others. Everyone else is so nice.")
"January's really fun, a cool girl and a great mom. She's got her head in the right place. Everybody loves her," Moss insists.
When she's in New York, Moss crashes at the Bowery Hotel and glides between fancy lounges like the Boom Boom Room and "the closest dive bar in the East Village." She reads her horoscope regularly in the New York Post and, true to girly form, her favorite place to play hooky is in the aisles of Sephora.
"It's the greatest thing anyone ever did, are you kidding?" she raves. "I go to the one in Union Square." Moss takes giddy delight in lipsticks, glosses, face masks, exfoliators. She recently got hooked on Lumiere eye cream and, sounding like a veteran ad exec, exclaims, "I love products!"
No surprise Moss enjoys colorful experimentation; she grew up in L.A. in a close-knit artistic family. Her father manages jazz musicians and her mother plays blues harmonica. She calls her writer/musician brother, just 18 months her junior, "one of the most talented people I know." The born-and-raised Scientologist (a topic she declines to discuss) frequently taps her mom as a plus-one for awards ceremonies: "She's the best date. She makes sure I'm well fed and happy!"