Elisabeth Moss

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  • Elisabeth: I think every role I try to find something that I can relate to, even if it was the smallest thing. With Polly in Girl, Interrupted, what I identified with... was the feeling of maybe displacement and not feeling like you belong. With Zoey, what I find is that we have a similarity in that we're both getting used to coming into the public eye, and even though we might deal with it in a slightly different way, I think I'm more comfortable with it because I chose to be in the public eye. But it's still that same strange feeling.

  • Elisabeth: I think I've always sorta been drawn, I think a lot of actresses are, to Shakespeare's Juliet, just because she goes through so much in that play that it'd be such an incredible arc for any actress to play -- going from the virginal, innocent, naive young girl to such an incredible despair, I think, is one of the saddest moments in literature... would stretch so much more than anything else. So, hopefully, one day...

  • Elisabeth: (on her character in "The West Wing") I think what I enjoy most about playing Zoey is the fact that she's a lot more comfortable and open than I am. That's one of the wonderful things about acting, is that you get to do things that otherwise you would never dream of doing.

  • Elisabeth: I think every day there is some new actress comes out and inspires me to do something else... like Hilary Swank. After she did Boys Don't Cry, I felt this yearning to go out and be even half as good as she was.

  • Elisabeth: I hopefully I have a long career ahead of me. So, frankly, I'm not in any hurry.

  • Elisabeth: (on her role in "Girl, Interrupted") I think the fact that she was disfigured was one of the most intriguing things for me. It's very rare for an actress my age to be offered a role of such substance, and there was no way that I was going to turn it down.

  • Elisabeth: I think my guideline has been to find things that inspire me. And as long as I stick to that, I don't think I'll have any problems crossing over to becoming an adult actress.

  • Elisabeth: I've worked with a lot of great people, so I've gotten a lot of great advice. But I think the one I use the most, I picked up from James Lapine, who directed Earthly Possessions. He told me to take every sentence and figure out exactly what the thought was behind that sentence, and to have a specific thought for every line. And that was something that really opened a lot of doors for me.

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Trivia (20)

  • As a kid, Elisabeth used to play "library" in their staircase and made her parents check out books. She also grew an imaginary garden in their backyard, using sticks as seedlings.

  • Elisabeth's role as Christina on the ABC sci-fi drama Invasion was initially intended as a one-episode guest appearance. She was eventually called back to the show as a recurring character.

  • Elisabeth has a fear of heights, spiders, and deep water.

  • Elisabeth considers The Office as her guilty pleasure on television.

  • Elisabeth, along with her Mad Men female co-stars, was listed among Zap2It.com's "Underrated Actors of 2007".

  • Her role as Peggy Olson on Mad Men (2007) is the first television pilot she ever did. She admits that prior to auditioning for the part, she has never tried out for TV a pilot since she started acting in 1988.

  • Elisabeth is 5' 3" (1.60 m) tall.

  • Elisabeth performed the songs "May We Entertain You" and "Baby June and Her Newsboys" in the 1993 movie soundtrack for Gypsy.

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