Elisabeth Moss is on the cover of this week’s issue of New York magazine, because according to writer Willa Paskin, when Mad Men returns on April 13th, “it will be as much Peggy’s story as Don’s.” (Sorry for everyone who was hoping for more Glen and Rollo buddy comedies.) This shift has been seasons in the making, and it’s only going to continue to intensify, considering there are only 14 episodes left before AMC becomes a wasteland of zombies and distant memories of meth and not great Bobs.
This is excellent news for Peggy fans and Moss admirers, both of which I consider myself (everyone should see Top of the Lake, too). But that admiration is mixed with confusion, re: her association with Scientology.
We are almost at the ocean when I bring up Scientology, the church Moss was raised in…“I’m not going to talk about it anymore,” she says firmly. “I said what it meant to me, and anyone can go and look at that if they want to know what I feel. But now it’s private, off limits.”
She has previously spoken about how the church is personally helpful to her, not anti-gay, and “grossly misunderstood by the media.” But Moss does not talk about Scientology even with friends and seems very comfortable with how uncomfortable it makes other people. “I would feel the same way, honestly,” she says. “I think if there was something that I didn’t know and didn’t understand, I would probably feel as opinionated. You know how you’re opinionated about when someone breaks up? Celebrities break up and you just feel like you know what happened?” (Via)
Speaking of: later on in the article, Paskin asks Moss about her ill-fated marriage to Fred Armisen.
We sit down and I circle back to her point about celebrity breakups: She was in one. Moss was briefly married to former Saturday Night Live cast member Fred Armisen, whom she met when Jon Hamm hosted the show. They were married a year later and broke up eight months after that, in 2010. Armisen has since described himself as a “terrible husband” on Howard Stern, a classification to which Moss nods in agreement.
“Looking back, I feel like I was really young, and at the time I didn’t think that I was that young,” Moss 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.” (Via)
Every morning Moss had to wake up to this:
I’d consider that “traumatic,” too.