Are Mad Men’s Christina Hendricks & Elizabeth Moss bitch-fighting?


This story comes from The National Enquirer, and I have very mixed feelings about it. On one hand, I hate to think of my two favorite Mad Men girls fighting, and I think it’s terribly un-feminist to think that two women can’t work together without it being boiled down to “they must hate each other and they’re probably both bitches.” On the other hand, there are a few things that I’m finding totally possible/conceivable about this story of bitchiness and sniping between Elisabeth Moss (Peggy) and Christina Hendricks (Joan/Red). Here’s the story:

Elisabeth Moss – who plays copywriter Peggy Olsen – and curvy redhead Christina Hendricks (Joan Harris) are feuding over screen time and top billing on the AMC show, sources say.

Moss was hired as the female lead, but after four seasons, Christina has emerged as the sexy break-out star and Elisabeth is none too pleased about losing top billing.

“Ever since Mad Men took off, there’s never been any love lost between Elisabeth and Christina,” an insider told the Enquirer. “Now, four years into the run, they absolutely hate each other. Elisabeth never lets Christina forget that she was cast as the show’s original female lead, and she was the one nominated for an Emmy for lead actress.”

But this past year, both women were nominated in the Supporting Actress Emmy category, and they both lost. Now they compete for better story lines, and Elisabeth lords it over Christina that she has more screen time with Jon Hamm.

Despite that, Christina is the one who has captured the public’s imagination, even being declared The Best Looking Woman In America by Esquire. She’s become a paparazzi favorite, and she’s happily married to Geoffrey Arend. Meanwhile, Elisabeth just filed for divorce from Fred Armisen.

“Christina has made it known that she considers herself the lead actress on the show now,” said the source. “She told a friend, It’s Jon and me that people are talking about, not Elisabeth.”

But Elisabeth is fighting back.

“To compete with Christina, Elisabeth is demanding that her character become sexier and more stylish… now Matthew Weiner has his work cut out for him. He has to keep both women happy, and prevent the catfight from wrecking the Mad Men set next season.”

[From The National Enquirer, print edition]

Reasons why I don’t believe this story: Christina really and truly does not seem like a bitch. She doesn’t seem cruel or mean or entitled or anything. She just seems like a pleasant person who is happy for the work and the attention. Also, Elisabeth seems nice too, but there’s a question mark there. She might not be as she seems – for one thing, there is the problem of her Scientology. But all in all, she seems humble and nice too.

Reasons why it could be true: because Moss is the lead, and yet Christina has gotten so much attention, and it would be normal to be slightly jealous, I think. Also, Christina’s storylines got better this past season – as did Elisabeth’s. They could potentially be in competition for screen time in the next season. We’ll see.

NEW YORK - OCTOBER 17: Actors Christina Hendricks (L) and Elisabeth Moss attend the 'Mad Men' season 4 finale screening at the 21 Club on October 17, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

Cast members Christina Hendricks (L) and Elisabeth Moss pose at the premiere for the fourth season of the television series Mad Men at the Mann 6 theatre in Hollywood, California July 20, 2010. The fourth season debuts on July 25. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)

Cast member Jon Hamm (C) poses with co-stars Christina Hendricks (R) and Elisabeth Moss at the premiere for the fourth season of the television series Mad Men at the Mann 6 theatre in Hollywood, California July 20, 2010. The fourth season debuts on July 25. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)

Winners of a Primetime Emmy Award pose in the press room at the 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at the JW Marriott in Los Angeles, CA at L.A. Live on August 29, 2010.  Pictured: Christina Hendricks, Elizabeth Moss, January Jones Fame Pictures, Inc


Photos courtesy of WENN.

You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.

31 Responses to “Are Mad Men’s Christina Hendricks & Elizabeth Moss bitch-fighting?”

Comments are Closed

We close comments on older posts to fight comment spam.

  1. Westcoaster says:

    I see Jon Hamm is not wearing underwear again. Thank you Kaiser!!

  2. Kimi says:

    I don’t get why Moss was chosen as the lead…sorry but she’s fuglier than hell and i’ve seen Christina in interviews and she’s the sweetest girl so i find it hard to believe she’d be bitchy with anyone.

  3. devilgirl says:

    Actually, Hendricks strikes me as a bitch. I may be wrong, but maybe the attention is going to her head. I think Moss is, and always will be, a superior actress.

  4. Samigirl says:

    …@kaiser and westcoaster-you guys need to watch the Weds. night episode of Conan. The Hamm was the first guest, and I seriously couldn’t keep my eyes off his…crotch. The man is OBVIOUSLY going commando. And it was…*ahem* impressive.

  5. launicaangelina says:

    I don’t buy it. I’m an avid fan of the show and it’s such an ensemble. The only one whose story line dominates is Don Draper’s. The rest of the characters’ story lines ebb and flow so their screen time varies based on the story. Both Peggy and Joan have gotten amazing stories.

  6. lucy2 says:

    I don’t buy it. Both are great in their roles, and both have gotten pretty much the same amount of story that they have since the beginning of the show. I think it’s just one more catfight story, because in tabloid land, heaven forbid 2 actresses work together and get along.

  7. LOVE ANGELINA says:

    Most Scientologists are nice people IMO. That shouldn’t be a factor here. It doesn’t matter if Christina is getting more attention, Moss is the lead, and her name appears after the male of the show which is Jon Hamm, you see Moss’s name right after his in terms of the opening credits. That don’t normally change that unless a main character is not in the show any more. Moss will get great scenes and more storylines automatically.

    They both seem extremely nice to me. 😀

  8. starkindustries says:

    Well if they are fighting, they should spend less time doing it, and more time finding flattering clothes. Christ they both dress terribly.

  9. Ernestine says:

    Oh, God. What a colossal crock of shit.

    These people are professional THESPIANS. They’re professional adult actors with grown-ups lives, not a bunch of cokewhore teenagers competing for screentime on some shitty CW show.

    At any rate, ANYONE WHO WATCHES THE SHOW realizes how there may be ENTIRE EPISODES where either Christina and Elizabeth aren’t shown at all; it purely depends on which people each episode centers around from week to week. Matt Weiner doesn’t develop his plotlines around bratty, demanding actresses — and to insinuate that these two can’t get along at all is totally condescending and sexist.

    I’m a little bit passionate about this show. 😉 I’ve got all the DVDs and have listened to the audio commentaries from the actors, writers, and directors, and can assure you all that the MM cast ADORES each other. I’m sure there are tiffs from time to time, but nothing this savage.

  10. Sarah says:

    I really don’t get the appeal of this show. I started to watch the first episode On Demand last night and got about 20 minutes into it and was bored as hell. But whatever. lol

  11. lisa says:

    I know that EVERYONE is in love with Mad Men. I get it. but Jon Hamm is doing some Movies now and I’m curious about the women. Are they getting work outside the show. January Jones I’m sure will. she is Blonde and has the “look” but what of the other two. are they working outside the show. Christina has talked about designers not making clothes for her fuller figure. I wonder if she is being offered any Movie work. I don’t know if that is an aspiration for her or Moss but I’m really curious when people are on hit shows how that translates. Sometimes it turns out to be an obstacle. Small screen appeal does not always translate to Big Screen magic.

  12. devilgirl says:

    Check IMBD. You can find out what movies the actors are doing. Moss has done things outside MM.

    By the way, her name on the show is Olsen, not Olden

  13. Colleen says:

    Think this is total BS.

    Moss was not cast as the lead bc of her looks, her character is supposed to be a bit of a plain jane/ just not as into the glamourpuss thing. She is a great actress.

  14. Ernestine says:

    Christina is set to star alongside Ryan Gosling in an upcoming film, January’s in the next X-Men movie, and Elizabeth is co-starring with Keira Knightley on the London stage.

    I think they’re going to be okay.

  15. ziggy says:

    i don’t believe either of these two women are particularly attractive.

  16. Jacq says:

    You forgot boobs after everytime you typed, Christina Hendricks. Christina Hendricks’s BOOBS were nominated for an Emmy and lost. Elizabeth Moss is now competing with Christina Hendricks’s BOOBS for more screen time. See? Isn’t that better?

  17. Sandy says:

    Jealousy is a negative emotion. Xenu would not be pleased. I smell a theta…

  18. Ligeia says:

    moral of the story: big tits is all you need to get ahead in hollyweird.

  19. HotPockets says:

    All I know that is factual?

    They’re all TERRIBLE dressers, that’s for sure.

  20. Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

    The fuller clothes are there, she just won’t wear them.

  21. normades says:

    I thought January was the diva???

  22. Anti-icon says:

    I’d have to choose the one who is not a Scientologist to win. (Morally opposed to cults.)

    But I’d have to choose the Scientologist to win (because they know shit. Bad shit.)

    Don’t want to discriminate on issues of Religion, because I have a strong faith. But Scientology is NO religion.

  23. lisa says:

    Thanks to those of you that answered the question regarding what they are doing outside the show.

    I always like to see if they these people on hit shows are able to parlay that to something different.

    I don’t always believe the stuff on IMBD.. it is not 100% accurate.

  24. Dannnii says:

    No, don’t believe it. Christina does not get a lot of air time, but I like her as a secondary character. Not everyone can be leads. I doubt she cares. I mean, January J. has not been getting a lot of air time either. I think they realize that Elizabeth is the talent here….she is such a skillful actress and plays well with all other actors/actresses on the show.
    I saw the lady who plays Trudy (someone Brie, forget her name), January Jones and Elizabeth Moss last year together and they all seemed to be having fun.

  25. Crash2GO2 says:

    I don’t get any animosity between those two from these pics at all. Not a smidgen. I don’t buy it. Cat fights always sell stories.

  26. Henriette says:

    So many people like to believe that women simply cannot get along with each other. Why aren’t there more articles about male stars bitch-fighting? Harumph!

  27. Faye says:

    That black lace dress is fugly beyond reason. Burn it.

  28. moocowhead says:

    What’s wrong with Phil Collins? What’s RIGHT with Phil Collins?!

  29. Lola says:

    @ #18 (Ligeia):

    Seriously? Isn’t that a little bit reductive?

  30. Hat says:

    Not sue what this feud is about. January Jones is clearly the female lead. If there is a feud, it,s for female second fiddle.

  31. Toni says:

    January s the female star. Elizabeth and Christina are merely players.