Elisabeth Moss “doesn’t want to waste her time” on her ex, Fred Armisen

Back in 2009, Mad Men’s Elisabeth Moss and Saturday Night Live’s Fred Armisen had a whirlwind romance, followed by a quick engagement and elopement. Then, ten months later, the marriage was over. Within weeks of the divorce announcement, the tabloids revealed that Armisen was boning his SNL costar Abby Elliot (which is over now). There were also reports that Armisen didn’t care for Elisabeth’s years-long membership in the Church of Scientology. Yeah… I know. I love Moss, and I try not to think about the whole Xenu thing with her. Anyway, Moss has a new interview with The New York Post Magazine, and she finally discusses Armisen a little bit. She also sounds like a really cool girl in general – I like her even more after this piece. Here are some highlights:

She‘s girly: “I’m a total girly-girl,” she confesses. “I have, you know, a million pairs of shoes and a million dresses.”

But she’s not interested in playing glamorous characters: “I would much rather have an interesting character to play,” she says. “I didn’t get into the business to be a model. I can get dressed up and wear something sexy any night of the week.”

Peggy is a feminist: “Well, she slept with Peter, her boss, in the pilot,” Moss points out with a schoolgirl giggle. “[But] I think as women in the workplace, we’re constantly trying to find a balance between being taken seriously and feeling sexy and good about ourselves, and that applies to actresses as well. I think Peggy has really been struggling with that balance for the last five years… I think she’s the truest feminist… It’s the feminism of, ‘Hey, I just want to do what I love, and I think I should get paid the same amount for doing it if I do as good a job as a man.’ ”

She considers herself a feminist too: “You know, if you believe that your ideas should be respected and if you believe that you have a voice, then you’re a feminist,” she says before taking a long sip of a Diet Coke and then reapplying some NARS lip gloss, one of her addictions.

She’s a drinker: “No comment on the smoking,” she says with a wry smile. “Of course I drink. I’m not a big fan of whisky or vodka-I just don’t like the taste. So I’m just a beer and wine girl. I’m also kind of a lightweight, so like, two glasses of wine and I am gooood.”

Moss on her divorce from Fred Armisen: “It’s so hard to talk about,” she says, growing quiet. “One of the greatest things I heard someone say about him is, ‘He’s so great at doing impersonations. But the greatest impersonation he does is that of a normal person.’ To me, that sums it up.” She leans forward, chin in hands and brow furrowed, as she confides all this in a low, measured near-whisper. “And I think that’s…that’s it,” she says, releasing a drawn-out giggle-sigh. “I’ve never told anyone that. And I don’t want to waste any more of my life talking about it.” So does she keep in touch with Armisen? “Oh, God, no,” she answers quickly.

The Hamm is like a big brother: 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.

On whether January Jones is an ice queen: 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.

She hasn’t decided if she wants children. “I have a tremendous amount of respect for my mother, and it makes me want to be a really great mother,” she says. “And sure, in an ideal world I can do it all. But I think for now I’m too young to know. You almost have to get older to understand that you’re too young to know.”

[From The New York Post]

I don’t think I realized how girlish she was/is. She’s 29 years old, and she definitely has the perpetual girl-woman thing happening. It’s okay in your 20s, but it starts to grate after a while. I loved the part about The Hamm coming to visit her in London – that’s amazing. It says a lot about their friendship, personally and professionally. Lizzie and Jon have one of the most fascinating relationships, on and off camera. As for the Armisen stuff – well, she’s a few years removed from it, and it doesn’t seem like she’s out to get him or anything. She just sounds like she barely even knew the man she married, and he pissed her off.

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  1. Agnes says:

    i can’t believe that she was married to that guy. he comes off as super creepy and completely artificial, to say the least.

    • Tiffany says:

      She can’t REALLY be into Xenu if she drinks. Any type of drugs (including Advil, etc.) is forbidden.

    • Ally says:

      I was Team Moss until I saw his show Portlandia. Amazingly smart, sharp & hilarious. He can’t be all bad to create something so subtle & wryly observed.

  2. Esmom says:

    “But the greatest impersonation he does is that of a normal person.’ To me, that sums it up.”

    That’s intriguing, I know she’s done talking about him but want to know more. I’ve always gotten a creepy/bizarre vibe from him and she seems so normal. Although I had no idea she was a Scientologist so that kinda changes my view of her. Not professionally, though. Hope she finds continued success with Mad Men and beyond.

    • Rachael says:

      Totally intriguing … I have always gotten a real weird/creepy vibe from him too. Her statement here just confirms that our outside impression of him was right. I would love to know more too, although I doubt we ever will … bummer. 😉

    • snackysnaxx says:

      I’m surprised Jon Hamm does so much stuff on SNL considering his friendship with her.

    • NinaG says:

      I like Fred especially on his new series Portlandia on IFC. She seems like a bitch. I’m sorry but nothing about this interview makes her seem cheeky or likable. She married him so why would she complain, plus she is into fuking sciencetology enough said!

  3. normades says:

    Sigh, I wish EM wasn’t in the Sea Org.

    Portlandia anyone?

    • mln76 says:

      I love Portlandia

      • Dana says:

        I love it too, especially after living there. The slacker dream of the 90’s is indeed alive there still.

    • Cerulean says:

      I used to live there too and the show is dead on. Put a bird on it.

    • Esmom says:

      It’s hilarious, although sometimes it gets tedious. My favorite is the “Two Shirts” shop. So true in hipster boutiques!

    • ac says:

      LOVE portlandia! I have a much better impression of Fred now after watching the show.

      The “acting normal” statement is telling….however aren’t most actors/comedians a bit strange and not “normal”? What is her exact definition of normal anyway?

    • moonriver says:

      I live in Portland 🙁 and have since I was born. I have to say its both true and also false and kind of disingenuous….

  4. Fyofeelings says:

    Kids see right through BS so I’ll take the kid’s word over this chick about JJ. This lady still has to work with JJ so of course she’s going to keep the peace.

  5. mln76 says:

    Eh as much as I love gossip and trash talking its in poor taste to trash your ex in the public eye. The New York Post isn’t her friend she should stick to dishing about Mad Men.

  6. Talie says:

    Damn she really goes there with this part:

    ‘He’s so great at doing impersonations. But the greatest impersonation he does is that of a normal person.’ To me, that sums it up.”

    Good for her.

  7. Boo says:

    Can’t get past the Scientology crap. I just can’t look at her and pretend she is normal (so her comments about her ex come off as ironic to me, but not in a way SHE would get).

    • Eve says:

      Totally agree with you. I, too, find it really ironic to see anyone who belongs to that cult suggesting somebody else is abnormal.

    • Kimbob says:

      Soooo true. Seriously, when I hear a person’s name, then hear them defined as a scientologist (I’m not capitalizing this “word” as it’s not deserving of such), my prior curiosity, or interest DISAPPEARS!

      It’s like the word scientology immediately cancels out the person, AS a person. It’s a horrible, horrible CULT.

    • Tiffany says:

      She can’t really be too much into it thought…you can’t drink if you are a member. If she drinks, she must not be into it still.

  8. lucy2 says:

    That was an interesting thing she said about her ex, but I don’t know if it was wise to say that public.
    Like that she and Hamm are friends IRL too.

  9. aenflex says:

    Cough! (audit) Cough Cough! (Zenu) Cough! (engrams) Cough Cough! (thetans) Hack! (gallactic empire)
    Sigh …

  10. Aiobhan says:

    I try not to judge people on their beliefs but…ughhhhh! I am either an agnostic on a good day or absolute atheist on my worst days. Anytime I find out that someone is interested/involved in Scientology I usually give them a side eye and wonder how in the hell so many people are apart of this group. Is the juice that tasty. But then again I wonder how anyone can be apart of any group/religion.

    Anywho. I wish her much success and found her comment amount Fred mature, honest, and slightly catty. I love it. If he had done to me what he did to her I would not be so kind.

    • Remote Control says:

      ITA! On all points.

    • L says:

      I tend to give her a slight pass as her parents are scientoligists, so she was raised that way.

      I tend to give those folks less of a side eye than say…Tom Cruise or Leah Remini

    • Beatrix says:

      No need to comment with the above comment already here 🙂

  11. Maya says:

    She looks nice with darker hair. And I like that she calls herself a feminist.

  12. valleymiss says:

    I thought what she said about her ex was really tacky and in poor taste. He’s never called her abnormal (which is essentially what she’s calling him) publicly. He’s never said anything about her publicly that I know of. Tacky ho. What else can you expect from a wackjob $cientologi$t? She believes ih Xenu and thetans and HE’s not normal? Wtf?

  13. Krill says:

    I DON’T give her a pass, just because she sounds cool and is a girly girl. She’s a Scientologist, and anyone in that cult is divorced from reality to some extent. I think all Scientologists, Elizabeth Moss included, do great impersonations of normal people.

    • Eve says:

      I only disagree with the last part of your comment. I don’t think scientologists do good impersonations of normal people — they seem anything but normal to me.

    • MB says:

      What a repugnant thing to say. Now it is suddenly OK to discriminate based solely on religion because its Scientology?

      I despise the church of scientology – I have done a heck of a lot of research on it and feel confident that David Miscavage (just like LRH before him) is a very dangerous person with blood on his hands but see no reason to judge members of the “church” for simply being members ESPECIALLY if they were born into it and thats all they know.
      It unacceptable to publically insult people because they are christian or muslim but its OK if they belong to a church because it is currently socially acceptable to do so? Thats just wrong.

      • Kimbob says:

        I think everyone is entitled to their opinion, but I can’t help but cringe when I hear someone is associated w/scientology.

        To me, because like you, I’ve researched them….it’s like I “instantly know” that whomever is being discussed as a scientologist…they are really not allowed to be an individual, and are definitely not encouraged to think and make decisions on their own. So, to me, I instantly lose interest in the person. It’s like they become a non-entity. I think this best explains why I feel the way I do about it. I’m just being honest…probably too damn honest, really.

  14. dorothy says:

    Way to hang tough.

  15. really says:

    I don’t think a Scientologist is in the position to determine who or what is normal.

  16. Maripily says:

    That was a rude and mean thing to say about her ex. Take the high road, and just don’t talk about him. Silence can be more powerful.

  17. Joyjoyjoy says:

    Their marriage was supposedly over and they had “filed” by the time Fred Armisen started hitting on a very young Abbey Elliott. Looks like Abbey didn’t stick around him too long though. Smart girl…

  18. Laura says:

    That was incredibly crappy of her to talk publicly about an ex like that. This made me dislike her a LOT

  19. Franny says:

    I just love her. I’m rewatching the first 4 seasons (again) in anticipation for the season premier!

    Isn’t it interesting that her ex’s name is Fred Armison and her co workers name is Fred Rumson? Just kind of funny…

  20. Cerulean says:

    That was very mean of her to say that about him. Maybe he’s a jerk or whatever but your a cult member so it’s a wash. Scientologists are nasty about non believers so who knows what her motivation is. Still, it was low and bitter.

  21. Sumodo1 says:

    Lizzie’s assessment of Fred’s “greatest impersonation” might cost her ex-husband a good table or two in Manhattan’s best restaurants soon. Doesn’t EVERYBODY love Peggy Olsen?

  22. Cinesnatch says:

    Have we seen a celebrity walk away from Scientology after a few years (or so) and said it just wasn’t for them and moved on?

    I don’t know how else to explain it, but I can buy someone being “normal” and a (short-term) Scientologist, doing an about face and leaving the religion. Or, do they all stay? (Or exit on bad terms?)

    But, until I do, it’s hard for me to see Moss as having a barometer for what’s normal. But, I’m holding out. I really like her Peggy and I’d like to think that has a lot to do with her. Or, well, maybe she’s just a really good actress.

  23. erika says:

    she is awesome. i waited on her in the store i work at. not pretentious at all!

  24. Jo 'Mama' Besser says:


  25. Kim says:

    Love Portlandia, love Mad Men but I thought they were the weirdest coupling ever.

  26. Onyx XV says:

    I remember being really surprised when she married Fred Armisen – and really un-surprised when the marriage ended so quickly – because I had always assumed he was gay (not that there’s anything wrong with that). I still think he is. Maybe that’s what she’s alluding to with the “impersonation” comment…

  27. The Original Mia says:

    Scientologist or not, she has ever right to call out her ex-husband who cheated on his wife of less than a year. She was nice compared to what I would have said to him & about him. He was in his late 30s when they married. If he didn’t have any more sense than to get involved with & marry someone of a religion different from his, then he was the fool. I like Elizabeth. Always have.

  28. divax says:

    She has a massive forehead – is that a Xenu trait?