Elisabeth Moss: ‘Not everyone I’ve worked with has been a f—ing angel’

Elisabeth Moss

Elisabeth Moss covers the September issue of Gotham magazine. She’s wearing a slate overcoat by Jason Wu on the cover, and you can see the coat in the editorial too. She also wears a gorgeous Dior suit and some Burberry Prorsum pieces. Elisabeth looks beautiful and moody in this shoot. The styling is bold and much more adventurous than most shoots we see of her.

Elisabeth is promoting her new indie flick, The One I Love (a script-less movie), like crazy. She’s been doing the rounds, and I’m still scratching my head over her dry-cleaned pajamas. This Gotham interview was conducted by Lizzie’s Mad Men co-star (and good friend), Jon Hamm. Their rapport is interesting, but I’m only including Elisabeth’s answers here. Let’s get to it:

Moving on from Peggy Olsen to new characters: “It’s a lot scarier. We’ve had so much time to live with the characters on Mad Men. We’ve grown and changed with them.”

The One I Love had no script? “No, there was a 50-page ‘script-ment’ as they called it, which had the general structure, some scenes, and the last act. We would shoot 15 pages a day and a lot of that would be improv. You kind of took it scene by scene.”

Born in LA, she considers herself a New Yorker: “I’ve lived there off and on for 12 years now. I have always lived in the East Village. I don’t know why. Originally it was the cheaper apartments and I just stayed. It’s where I know where everything is. That’s my neighborhood. The Bowery Hotel has always been my place; I lived there for a couple of months. Gemma is my favorite restaurant. Fourth Street has a great bar that I used to spend way too much time in. I like it down there, although I’m thinking of moving elsewhere.”

Her favorite part of NYC: “I love going to the theater. I can’t get over that feeling when you’re walking down a street in the 40s, with rows of theaters on either side. It’s 7:30 pm and you’re going to see a play, and so many people are also going to go see plays, which I think is so cool. There’s an excitement and there’s buzz. It brings me back to when I’ve done Broadway and makes me wish I were backstage in my dressing room getting ready. You can go to beautiful places, neighborhoods, and parks in many different states and countries, but there’s nothing like the theater district for me.”

What makes her happiest? “I don’t know if this is the best answer, but working really makes me happy. I have been lucky to work with really great people. I haven’t had many scarring experiences at work. I’ve had hard times; that’s for sure. Not everyone I’ve worked with has been a f—ing angel, but I am happiest when I’m at work. I know what I’m doing. Regardless of what else is happening in my life, I can go to work and things are okay.”

Who does she want to work with? “I think as far as actors, my girl crush is Marion Cotillard. She would definitely top my list. As for filmmakers, I would kill to work with the Coen Brothers. And Spike Jonze. And then there are your big guns, whom everyone would like to work with, like Scorsese and Baz Luhrmann.”

Who would she invite to dinner? “Charlie Chaplin, because I love his work. But also because you never got to hear him talk much. I would also say Edward Hopper [the painter]. Marion Cotillard, to add some beauty to the dinner. And you.”

[From Gotham]

Ooh, I wish there was more of a mystery about who Elisabeth was talking about on the “actors who are not fun to work with” question. She must have been talking about Jeremy Piven. He famously dropped out of Speed the Plow on Broadway with “mercury poisoning.” That caused his fellow cast members, including Elisabeth, a lot of grief. Lizzie later spoke of the situation by calling Piven “highly unprofessional.” She also ran into him at the Globes when he was supposedly sick. Piven’s story was incredibly fishy. I wonder if Lizzie was thinking about any other co-workers as well. Hmm.

It’s weird how Elisabeth mentions her love of alcohol in this interview. A lot of you picked up on that with her Us 25 things list. Scientologists are allowed to drink, but they’re not supposed to drink within 24 hours of auditing sessions. Lizzie is 2nd generation CO$, so she’s been in it for life. A lot of celebrity members pick and choose what to follow, so I guess Elisabeth disregards the drinking rules. If I was stuck with Xenu, I’d break the rules and drink too.

Elisabeth Moss

Elisabeth Moss

Photos courtesy of Gotham

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  1. Lulu says:

    She looks amazing in that suit!
    But really disliking the Xenu aspect of her persona even though if you wouldnt know there was no way you would guess the connection to cos

  2. Sea Dragon says:

    The more I learn about this woman, the more affection I have for her.

  3. Lucy2 says:

    Interesting photo shoot, I like the cover.
    I imagine she’s talking about Piven also.

    • lana86 says:

      very cute on the cover! But the rest are odd. On the cover her hair looks like some diagonal bangs, which looks good. On the rest, with bare forehead, it’s unflattering.

  4. kaligula says:

    What I’d give to know the details behind that comment! Does anyone know if she’s related to Jodie Foster? I am almost certain they share some of the same genes….

  5. Talie says:

    Remember how she and Hamm had all those rumors and they just disappeared?

  6. Eleonor says:

    I like her, and I think she really is one of the few talented young actresses out there.

  7. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    I must go to the theatre wrong. I find it nothing like she describes. It’s crazy crowded, there’s garbage flying around that wind tunnel of a street, you can never get a cab, the play was almost never anything worth the price of the ticket, nobody dresses up anymore, just a mob of tourists. Either she’s romanticizing it, or I’m having bad experiences. I go to NY once or twice a year with girlfriends and they always want to go to a play, in case you wonder why I even go.

    • Chris says:

      I walk through Times Square everyday on my way to work and every morning I ask myself the same question “why in God’s name would anyone choose to be here?” It’s just a mess with tour bus operators, people dressed in “Mickey Mouse” costumes, and fowl stenches. Just my two cents: if you are visiting NYC, avoid Times Square like the plague.

    • RedTeamLiesel says:

      If it helps, GNAT, when I went to NYC with my mum and my brother, we dressed up to go to the theater. It was something of a rude awakening, though, as we were the only ones dressed up and not throwing candy wrappers on the floor…
      EDIT: to clarify, if it helps to know you are not alone, lol!

  8. Chris says:

    She looks like Alan Cumming in the second photo.

  9. Kali says:

    I love the styling of her in this shoot! That photo of her with the red sheer dress and the gray coat is just stunning.

  10. AllyM says:

    I could see her in a Coen Brothers movie, hope it happens. We share the same girl crush. 🙂

  11. eliza says:

    I like her to a degree and enjoy her on MM. I loved Top of the Lake. I just cannot get past her being a Scientologist. She may be a good actress and a nice woman but there is something off in all Scientologist because if there wasn’t they would not be a part of that mess.

    • Lee says:

      I’m also having trouble getting past the Xenu. It kind of spoiled her MM character for me, since every time I see her onscreen I remember it, and it pulls me out of the story. Too bad. There is no rehabilitating the image of Xenu. Whackadoodle and dangerous at the same time.

    • bettyrose says:

      Yep. I want to love her. I’ve loved all her roles. I like her look and that she has more of an unconventional attractiveness. But the xenu thing is hard to overlook. It’s not just a bizarre cult, it’s a bigoted cult that might actually enslave certain members. It’s definitely involved in harrassment and intimidation, as well as extortion, so it’s not like we’re just confused about her religious preferences.

  12. Mixtape says:

    I was just assuming she was talking about January Jones. Even the child actors on that show have said JJ is hard to work with.

    • Jayna says:

      One of the stars from Mad Men was on Andy Cohen’s Watch What Happens Live and said January was sweet and liked working with her. I think it was Elisabeth that said it, but I’m not positive. She’s been on WWHl several times because she’s a huge Real Housewives fan,

    • Francis says:

      I think some assume January is like Betty. The kid basically was said to be talking about January in character as Betty being scary. I think the actor who played Roger on Mad Men explained it in a interview.
      Every time I’ve seen her interviewed she seems rather sweet.

  13. Georganna says:

    worst ‘former ballerina’ and ‘why is she even in show business, I guess it’s because her MOTHER plays a harmonica’ please stop and go away unless you are going to ACT and do some characters. Otherwise, give that giant head a rest. We have seen ENOUGH!

  14. Georganna says:

    I understand coming from a ‘performing’ family. Forced into ballet at a young age (no doubt to TRY and salvage the image and make her more ‘dainty’ and ladylike. DID NOT WORK. She is not feminine, dainty or talented. Her mother is a famous musician (harmonica haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa. EVERY PERSON IN my family is a ‘famous’ harmonica player…it doesn’t translate to your unattractive manlike daughter…nice try mom…. she should try something out of the limelight, this is PAINFUL!!

  15. Francis says:

    Does anyone know what happened with the marriage and quick divorce between Elizabeth and the comedian from Saturday Night Live. They were married and then suddenly they weren’t.
    She was outta that marriage so fast, I always wondered what happened?

  16. 'P'enny says:

    “Scientologists are allowed to drink, but they’re not supposed to drink within 24 hours of auditing sessions”

    Seriously???? you couldn’t make this stuff up if you were tripping on a pink marshmallows on the moon, after taking acid and sipping peppermint tea with vodka.

  17. MyCatLoves TV says:

    She will always be President Bartlett’s youngest daughter, Zoey, to me.