Elisabeth Moss has retired as the beloved Peggy Olson on AMC’s Mad Men. Elisabeth has now accepted a new role as the title character in a Broadway production The Heidi Chronicles, a role she feels is not an easy one.
“It’s physically far more challenging than I thought it was, mentally far more challenging. I don’t know why I didn’t realize that. I’m like, ‘Wow. Ballsy move, Moss. You really took on something bigger than you’ve done before.’ But that’s what I want to do.”
Elisabeth Moss plays an art historian role, Heidi, who apparently is an emotional one. In a recent interview with the New York Times, Moss admits that crying on-stage is a favorite past-time of hers.
“I’m never happier than when I’m crying onstage. It’s super weird, and it’s what I love to do. Isn’t that strange?”
In her interview, Elisabeth Moss also admits to her troubles in Hollywood which are associated with her looks. According to the honest actress, her features automatically disqualify her for many roles that she would secretly enjoy playing. She goes on to explain that male actors in Hollywood do not have to the same beauty standards as women.
“I’ve never been the cheerleader. I’ve never been the girlfriend. We don’t talk about whether or not men can have it all. Because they can.”
Elisabeth has admitted to enjoying her portrayal of the character Heidi and seeing a lot of herself in the character.
“I love how insecure she is at the same time that she’s really strong and self-aware.”
The role is one that sort of fell into her lap when she met producer Jefferey Richards for drinks at a New York City restaurant. Richards offered her the role during their meeting, an offer to which Moss felt inclined to reject because she did not feel like she was good enough for the role. Elisabeth expressed that even after accepting the role, she still often felt incompetent because she did not attend theater school. Her Tony Award-winning director, Pam MacKinnon, completely disagreed with Moss’s insecurities.
“She’s incredibly intuitive, incredibly smart, and she is sort of an observer, even though she’s at the center of this rehearsal process.”
Though Elisabeth Moss is keen on denying her qualifications for the role of Heidi, she has been acting on stage since she was six-years-old. Her life-changing role reportedly occurred when she was a teenager playing Cherry Jones in The Heiress. Elisabeth Moss expressed that she knew then that she would acting as a career.