When the show returns for the first half of its seventh and final season on April 13, it will be as much Peggy’s story as Don’s.
Jon Hamm and Amy Poehler threw a post-Emmys party for losers last night, and they raise $30,000 for a worldwide orphans charity in the process.
I missed this in September, but it is worth bringing to your attention. These two? Awesomesauce.
Elisabeth Moss on Mad Men’s Sixth Season, Why Ted Was the Right Man for Peggy, and the Name of Peggy’s Cat
I was surprised when Peggy became attracted to Ted—who is almost like the fun-house-mirror version of Don, with whom Peggy is so disgusted. What is your understanding of Peggy’s attraction to Ted?
Yeah, he’s kind of the good version of Don. He’s got some of Don’s good qualities and not some of the bad. I think in a way, he’s the perfect match for Peggy in that he is smart and ambitious. He’s creative and has the same optimism that she has—in fact, he may be more positive than she is. Except that he’s married! [Laughs.] In another world, they would be perfect together and be this incredible husband-and-wife advertising team. But life never quite goes the way that you want it to. I would actually say that he is the right one for her. It’s just not the right time.
It seems like you and Jon Hamm have both had a lot of fun this season expressing disgust, especially directed at Jon’s character. The scene where Peggy calls Don a monster, in particular, was electric. Can you discuss filming that exchange?
Thanks for saying that! That was one of those scenes that, when I read it, I was like, “Yes! Awesome!”
What are some other scenes that have given you that reaction?
My personal favorite was, I think, in the cola factory when they get the cola pitch. Or whipped cream, or something. And Peggy gets into the fight with Don, and she tells him to shut up. Do you remember that?
I do—in Season Four or Five.
That’s, like, one of my favorite Peggy scenes of all time. Because after putting up with so much shit from him—whenever she gets to say things to him like, “You’re a monster” or “Shut up,” and put him in his place, it’s very gratifying to me as an actress. So I loved that scene. And I loved the idea that after everything Peggy has gone through with Don, and all of the fights she’s had with Don, and they’ve had some good ones, and even after having money thrown in her face and leaving the company, I think it truly is even more hurtful that he would take away her idea and say it was someone else’s idea. That is, I think, above everything else—especially because she worked on the pitch with the man that she loves—the fact that [Don] will not let her have that happiness is so incredibly hurtful.
Even after everything that Don has done to make [viewers] think he is a monster, she has been so understanding of him and she’s been so forgiving and has still been his friend despite knowing his flaws—I just love the idea that this is too far. This is what makes her a monster in her eyes.
“At least, the actors who play these cads are decent guys. Olson was particularly fond of Rahm, who plays Ted, saying that he had no trouble fitting in with the “Mad Men” cast who are known to be very tight.
“It’s hard to enter into a show that’s been going for five, six years, and you’re the new guy,” she says. “We got along great from the beginning, and now he’s one of my closest friends.””
New article featuring Elisabeth Moss on Ted/Peggy, Don Draper’s redemption, and working with Kevin Rahm.