Elisabeth Moss on Cracking Up, Sexism, and the Peggy Strut

“From the very beginning, it was very much my intention to have Peggy be an everywoman, to be identifiable. There were circumstances that were very much of the time, but I wanted to react to them, to play them, as if they were happening to me now. And the fact that she is so identifiable for women today is really interesting. There may not be as much blatant sexual harassment, because there are laws against it now, but women still feel as if they’re in a man’s world. They have to work a little bit harder, take a little more care in how they present themselves. That’s something I’m not sure will go away anytime soon. I had no intention of playing her as a ‘1960s woman’ or a caricature of a secretary. I just wanted to play her as a girl in her twenties.”

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