What drew you to this project?
I loved the script, which sounds so obvious, but in a way, with these smaller films, the script is everything. There’s that thing—someone said this to me the other day—no one ever made a good movie out of a bad script. The script was really unusual, and the best thing I had read in a while. I could see what kind of film it would be. I always had been a huge fan of Jason, and I thought we’d make a really interesting couple. And Alex and I got along really well in our initial meeting.
“The focus of that was so much, for [writer and director] Jane [Campion] and I, that Robin’s search for Tui and her search for the truth of the Tui story was her quest in life,” Moss said. “She just had such a knack for finding the truth and knowing when somebody was lying, and I think that was something I took away from that: Trusting your instincts, trusting when you know that you haven’t gotten the truth, when you don’t know the full story, and trusting that feeling that you get when you know that someone’s not being honest with you and you just have that nagging feeling. And I think that Robin’s quest for that definitely taught me something.”
Can you give us an Instagram snapshot of your closet — even though it’s probably empty now?
At the moment it’s all in boxes. I have about 20 different personalities; I change what I wear all the time. Sometimes I want to be girlie, so I have tons of dresses; sometimes I’m just Rag & Bones and T-shirts. I run the gamut; my closet represents so many personalities.
Would you consider yourself a fashionista, then?
Ah … no, not at all. I’m a girlie-girl. I love shopping, I really love clothes, I have too many clothes, but I don’t consider myself a fashionista. I’m not up on all the latest trends. And I do wish I had time to go shopping and find all the red carpet things myself. I’d prefer to do that, but obviously you can only wear this stuff once so it’s not financially practical. And I’d say also any cool fashion sense I have comes through my stylist [Karla Welch]. She does all the public things.
Elisabeth Moss is set to join Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett in Truth, the film about the scandal that erupted after Dan Rather reported on 60 Minutes II that George W. Bush had gotten preferential treatment that put him in the Texas Air National Guard to avoid the Vietnam War draft. The ensuing scandal during Bush’s re-election campaign left Rather’s reputation in tatters and his key producer Mary Mapes fired.
15. Zoey Bartlet
Played By: Elisabeth Moss
Number of Episodes: 25
Lookit! It’s little Elisabeth Moss as the President’s kid daughter! This was the introduction for so many of us to a wonderful actress and Zoey was really the only Bartlet daughter that felt fully realized. In the early seasons she’s a vital little spark of energy who shows up from time to time—her romance with Charlie was adorable, her embarrassed eye-rolling at her dad helped humanize Bartlet, and at the same time we were constantly reminded what a precarious, tough thing it would be to be a college-aged daughter of the president. Sorkin made her the centerpiece of the explosive fourth-season finale where he basically engineered the most insane cliffhanger possible. It required Zoey to be a bit of a pain with her fancy French boyfriend, but Moss always made her relatable, even when the plot required otherwise. – DS
Signature Episode: Season one’s “Mr. Willis of Ohio,” where she is part of a mild altercation at a bar and her father has to remind her, in horrifying terms, of what a national crisis it would be if she was ever kidnapped.
Elisabeth Moss will star in a Broadway revival of Wendy Wasserstein’s “The Heidi Chronicles” this spring, just as “Mad Men,” the AMC series that made her famous, comes to a close.
Jason Biggs (“Orange is the New Black,” “American Pie”) and Bryce Pinkham, the Tony-nominated co-star of “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,” also will appear in the 1988 comedy. Pam MacKinnon, who won a Tony for her direction of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” and will helm this fall’s revival of “A Delicate Balance” starring Glenn Close, directs “Heidi,” which will also star Off Broadway regular Tracee Chimo (“Bad Jews,” “Orange is the New Black”).
One of the best-known plays penned by the late Wasserstein, “Heidi Chronicles” follows the title character from her 1960s high school days through her career as an art historian. It hasn’t appeared on Broadway since the initial 1989 transfer of the Off Broadway staging at Playwrights Horizons.
Exact dates and theater remain to set to “Heidi,” but previews will begin in February prior to a March opening. The limited engagement looks sure to be on the boards when “Mad Men,” which traditionally launches its seasons in April, finishes off the seven-episode run of the second half of its final season.
Downton Abbey star Michelle Dockery will join Mad Men star Elisabeth Moss in the film, which is being directed by Alex Ross Perry (Listen Up Philip).
Perry wrote and will direct the psychological thriller, which centers on two women (Moss and Dockery) who retreat to a beach house to get a break from the pressures of the outside world. Although they grew up as best friends, they soon realize how disconnected from each other they have become, allowing their suspicions to bleed into reality.
This fall, Gap wants you to “dress normal” (normcore, anyone?) with the release of its new ads starring Hollywood’s biggest names.
The campaign — which features taglines “dress like no one’s watching” and “let your actions speak louder than your clothes” — stars Anjelica Huston, Elisabeth Moss, Jena Malone, Zosia Mamet, Michael K. Williams and Luke Grimes posing in their, uh, normal-looking clothes doing everyday things like feeding seagulls on the beach or staring deeply into the fridge, as one does when late-night hunger strikes.
“Finding your own version of ‘dress normal’ is an art — my normal is different from your normal, and that’s the essence of the campaign,” said Gap global chief marketing officer Seth Farbman in a statement. “This fall, Gap celebrates dressing for yourself and finding those perfect items — a pair of jeans, a t-shirt — that make you feel confident to be your most authentic self.”
Because being weird is overrated, anyway.
JON HAMM: You’re coming off Top of the Lake (the Jane Campion miniseries), and you did two movies, The One I Love and Listen Up Philip, back-to-back, both of which showed at Sundance. You won a Golden Globe. Earlier in the year, I think my statement to you was, “You’re having a very good 2014 and it’s only February!”
ELISABETH MOSS: [Laughs] Yeah!
JH: Obviously Mad Men has been a long run, an eight-year journey, but as you develop characters for something new, do you feel the difference?
EM: 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.
JH: You shot The One I Love in how many days?
EM: Sixteen or 17. It was a completely different experience from Mad Men. We were sort of flying by the seat of our pants. But you don’t want to do the same thing on your hiatus.
JH: I thought The One I Love was incredibly good. There wasn’t a full script for it, right?
EM: No, there was a 50-page “script-ment” as they called it, which had the general structure, some scenes, and the last act .
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