Elisabeth Moss Describes Her Final Day on the Set of ‘Mad Men’

Gotham Magazine Celebrates September Cover Star Elisabeth Moss At Tender Restaurant

Elisabeth Moss. (Getty Images for Gotham magazine)

“There’s a lot to watch, a lot to see, and however you watch it is fine by me,” says accidental poet Elisabeth Moss, probably better known for her role as Peggy Olsen on Mad Men or her new film The One I Love. We were discussing this “Golden Age” of television we’re living in, at an event held at Tender Restaurant by Gotham Magazine to commemorate Ms. Moss’ cover story.

Mad Men, of course, is set to conclude for good with the second half of it’s seventh season premiering…sometime. No one’s really sure, but Ms. Moss and the rest of the cast wrapped their final scenes months ago.

“Tears. Lots of tears from everybody,” Ms. Moss said, describing her last day on the Mad Men set. “And just so epic. It was just an epic day of everyone really saying goodbye in this very cathartic way. We all knew that it was coming, and we can’t ask for a better run than we’ve had.”

Battling through the image of Jon Hamm bawling his eyes out, I ask how Ms. Moss can say goodbye to a show that’s been so culturally relevant for the last seven years.

Well, you cry. Then you do your last scene,” Ms. Moss said. “For me, I went on and did [The One I Love] pretty quickly and that really helped. It helped me to be able to just move on. It’s like when you break up with somebody, it’s like a rebound. I still don’t think [the show ending] will ever be something I’ll be happy about necessarily, though. I’ll always miss it.”

But there is still that second half of season seven to go, however, and that means another go-around with Emmy season next year. The show, notorious in its win to loss ratio for the most part, is usually more prominent on “snub” lists the night after the Emmys. I first needed to clarify the meaning of the word snub to Ms. Moss (which means she wasn’t following our Emmy coverage Elisabeth how could you). After she got the gist of it, she saw it as more of a compliment than an affront.

“Its kind of like, how can you really complain? I think it’s nice that people think you deserve anything,” Ms. Moss told me. “So if people think that you were snubbed, it’s like, oh that’s nice that they think I should have gotten something — that they thought I deserved to have anything at all.”

Elisabeth Moss Describes Her Final Day on the Set of ‘Mad Men’