Elisabeth Moss on Peggy Olson’s Epic ‘Mad Men’ Scene: ‘It Was Not Cool At All!’
Moss appeared on Late Night with Seth Meyers last night where she discussed Mad Men’s series finale, Peggy’s last conversation with Don Draper (Jon Hamm), and her badass hallway scene before it all came to an end.
Oh, that amazing scene in which we see a hungover Peggy strutting into McCann Erickson on her first day, donning shades, a cigarette dangling from her lips, and a huge smirk on her face like a total boss. She’s carrying her box of things and Bert Cooper’s old pornographic painting, which was gifted to her by Roger Sterling the night before as they bid adieu to their old office by dancing around and, of course, drinking.
But in real life, carrying a heavy box with a painting under your arm and a cigarette between your lips is actually quite difficult.
Moss told Meyers with a laugh,
No, no. It was not cool at all. I was like holding this box and everything on Mad Men is super real, so they made the box really heavy. I was like, ‘I can act that,’ but no, so it was really heavy. And the painting was kind of awkward and kind of large and they wanted me to hold it so you could see it in certain shots and then the cigarette is actually really difficult to do.
James Dean makes it look super cool and easy, but it’s actually really hard to hold a cigarette in your mouth and walk and then the sunglasses…I was just trying to look cool, trying not to drop the painting, trying not to bump into the walls.
As for what song she requested to be played as the scene unfolded, Moss said, “‘Staying Alive,’ obviously. What else! I’m walking down a hallway. What else would I listen to!”
On Peggy’s last scene with Don, Moss explained how her and Hamm filmed their phone conversation with him in Big Sur, crying, and her at home in bed with her naughty cats.
See what Moss has to say about their last scene and the rest of her sweet interview in the video above!