Lizzie Moss is a national treasure. Some of you discovered her on Mad Men , on which she did a stunning seven seasons as the quietly ambitious Peggy Olson, who enters the advertising world as a mouse and emerges as a power player. Maybe you loved her even earlier, since The West Wing or even Girl, Interrupted. Maybe you saw The Heidi Chronicles on Broadway and melted into a puddle of bliss when she delivered a ten-minute monologue like it was as easy as a haiku. Maybe you just like that she's one of the few celebrities who look like they're genuinely smiling on a red carpet, emanating gratitude and good humor. Or maybe you've been lucky enough to cross her path and find out she's just as funny and warm as she is talented and driven.
We've felt all these things and more, as her longtime super-fans turned friends (yes, friends!). We admire her flair for choosing powerful, complex roles that make her impossible to pigeonhole. And we personally admire her ability to rock a jean short and put away more sushi than we thought was humanly possible. Her answers to our Lenny questionnaire have us falling in love all over again. Lizzie Moss and Lenny, still crazy after all these years.
Lenny: What's your first memory of your mother?
Elisabeth Moss: Probably out in the yard at our first house in the valley in L.A. She used to let me water the grass. Which really was just me standing in one place watering the dirt. But I had a very active imagination when I was little, guess I still do, and she was always so supportive, even then. Whatever I wanted to make-believe, she went right along with me. If I wanted to pretend I had a horse, fantastic. If I wanted to plant an imaginary garden in the yard, then so be it. Once, one of our goldfish died (they all did and quite quickly), and she let my brother and me have a funeral in the backyard and bury it. I believe I even wrote a poem to read at the ceremony. It was all taken with the utmost seriousness.
L: Which of your body parts do you feel the most affection for?
EM: I always feel like favorite-body-part questions make me sound egotistical, like, Oh, this part of my body is amazing. But in reality, it's really just that I'm picking the ones that I like amongst the many that I don't, ha-ha. So I would say my calves, 'cause they are the only muscles I have left over from my ballet days. For some blessed reason, they haven't gone away yet, even though everything else did like ten years ago.
And my eyes. They are a nice color, and they allow me to do what I love to do, which is act. OK, have to stop, because those two answers alone made me hate myself.
L: When did you overcome the patriarchy this week?
EM: I went to the Glamour Women of the Year Awards recently. It's my third time going, and it is always an incredibly inspiring event. It's awesome to see people getting awards for actually accomplishing something meaningful instead of just acting on a TV show. I love and respect what I do, but it's important to value and reward people doing what I consider to be bigger work. So that event was moment after moment of women overcoming patriarchy in their various fields.