Elisabeth Moss: Acting is 'very strange'

10 March 2014 / 2 years 7 months ago

Elisabeth Moss thinks acting is like stripping.

The 'Mad Men' star believes her profession is "very strange" and thinks being paid to "pretend" to be someone else is very unlike most other professions.

She said: "Acting is not stupid, but it's a very strange profession, honestly. My job is to get up, and get dressed in someone else's clothes, and go and pretend that I'm someone else. Who does that? Nobody does that. Strippers and actors do that."

The 31-year-old actress - who is best known for playing Peggy Olsen in the advertising drama - admitted she never hangs on to her character and finds it easy to leave her work behind at the end of the day.

She admitted in an interview with New York magazine: "I'm the worst. I barely hang on to it while we're filming. I am totally that person that they yell 'Cut' and I'm making jokes and doing stupid stuff. It's fake to me to be any other way."

Elisabeth married 'Saturday Night Live' star Fred Armisen in October 2009 and they split just eight months later, and though she admits their relationship and subsequent divorce was "awful and horrible", she is pleased she went through the ordeal when she did.

She said: "Looking back, I feel like I was really young, and at the time I didn't think that I was that young.

"It was extremely traumatic and awful and horrible. At the same time, it turned out for the best. I'm glad that I'm not there.

"I'm glad that it didn't happen when I was 50. I'm glad I didn't have kids. And I got that out of the way. Hopefully. Like, that's probably not going to happen again."

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