A character to respect
Moss says her character in is a dream role
ELISABETH Moss feels lucky that she gets to tell the story of Peggy Olson. The actress plays the ambitious secretary-turnedcopywriter on the popular series, Mad Men which returns to Movie Extra on April 12.
Moss is happy to portray the character – who symbolises the strength of women in the 1960s.
‘‘I think she represents what feminism is really about: equal opportunities, being respected and being heard. For Peggy, the term ‘glass ceiling’ didn’t exist,’’ she tells Stylist magazine.
‘‘She wasn’t necessarily aware of feminism. She wasn’t trying to make a stand. She just wanted to be respected and treated the same as everyone else because she has good ideas.
‘‘That’s something that women today still feel but they don’t want to make a big deal out of it. You just want to be able to have your ideas heard. I am thoroughly lucky that I get to tell that story because it’s an important story for all women today.’’
Moss, 29, is disappointed by the lack of advancements made in recent years.
‘‘In a lot of ways there has been some incredible improvement. But I don’t know that the objectification of women has gotten much better,’’ she says.
‘‘You could argue it has gotten a lot worse. At least in the ’60s women got a better sense of respect and decorum. Now I feel like it’s all gone out of the window.’’
Absence made the heart grow fonder, meanwhile, for Mad Men fans, who flocked to the fifth-season premiere in record numbers.
The show’s Sunday debut drew 3.5 million viewers, up 21 per cent over season four’s premiere.
The audience had been kept waiting for 17 months after Mad Men aired its fourth-season finale in October 2010.
The much-acclaimed drama is set in the advertising world of 1960s New York City.
It stars Jon Hamm as advertising executive Don Draper.
Thursdays from April 12, 8.30pm, Movie Extra.
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