A char­ac­ter to re­spect

Moss says her char­ac­ter in is a dream role

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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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