ELIS­A­BETH MOSS

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The five-time Emmy Award nom­i­nee, 32, says good­bye to her char­ac­ter, Peggy Olson, when AMC’s hit se­ries Mad Men be­gins air­ing its fi­nal episodes tonight. (For an in­ter­view with show cre­ator Matthew Weiner, see page 4.) Has Peggy evolved over the sea­sons? “So much. A lot of it is by virtue of her age, go­ing from 20 to 30. She wasn’t a fully formed per­son when we started, and now she’s be­come the per­son she’ll prob­a­bly be for much the rest of her life.”

What les­son did you learn from your time

on Mad Men ? “Fol­low your heart and trust your in­stincts. You don’t know what’s go­ing to work; you don’t know what peo­ple are go­ing to re­spond to. You just have to do what you like and what you think you would

watch.”

What do you miss the most now

that you’ve fin­ished film­ing? “The char­ac­ter of Peggy. I still see [the other ac­tors]. They will al­ways be in my life. But the char­ac­ter will never be in my life again, so I think that not get­ting to play her any­more is what I

miss the most.” You fol­lowed up

Mad Men with a turn on Broad­way in The Heidi Chron­i­cles . Why theater? “I think theater is a dis­ci­pline, like run­ning a marathon, men­tally and phys­i­cally—and marathons make you stronger. It helps

to push you as an ac­tor.”

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