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Overview (3)

Born in Los Angeles, California, USA
Birth NameElisabeth Singleton Moss
Height 5' 3" (1.6 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Elisabeth Moss is an American actress. She is best known for the AMC series Mad Men (2007-2015), Hulu series The Handmaid's Tale (2017) and the film The One I Love (2014).

Initially, Moss had aspirations of becoming a professional dancer. In her adolescence, she traveled to New York City to study ballet at the School of American Ballet. Moss continued to study dance throughout her teenage years, but began obtaining acting roles as well.

Her first screen role was in 1990, when she appeared in the NBC miniseries Lucky Chances.

Moss also starred in Girl, Interrupted (1999), Listen Up Philip (2014), High-Rise (2015), Queen of Earth (2015) and The Square (2017).

She has won two Golden Globes, for BBC miniseries Top of the Lake and Hulu series The Handmaid's Tale.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Pedro Borges

Spouse (1)

Fred Armisen (25 October 2009 - 13 May 2011) ( divorced)

Trivia (7)

She graduated high school two years early.
Studied ballet with Suzanne Farrell at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
Mother is a musician and father manages jazz musicians.
Is a lifelong member of the Church of Scientology.
Her favorite character that she has played has been Robin Griffin in Top of the Lake (2013).
Nominated for the 2015 Best Actress in a Play Tony Award for her performance in "The Heidi Chronicles". She lost the award to Helen Mirren for her performance in "The Audience".
Nominated for the 2018 Emmy Award in the Lead Actress in a Drama Series category for her role as June Osborne in The Handmaid's Tale (2017), but lost to Claire Foy from The Crown (2016).

Personal Quotes (14)

To go from Girl, Interrupted (1999), where I had to cry every day, to a TV show like The West Wing (1999), where I get to laugh and joke around every day, has been a welcome relief.
The great thing about Pete and Peggy's storyline is that you barely have to do anything. There's so much there, so much history, that you can have them exchange a look and it's so loaded. So you honestly don't have to do anything.
Obviously, my life and my job in 2010 is very different from Peggy's experience in the 1960s. I exist in a world that enjoys more equality between men and women. But I don't take any of that into my performance. I just want to play the character as who she is as an individual - scene to scene.\
I've heard people say, 'I love how the characters never say what they're really thinking, and I love how things are so open-ended and you just never know what's going to happen.' Do you know what I mean? So it's an opinion, you know? I've heard very few, if any criticisms of the show, and I think that it obviously is working, whatever we're doing.
I think my guideline has been to find things that inspire me. And as long as I stick to that, I don't think I'll have any problems crossing over to becoming an adult actress.
I think every day there is some new actress who comes out and inspires me to do something else... like Hilary Swank. After she did Boys Don't Cry (1999), I felt this yearning to go out and be even half as good as she was.
I love working with male actors, and I think there's a tendency to write really interesting characters that would work solely alongside men where they would be in a man's world and have to deal with that, and it creates a lot of interesting storylines. For me, it's kind of circumstantial, but I definitely enjoy it.
I heard that people were really interested in the new haircut, which I think is so funny. Great haircut, I really like it. It goes great with the time period. And I was super, super, super-happy to have my bangs swept to the side rather than straight in front of me, which I dealt with for three seasons. I'm very, very much done with that.
I don't think any of us could have possibly anticipated how successful Mad Men (2007) has been. When we were working on the pilot, we loved it. We thought it was special. We hoped and prayed it'd be a success. But, we didn't count on it.
I don't feel I was ever a 'famous' child actor. I was just a working actor who happened to be a kid. I was never really in a hit show until I was a teenager with The West Wing (1999), playing "First Daughter Zoey Bartlet". In a way, that was my saving grace - not being a star on a hit show. It kept me working and kept me grounded.
There's nothing like getting yourself into character and seeing a different person. It really wears on your vanity.
It's a great dynamic. The dynamic between men and women in the workplace is really interesting.
I think one of my biggest influences is Bette Davis. I've seen almost every one of her films, and she's been very inspiring to me.
[observation, 2014] I feel like I've been working for a long time. And I feel like I'm in a place I'm proud to be in. We're doing projects I'm proud of, with people I like to work with.

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