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Elisabeth Moss is best known for her tv roles on The West Wing and Mad Men.
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Moss plays Peggy Olsen, a secretary-turned-copywriter who demands equality with the show's dominant male characters. Moss has earned wide acclaim for her portrayal of Peggy, a character whom critics often describe as a cipher. "I like that they don't understand Peggy," she says. "That makes the performance more interesting." Mad Men,
has since completed its fourth season on AMC and won numerous Golden Globe and Emmy Awards. Moss has received two Emmy nominations for her performance.
In 2009, Moss married musician and Saturday Night Live comedian Fred Armisen. The two had met the year before, when Mad Men costar Jon Hamm hosted Saturday Night Live and Moss joined him for several skits. But after just eight months of marriage, Moss and Armisen split ways.
In addition to her work on Mad Men, Moss made her Broadway debut in the David Mamet play Speed-the-Plow in 2008. She followed that with an appearance on the big screen opposite Jonah Hill and Russell Brand in the 2010 comedy Get Him to the Greek.
Asked how she manages to stay sane in a business dominated by insanity, Moss talks about her lifelong faith in Scientology. "I feel it has given me a sanity and a stability that I am not sure that I would have necessarily had," she said. "It has taught me so much about the importance of communication. In my line of work I am often in very stressful situations, in which you would often get totally nervous or clam up—you know, going on stage in front of 2,000 people. It's an applied philosophy. And L. Ron Hubbard definitely believed, and as Scientologists we believe, that the arts inject the spirit of life into our culture."
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