Moss Appeal

by Whitney Spaner / photo by Jacqueline Di Milia

"I work with a lot of guys on the show, so I'm used to being the only girl," says actress Elisabeth Moss of playing Peggy Olsen, the secretary-turned-copywriter on the hit series Mad Men, which chronicles the chauvinistic Advertising Age of the '60s. While Season 2 of the Emmy-winning drama is heating up, Moss, who's much prettier without the severe bangs and bullet bra she sports as Peggy, has joined another sort of boys club. She's now appearing on Broadway in the revival of David Mamet's 1988 play Speed the Plow. Moss plays Karen (the role first created by Madonna), an appealingly naïve secretary stuck between two high-rolling Hollywood producers, played by Jeremy Piven and Raoul Esparza.

Despite the fact that she's been in the business since she was 6 years old, Moss still feels slightly beguiled by the sight of her "freaking face" on an East Village city bus. Moss, who grew up in L.A., says she's been drawn to acting her whole life. "It was just something that really fit for me even at a young age, and I don't feel any different now." Dedication to craft is a good match for a David Mamet play. "For five months we're going to be doing the show. And it's David Mamet ... You don't not do David Mamet."

Styling by Meagan Camp * Hair by Albert Vasquez for Bumble and bumble * Makeup by Scott McMahan for Warren-Tricomi Management * Photo Assistant: Russell Smith

Elisabeth wears a dress by Julian Louie

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