Magazine article Variety

My First Time in Variety

Magazine article Variety

My First Time in Variety

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Dec. 8, 1993

'Gypsy" Television Review

Elisabeth Moss has racked up five Emmy nominations playing complex, careerdriven Peggy Olson on "Mad Men." But just as Peggy has transformed over the course of seven seasons, Moss, 31, has virtually grown up onscreen, thanks to roles like President Bartlet's daughter Zoey on "The West Wing." She credits her first Variety mention, at age 11 - as Baby Louise in HBO's 1993 adaptation of "Gypsy" - with setting her on her career path, whitney friedlander

What do you remember most about your role in "Gypsy"?

I look back on that as a sign in my career that I got the part of baby Louise. I was never baby June - I was always baby Louise. You can go even to "Mad Men" - I'm not Joan. I'm Peggy. It was a very good part for me to get, and it was very right for me. I liked that I got to play the more serious role. I liked that I had the more acting role.

What was this project like?

I was a huge fan of Bette Midler's, even at that age. I loved her and I loved her voice, so I was very scared to meet her. I remember it got tough because we had these strobe lights going, and at one point I got really tired. But, I was a kid getting to dress up in costumes and run around, and dance and sing with Bette Midler!

Were you friends with a lot of child actors back then? …

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