Elisabeth Singleton Moss, born July 24, 1982, is an American actor. She’s known for her roles as Zoey Bartlet, the youngest daughter of President Josiah Bartlet, on the NBC television series The West Wing and Peggy Olson, secretary tuned copywriter, on the AMC series Mad Men, which earned her six Emmy Award nominations and a Golden Globe nomination. Take a look below for 26 more interesting and awesome facts about Elisabeth Moss.
1. Moss was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of Ron and Linda Moss, both of whom were musicians.
2. She has one younger brother.
3. Moss was raised a Scientologist.
4. Initially, she had aspirations of becoming a professional dancer.
5. In her adolescence, she traveled to New York City to study ballet at the School of American Ballet, after which she studied with Suzanne Farrell at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
6. Moss continued to study dance throughout her teenage years, but began obtaining acting roles as well.
7. In order to manage her education and career, she began homeschooling, and graduated in 1999 at the age of 16.
8. Her first screen role was in 1990, when she appeared in the NBC miniseries Lucky/Chances.
9. From 1992 until 1995, Moss appeared as Cynthia Parks in seven episodes of the television series Picket Fences.
10. She provided the voice of Holly DeCarlo, a main character in the television special Frosty Returns and of Michelle in the animated movie Once Upon a Forest.
11. She appeared in the television remake of the 1993 movie Gypsy and played Harvey Keitel’s younger daughter in the movie Imaginary Crimes.
12. In 1999, Moss portrayed the recurring role of Zoey Bartlet in the White House television drama The West Wing, playing the daughter of Martin Sheen and Stockard Channing.
13. In 1999, she had a supporting role as a patient in a mental institution in James Mangold’s Girl, Interrupted, opposite Winona Ryder and Angelina Jolie, and a minor part in the drama Anywhere But Here.
14. In 2004, she made the movie Virgin, for which she was nominated for a 2004 Independent Spirit Award.
15. She had a supporting role in the 2005 to 2006 horror series Invasion, and appeared in television again on a 2007 episode of Grey’s Anatomy titled “My Favorite Mistake.”
16. While a series regular on Mad Men, Moss made her Broadway debut in October 2008, playing the role of Karen in the 20th Anniversary revival of Speed-the-Plow by David Mamet.
17. Her West End debut was as Martha Dobie in Lillian Hellman’s play The Children’s Hour, which opened at The Comedy Theater, London on January 22, 2011.
18. In 2012, she was cast as Galatea Dunkel in the independent drama On the Road, based on the Jack Kerouac novel of the same name.
19. In September 2014, it was announced that Moss would star on Broadway as Heidi Holland in The Heidi Chronicles.
20. After production on Mad Men had wrapped up, Moss collaborated again with Alex Ross Perry, starring in Queen of Earth, a psychological thriller opposite Katherine Waterston and Patrick Fugit, in which she plays a mentally unstable woman who unravels at a vacation home in the company of her close friends.
21. She appeared in the Chuck Wepner biopic Chuck, opposite Liev Schreiber.
22. In 2017, Moss began playing Offred in the Hulu series The Handmaid’s Tale, for which she received critical acclaim and a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.
23. After she met Fred Armisen in October 2008, they became engaged in January 2009, and married on October 25, 2009, in Long Island City, New York. They Separated in June 2010, and in September 2010, Moss filed for divorce.
24. Being half British on her father’s side, Moss also holds citizenship in the United Kingdom.
25. Moss practices Scientology and identifies as a feminist. In response to a fan who questioned whether her role in the Hulu series The Handmaid’s Tale made her think about her involvement with the Church of Scientology, Moss took the opportunity to defend her beliefs on Instagram.
26. In 2017, she appeared in Mad to Be Normal, a biopic about the Scottish psychiatrist R.D. Laing.