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Elisabeth Moss Chats 'Mad Men' Season 6 with GQ: Peggy Stays in the Picture

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood June 25, 2012 at 2:59PM

"Mad Men" fans worried that Peggy Olson's exit from Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce signaled her bow from the show can now rest relatively easy. (Though really, would "Mad Men" let go of its MVP? Probably not.)

On her goodbye scene with Jon Hamm:

"I don't want to sound too precious about it, but it was very emotional for both of us, because regardless of anything, it's the closing of a chapter. But it was also fun. You get those scenes and you're lucky to have them. Definitely my favorite scene to play of the season, and definitely one of my favorite scenes ever on the show."

On Jared Harris suggesting that Peggy might be off the show:

"Well, you can draw your own conclusions from my movements in the world at some point. If I'm in L.A. shooting 'Mad Men,' then I guess they're not letting me go!... Honestly, the really cool thing that happened since Jared said that thing in the article, is that people have been really upset about Peggy leaving. Again, maybe it's me being naïve, but I didn't anticipate that. It's incredibly flattering! Like the worst thing that could happen is that nobody would care, you know?"

This article is related to: Mad Men, Television, TV News, Elisabeth Moss, AMC, Matthew Weiner

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.