“Mad Men” star Elisabeth Moss has finally answered an interviewer’s questions about a subject she’s never talked about publicly – her short-lived marriage to “Saturday Night Live” funnyman Fred Armisen.
In a new interview, Moss, now 29, is unusually candid (well, candid for a celebrity in an interview setting) about her ex-husband, 45, who she married in October 2009 and then split from eight months later (although the divorce wasn’t finalized until May 2011). Among other revelations, the two are not on speaking terms, says Moss in an interview published Thursday in a supplement to the New York Post (you can read the story here).
“Oh, God, no,” she answered when asked if she and Armisen keep in touch.
“It’s so hard to talk about,” she said of her marriage. Then she quoted someone else’s assessment of Armisen and endorsed it wholeheartedly. “One of the greatest things I heard someone say about him is, ‘He’s so great at doing impersonations. But the greatest impersonation he does is that of a normal person’,” she told the Post interviewer. “To me, that sums it up.”
Then she indicated that she’d probably said enough about that subject. “And I think that’s … that’s it,” she’s quoted as saying. “I’ve never told anyone that. And I don’t want to waste any more of my life talking about it.” She did not reveal the specific reason or reasons why the two split up.
For his part, Armisen isn’t quoted anywhere in the story. And to our knowledge, he hasn’t talked publicly about his marriage to Moss, even in last January’s in-depth feature story about his show, “Portlandia,” in The New Yorker.
As for “Mad Men,” which starts its long-awaited new season March 25 on AMC, Moss didn’t reveal anything about what happens to her character, Peggy Olson, except for this: “I am ecstatic with what happens this season. I think the audience is going to be surprised. For me, it was very meaningful with what happens to Peggy.”
Interestingly, at least to us, she and Fred are employed by the same company — AMC Networks Inc. — which owns IFC (where “Portlandia” airs) and AMC, the home of “Mad Men.”