- Elisabeth Moss recalled the moment Jon Hamm made her cry on the set of “Mad Men” season five.
- Moss cried during the emotional scene when her character leaves the company.
- He told Vanity Fair “None of that was in the script.”
“Mad Men” has been off the air since 2015, but the careers of its top stars continue to flourish, with Elizabeth Moss winning rave reviews for “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “The Invisible Man,” while Jon Hamm had roles in “Good Omens,” “Top Gun: Maverick,” and “Confess, Fletch.”
But Moss recently looked back on her time as Peggy Olson on the AMC series, recalling an emotional scene where Hamm actually made her cry. It happened in season five, episode 11, “The Other Woman”, when Peggy leaves Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce for another company, CGC.
Moss told Vanity Fair that her great dynamic with Hamm meant they put a little bit of themselves into the touching scene.
He said: “It felt very real. I have a very close relationship with Jon. There was kind of a mentor-protector relationship there, very big brother/little sister. And so it meant something to both of us when he did that scene.”
The actor went on to say that he didn’t need to fake crying because the emotions were already there.
He added: “This is real, actually, these are real tears, you know, we hate to break it to you, but we often fake it.
The star recalled the smallest details in the scene, explaining that Hamm improvised the moment when Don Draper kisses Peggy’s hand.
She said: “He held my hand and wouldn’t let go and then he kissed it. None of that was in the script, and he did it on my close-up. That’s just the real Jon – the veins in his head, I can here at that moment”.
It’s such an emotional scene because Peggy has grown so much since her early days as a downtrodden secretary working for Don, and they’ve learned from each other over the years. Moss even kept her dress from the stage as a memento because it meant so much to her.
The actor added: “The only costume I have from ‘Mad Men’, all seven seasons, 90-something episodes… They asked me what costume I wanted to keep and I said I wanted to keep it because of that scene. I don’t think it suits me anymore, but I do!”
Moss and Hamm’s “Mad Men” co-star January Jones, who played Betty Draper on the show, commented on the video on Instagram, saying, “Ohhh.. I didn’t get to hold a costume. I have to talk to the manager.” Slouch.