Elisabeth Moss on Her Mad Men Meme: I'm Proud Peggy Walks Has Taken on a Life of Its Own

The Handmaid's Tale star said they never thought the moment would become so viral

By Chris Harnick Jun 07, 2019 1:57 PMTags
Watch: Elisabeth Moss Is Proud of "Peggy Walks In" Meme

Elisabeth Moss will live forever—or as long as the internet lives—all thanks to Mad Men. In the seventh season, Moss had an ultra-powerful strut through the halls as Peggy Olson. Smoking a cigarette while carrying a box of her things and an erotic piece of art, this Peggy scene has been GIFed, screenshot, made into icons, parodied and permeated the internet.

"Yeah, I think it's really cool," Moss told E! News about her new life as a meme and GIF.

"I mean, I never anticipated what it was going to become what it became. We certainly had no idea. I remember the day after the episode aired, that morning people were sending it and it became this meme, right? Is it a meme or a GIF?...I'm just to old for this s—t," Moss said while promoting the new season of The Handmaid's Tale.

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"It's definitely something that has taken on a life of its own that I feel slightly removed from, but I'm proud of," Moss added.


The Peggy walks moment has become a symbol of badassery, and now as the rebellious June in The Handmaid's Tale, Moss is known for playing these types of kick-butt women. Is that a point of pride?

"I do feel proud of that, but I think the thing I love about June as a heroine is that she's not a superhero and I think that's why people do find her inspiring and do find strength in her because her strengths are that of so many of us. She's a mother, she's a best friend, she's a wife, she's a woman, she's a human. And I think those are the things that people actually identify with. She doesn't have any special powers, she becomes, what I think we hope would become in that situation," Moss said.

The Handmaid's Tale season three drops new episodes on Hulu on Wednesdays.

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