Elisabeth Moss talks to Terry Gross about Peggy Olson's position as Mad Men's ingenu:
Matt [Weiner] talks about the fact that I was sort of the ingenue of the show. You know, [he] had her gain 40 pounds in the first season, and that’s very Mad Men: to take something that … is possibly the norm and possibly been done before, and turn it completely on its head. And, you know, I didn’t get into this business to be a model or to show off pretty clothes or to have my hair look nice. I love acting and I love playing characters.
I wore that ponytail pretty much for two seasons straight, with those bangs. And I remember at the time being kind of like, ‘Oh god, the ponytail! The ponytail! I wish I could do something different.’ Now I look back, and I think it’s so brilliant. It’s so Peggy, and that look is so iconic, and it’s exactly how she should have looked.