Elisabeth Moss tells Terry Gross about auditioning for the show Top of the Lake
[Jane Campion] is obviously a huge Mad Men fan and loves the show. Like, seriously, [she] is a total fanatic of the show, but she didn’t think I could play this role…. She loved me as Peggy, but couldn’t see me as Robin in Top of the Lake, and I totally understand that.
I didn’t know if I could see myself as that character, so it’s one of those things [where] Mad Men gets you in the room. It means the producers can see you in the project. It means that people know who you are, and the casting directors know who you are, but then you actually have to kind of go in and fight against it and prove that you can do something else.