Elisabeth Moss: 'We Don't Talk About Whether Men Can Have It All'


Elisabeth Moss is starring as art historian Heidi Holland in a revival of the The Heidi Chronicles on Broadway. The play tells Holland’s story through several eras, from the ’60s through the ’80s, and it also takes on the tiresome idea of women “having it all.”

Because much of the play tackles this notion, Moss addressed it in a feature for The New York Times, which writes:

She noted, just a little acidly, that “we don’t talk about whether or not men can have it all. Because they can.” To take one example, unconventional looks don’t bar men from romantic roles, but because she doesn’t quite fit the mold of what Hollywood considers gorgeous, there are parts she simply isn’t seen for.
“I’ve never been the cheerleader,” she said. “I’ve never been the girlfriend.” Maybe as a consequence, the roles she lands are richer and more layered than those that demand cartwheels.

There’s also a part in the story where Moss references her ex-husband Fred Armisen, who once called himself a “terrible husband”:

She wouldn’t speak with much specificity, but said that if she knew why women make appalling choices in their personal lives: “I would be a billionaire. I would write it down, and I would sell it.”

And I would read it.

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