Sunday, September 21, 2008

Future Oscar Winner

Elisabeth Moss had a major role on The West Wing, currently stars on Mad Men, and will soon star on Broadway in Speed The Plow.

Her major roles have featured her playing intelligent young women in stifling situations — first as the daughter of the President of the United States, and now as a young female copywriter in a male-dominated early-sixties ad agency. She uses her extraordinary face to convey a repressed rage against constraint that sears the screen. A recent Mad Men scene found her in suffering silence versus a predatory priest. Without speaking a word, she communicated a gripping range of emotions that explained exactly what her character was feeling. I was blown away.

She is beautiful, but not in a Charlize Theron kind of way. Moss has a unique, aquiline beauty, which lets her play anything from dowdy and tired, to stunningly vibrant.

I can't think of a better young American actress working today. When she gets the chance, she'll win an Oscar.

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