Is Elisabeth Moss Single? What To Know About The Star's Dating Life
Elisabeth Moss has had a pretty impressive career so far. First, she got her claim to fame playing Zoey Bartlet, the president's daughter on The West Wing. Then she played the incomparable Peggy Olson on Mad Men. And now, she's the leading lady of the show every single woman will be modeling her Halloween 2017 costume after: The Handmaid's Tale. (You know you won't be able to go to a Halloween party without seeing at least one handmaid. Blessed be the fruit.) But the star keeps her private life pretty private most of the time, so is Elisabeth Moss single or not? What's she like when she's not busy playing Offred, aka June, aka a member of one of the most badass female casts ever?
Oh, also, before we dive into this, you need to know that Moss has been nominated for an Emmy for her performance as Offred in The Handmaid's Tale (the eighth Emmy nomination of her career), Alexis Bledel (aka Rory Gilmore) already won an Emmy for her performance as Ofglen, Samira Wiley is nominated for her performance as Moira, and just about every aspect of The Handmaid's Tale has been nominated for an Emmy because the show is freaking amazing. If you haven't watched it, it's time to create another fake email address so you can have one more Hulu free trial, you scammer.
Anyway, as of right now, it looks like Moss has been single for two years following her breakup with cinematographer Adam Arkapaw. Here's what we know about the star's dating life.
1. Moss married Saturday Night Live actor/comedian Fred Armisen in 2009, but the marriage didn't last long.
Moss says the short-lived union was “traumatic” and that she's glad for it to be long over. Moss and Armisen first met when Jon Hamm hosted Saturday Night Live in 2008, peak Mad Men years. Moss stopped by to support her co-star, and that's when she met Armisen. They were married in 2009, a year after they met, but were only married for eight months before getting divorced. By 2010, they were done. Moss very openly says that Armisen was a horrible husband, and Armisen, oddly enough, agrees. In an interview with New York Magazine in 2014, just before the last half of the last season of Mad Men was set to air, Moss said of her relationship with Armisen,
Looking back, I feel like I was really young, and at the time I didn't think that I was that young. It was extremely traumatic and awful and horrible. At the same time, it turned out for the best. I'm glad that I'm not there. I'm glad that it didn't happen when I was 50. I'm glad I didn't have kids. And I got that out of the way. Hopefully. Like, that's probably not going to happen again.
She said in another interview,
One of the greatest things I heard someone say about him is, ‘He's so great doing impersonations. But the greatest impersonation he does is that of a normal person.' To me, that sums it up.
Armisen admitted he was a “terrible husband” in an interview with Howard Stern in Jan. of 2013. When asked if he thinks Moss hates him, he said, “I imagine so.” He continued, “I think I was a terrible husband, I think I'm a terrible boyfriend.” He went on to say that he gets “very caught up in the beginning” of relationships, but then loses interest with the whole idea of monogamy. Uh, maybe don't get married then? He added,
I want it all … fast. I want to be married, I want to live together … and then somewhere around a year or two years, I get freaked out. I freak out emotionally and then I actually feel like ‘Oh my God, who's this stranger in my house?'
Stern asked Armisen if he felt he was “entitled” to more women (he's not), and Armisen responded, “I don't want to admit that out loud to myself, but that probably is it.” Welp… glad you got out of that, Moss.
2. Moss dated Australian cinematographer Adam Arkapaw for a few years, but they reportedly broke up in 2015.
Arkapaw and Moss met when they were both working on Top Of The Lake, a Sundance series starring Moss, Nicole Kidman, and Game of Thrones‘ Gwendoline Christie. Arkapaw won an Emmy for his work on the show and has won one other Emmy for his work on HBO's True Detective. Their relationship first became public knowledge in 2012, but they broke up in 2015.
Now, Moss has said she feels like she's too good at being single. She told FemaleFirst.co.uk, “I almost feel like I've gotten too good at being on my own.” She continued,
I think that you get to a place where you don't really need a relationship. And I do think that is a good thing – it shouldn't be something you need. But, of course, I don't want to be alone my whole life.
3. There were some pretty strong rumors that she and Tom Hiddleston were seeing each other.
After starring in the 2016 thriller High-Rise together, rumors started floating around that Moss and Hiddleston had a fling going on. In a 2015 interview with MTV, Moss revealed that she thinks Hiddleston is good at literally everything he does, which only made people (and me) ship them even harder. She said, “It's like, come on, he's like so handsome, but then he's so nice. And then he's really professional. He's a good actor. It's annoying!” She added, “God forbid he not be good at something.”
The rumors of their being together stayed just as that, however. Neither Moss nor Hiddleston ever confirmed if they were ever a thing; it seems like they just are good pals who work well together.
You can catch Moss at the 2017 Emmy Awards this Sunday, Sept. 17, at 8 p.m. on CBS.
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