The Moment

Maggie Siff on Strong Female TV Roles and Building a Craft

The actress talks about her process and the Mad Men audition that changed her life.

Maggie Siff
Actress Maggie Siff on Aug. 10, 2015, in Beverly Hills, California.

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This week on the Moment, Brian Koppelman talks to Maggie Siff, the actress best known for her roles in Mad Men, Sons of Anarchy, and the upcoming Showtime series Billions. Brian and Maggie reflect on the past year creating Billions together and how Maggie goes about preparing for her scenes on the show. Plus, Maggie talks about when she first fell in love with acting; why it’s important to her to play strong, smart women on TV; and how she originally intended to read for Peggy Olson during her first Mad Men audition.


Topics mentioned:

Mad Men
Sons of Anarchy
Mister Roberts
Being John Malkovich
NYU Tisch School of the Arts


People mentioned:

Maggie Siff
Matthew Weiner
Damian Lewis
Paul Giamatti
Malin Akerman
David Costabile
Kurt Sutter
Zelda Fichandler
Ron Van Lieu
Thomas Sadoski
Alan Taylor

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Podcast production by Jayson De Leon.