Zap2it has a feature up on the most underrated television actors of 2007, and has singled out the women of Mad Men: Maggie Siff (Rachel), Elisabeth Moss (Peggy), Christina Hendricks (Joan), and January Jones (Betty).
If you trust the title of the show, AMC’s sterling original drama is about a group of Madison Avenue ad men, but as good as Jon Hamm, Vincent Kartheiser, John Slattery and the rest of the guys may be, we think the women deserve more credit. From Moss’ painful awkwardness, to Jones’ coiled repression to Siff’s conflicted caution to Hendricks’ put-on swagger, the show’s leading ladies all started as archetypes of ’50s femininity. By the end of the season, though, viewers saw all four women on the precipice and we suspect that when the show returns Don, Pete, Roger and the rest of the Mad Men won’t know what hit ’em.
I like the two-word sketch of each character. I’m not sure these women are actually underrated. Sure, Jon Hamm has two movies in the works (Boy in the Box, and Mania is reporting he’s in the remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still, although IMDb doesn’t have it yet), but of the four women, the only one who doesn’t have a current movie project is January Jones. So I think all of their careers are taking off. Rather, I think Zap2It just wanted another chance to praise Mad Men (which is okay by me).