Elisabeth Moss says her marriage to ex-husband Fred Armisen of "SNL" fame was "extremely traumatic and awful and horrible," in comments made more than three years after their split.
The 31-year-old actress made her remarks in an interview with New York Magazine's Vulture website (warning: Contains explicit images) that was posted online on March 9, just shy of a month before the April 13 premiere of season 7 of AMC's "Mad Men," in which she plays Peggy Olsen.
She and Armisen, now 47, wed in October 2009 and split after eight months. Moss filed for divorce in September 2010. it was finalized in May 2011. This marked the first marriage for the "Mad Men" actress and the second for Armisen, a former "SNL" cast member who is now known as an actor on "Portlandia" and as the bandleader of fellow "SNL" alum Seth Meyer's NBC show "Late Night."
"Looking back, I feel like I was really young and at the time I didn't think that I was that young," Moss told Vulture. " 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."
In 2012, Moss was quoted as telling the New York Post's Page Six magazine that Armisen's "greatest impersonation" was that of "a normal person."
Fred Armisen: "I think I was a terrible husband"
In January 2013, Armisen talked about his failed marriages on the X-rated and notably candid "Howard Stern Show" on Sirius XM satellite radio.
"I think I was a terrible husband," he said. "I think I'm a terrible boyfriend. That's the one area in my life that I can't ... actually, little by little, I'm sort of learning to fix that. I'm not settled in on being a bad boyfriend but I think I get very caught up in the beginning ... I want it all, fast. I want to be married."
"Somewhere around like a year, two years, I get freaked out," he said. "Freaked out emotionally and I actually feel like, 'Oh my God, who this stranger in my house?'"
When Stern asked about the issue of not having sex with other people while being in a relationship, Armisen said: "There's that. There's that and there's a million things."
Armisen's first wife was Sally Timms, who is from England.
"We didn't have like a big celebration or a wedding. It was kind of more for her green card or her visa," he said on "The Howard Stern Show," adding: "We were in love. It was at the, sort of, Chicago's city hall, really, really quick. So we were kind of together for, I'd say, two years, really, and then we remained married for I think eight or six years or something."
In contrast, he and Moss did have a big wedding, he said, adding that their marriage was "exciting."
"I got caught up in it, you know," Armisen said, adding that the two knew each other for "only a year" beforehand.
Armisen, who has also dated Abby Elliot, another "SNL" alum, also affirmed that he does try to make himself more unlikeable in situations where he wants to exit the relationship.
"It's textbook ... awful, awful. You sort of withdraw and you sort of get into all the things that you think make you weird. Like, 'I'm really into playing Xbox ... my record collection' ... You sort of disappear into the things that you think are just your hobbies or whatever," he said. "I feel bad for everyone I've gone out with."