Monday, October 5, 2015

OCTOBER QUESTION OF THE MONTH

Gentle Readers . . . and Maxwell,

Today I participate in a blog hop hosted by Michael D'Agostino of A Life Examined. Please visit Michael's blog to sign up. Now let's go to the hop!

Michael's question for October is the following: Who would play you in a movie of your life?

I think I've answered this question a couple of other times when I've received blog awards, thank you, yes, thank you very much, I feel honored by your adoration.

I remember one time I chose Christina Hendricks who played Joan on Mad Men:



The problem is that Christina expands as I shrink.

Another time, or two, or three, I chose Lauren Graham:



The problem is that Lauren Graham played Lorelai Gilmore, and in real life I am Lorelai Gilmore. I shouldn't have the actress who played me in a series also play me in a movie. Someone else deserves a chance to be me.

I talked it over with Willy Dunne Wooters, and we came up with the perfect choice: Elisabeth Moss, who played Peggy on Mad Men. I also thought she was great in my funniest of all time movie, Get Him To The Greek. And she's done other things, but I think it's the way she played Peggy that made her exactly right to play me.




Peggy started out as a vulnerable, naive girl, who ended up as a worldly woman. Look at the way she struts into her new office with all her stuff, cigarette hanging out of her mouth. Look out world, it's Peggy/Elisabeth! 



I, too, was vulnerable and naive and ended up--well, I don't know what. 



I don't smoke, that's for sure. But I've bossed some bosses around. Then I lost my Self, and I had to find me again. I've been working on that, and I have to admit it's getting better. It couldn't get much worse.



The great thing is that when Elisabeth is done playing me, we can skate away and go on to new and better things!






Thanks for the great question, Michael of A Life Examined.


Infinities of love,

Janie Junebug


P.S. I remembered something. When the final season of Mad Men rolled around, all sorts of TV critics and pundits wrote, It turns out that the show was about Peggy all along

I knew it was about Peggy from the very first episode. So there, pundits! Bite my little pink butt!

56 comments:

  1. I loved, loved, loved Peggy! She was definitely my favorite female character. (closely followed by Joan).

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    1. I fell in love with Peggy the moment I saw her, with her pony tail and little girl dress. Oh, how our Peggy grew up, and Elisabeth played her perfectly. Never got an Emmy, but lots of nominations.

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  2. I am going with Kathy Bates to play me. Her characters generally say what they think, shoot from the hip, take no prisoners and on occasion can induce fear.

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    1. Kathy Bates is a great actress, no matter what the role.

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  3. All good choices! I'd pick amy schumer, because I love her.

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    1. She's almost as funny as you are, too.

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  4. Love your answers and your witty writing style!

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  5. Great choices! I'm glad things are getting better for you. You are a wonderful person. I have no idea who I would want to play me. I love Salma Hayak. So . . . maybe her.

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    1. My nephew posted a clip of Salma Hayak on Facebook today. It was pretty cool. She's great in Frida.

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  6. Hi, Janie Junebug! Although you possess the figure of Christina Hendricks (and I'd like to possess it too) I agree that Elisabeth Moss is a perfect choice to play you in a movie about your life. On Mad Men we watched Peggy's transformation. Her personal power was palpable. I'm feelin' you the same way.

    In a movie about my life the role of Shady would be played by Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham.

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    1. I definitely do not have Christina Hendricks' figure, but the Dowager Countess would be perfect for your role. In fact, a good question would be Which character do we want to be on Downton Abbey?

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  7. I haven't watched this show yet, but I have it waiting on Netflix. It looks interesting.

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    1. It's great. I hated the time between seasons. I wanted it to be on every week all the time for years and years.

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  8. I am evidently one of the few people who have never watched Mad Men...probably some crime show on that hubby is watching. I can't wait to see your movie when it comes out, Janie!

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    1. I'll invite you to the premiere if you invite me to vacation with you in Maine!

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  9. I have not watch every Mad Men episode but I always felt that Peggy was one strong vixen. Christina Hendricks looked great in the show (and a wonderful actress) but should keep wearing those clothes in real life. I am sorry but I just keep looking at her bodacious ta-ta's, even I want to motorboat there and I am a healthy heterosexual

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    1. Birgit, you make me laugh. Don't ever motorboat me if we meet.

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  10. Yes, Peggy and Joan were my favorite characters! I basically watched because of them. Peggy had the most dramatic transformation over time. :)

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    1. I loved the way the show ended for Joan. Peggy was just too cool to be believed, kinda like me.

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  11. Again you've demonstrated my lack of knowledge about actors--I don't know any of these ladies, but they seem like worthy picks. Maybe I need to watch more TV shows. Well, actually maybe not.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Tossing It Out

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    1. You need to watch the very best TV shows. I watch few shows.

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  12. That...first...clip...was...awesome!
    And not just because of booze at the office.
    Although something like that never hurts.

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    1. Offices don't have enough alcohol and smoking anymore.

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  13. Janie, I hope you have your story written. I'm ready!

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    1. Maybe you can distract yourself by getting a Brazilian because it will be a while before my movie comes out.

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  14. I'd play my father and tell my son I loved him. There. I said it.

    So how's the weather today?

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    1. I love your answer. It's 74 degrees with low humidity. I had to turn off the fan in my bedroom last night because I was too chilly.

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  15. My eyes bungled at that picture of Christina! lol

    I always loved Lauren Graham.

    I've never seen Mad Men, so I'll have to take your word for it. ;)

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    1. I adore Mad Men, though it's not my favorite show.

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  16. I must be one of the few people who didn't get into Mad Men.

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    1. You are indeed the ONLY person who didn't get into Mad Men. What's wrong with you, Stephen?

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  17. Dear Janie, Was "Mad Men" on one of the regular channels or on cable (which I don't get)? The reason I asked is that I"m sorry I missed it because Peggy is the splitting image of one of my great nieces. In fact, if you hadn't identified the actress I think I would have suspected my great-niece of moonlighting!!!! Thanks for the intro. I'll look for this program on Netflix. I hope all is well. I missed seeing you at the wedding. Peace.

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    1. Mad Men was on AMC. It's on Netflix streaming, or it's available on DVD.

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  18. First nice choices, I have no idea who could play me and spent some time thinking about it but alas came up with nothing

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    1. It's only make believe. I think Kathy Bates might be good as you.

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  19. I haven't watched Mad Men. For whatever reason, it never looked interesting to me. I think Christina Hendricks is drop dead gorgeous though. You know, if this Peggy lady does have this awesome character arch, well... there you go. :)

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    1. Peggy is such an amazing character. She changes so much, and Elisabeth Moss played her perfectly.

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  20. I've never watched Mad Men though I know it was very popular. Sounds like you picked a good match.

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    1. I also considered Julia Louis Dreyfuss, but I think she's too pretty to be me. I want a real woman.

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  21. Nice choice. Believe it or not, I'm just now catching up on MadMen and so many other shows. Didn't watch TV for about 5 years. Oh well, I accept spoilers as a norm and now know who the show is really about. ;)

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    1. Be sure to watch Breaking Bad and The Sopranos. Two best shows ever.

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  22. I haven't seen Mad Man yet but I've seen half a season of Gilmore Girls, so I feel like I've got the idea.

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    1. I hope you find the time to watch all of Mad Men. The last scene of the final episode is beautiful. Gilmore Girls is hilarious.

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  23. Elizabeth Moss is the best, as are you, so good choice. You made me spit up a little as I read, "Someone else deserves a chance to be me," while I was drinking water.

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    1. Sorry about the spit up. I'm glad it was water and not that nasty baby formula that many people give to their children. They spit it up, and it stinks and stains everything. I am not the best and don't think I am, but Willy Dunne Wooters has some pretty darn nice things to say to me in bed.

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  24. Of course, it's about Peggy. How sexist those critics are. They all think it's about Don. Don is secondary. I LOVE Peggy. I just started watching Mad Men. I'm in the middle of the second season. Love that clip. She is a phenomenal character, great moxy! We rarely hear her last name.
    Great choice.
    Play off the Page

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    1. However, I love many aspects of the relationship that develops between Don and Peggy. He never lets it go too far, but he is a great mentor. He recognizes her talent.

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  25. Peggy sounds like a perfect choice for you.

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    1. Thank you. Elisabeth Moss has a great career behind her and ahead of her.

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  26. I've never seen Mad Men, but now I want to. I loved Gilmore Girls. There was a great chemistry between Lorelai and Rory. Both actresses are so pretty.

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    1. I love, love, love Mad Men and The Gilmore Girls. Lorelai and Rory were perfect together.

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  27. I've never watched Mad Men, it looks interesting. Peggy appears to be a fun character to get to know.

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  28. What a fun meme! I have no idea which actress I'd like to see lay my life assuming someone found my life interesting enough to make a movie about, but I sure do yours. Mad Men is a great series. I like both gals from the show. Joan is one sexy curvy lady. Christina Hendricks was born right here in Knoxville, Tennessee. I knew I liked her for a reason. :D Peggy Olson's character is awesome. She did what few women even dreamed to do in the 60s by establishing herself as a real contender in a male dominated career market despite her naive nature. She learned from her hard knocks and was successful in the end. Now, I want to watch the second half of the last season. I can't wait for it to show up on Netflix!

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    1. I had AMC when Mad Men started. Then I had to do without it. I was so happy when I got it back in time for the last couple of seasons of Mad Men. In between, I watched the DVDs.

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