It's a far cry from Mad Men's ambitious copywriter Peggy.
Elisabeth Moss plays a hardened detective in Top of the Lake, a new miniseries due March 18, Mondays at 9 ET/PT on the Sundance Channel.
The project, ftom Oscar winning writer-director Jane Campion (The Piano), concerns the disappearance of a 12-year-old girl who's five months pregnant. Her search involves contending with the girl's father, a drug lord (Peter Mullan), and GJ, a "guru" at a women's camp played by a gray-haired Holly Hunter. The project marks a reteaming of Hunter with Campion, who is obviously smitten with New Zealand, where this project was also filmed last year.
"It was 20 years ago that we did The Piano, and we kept up a wonderful friendship," Hunter says. "She called me with this one … and you can't say no to Jane."
For Moss, the transition was abrupt: "I finished season of Mad Men (last January) and left five days later" for a remote mountain range.