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Elisabeth Moss: I negotiate nudity

Elisabeth Moss has joked that any plans she makes not to appear nude on screen get disregarded once she has been shooting for months.

The actress portrays Peggy Olson in US TV show Mad Men but is tackling a different kind of role next. Top of the Lake is about the disappearance of a pregnant 12-year-old girl, with Elisabeth playing a character called Robin Griffin.

She had to shoot some steamy scenes for the programme, which initially she wasn't too sure about.

"I’m a shy person but the director, Jane Campion, is the last person to make me feel uncomfortable or exploit me," she told Radio Times magazine.

"She’s the ultimate feminist. You go through all this negotiation about what you’ll show, and then you get there, three months in and tired, and you’re just, ‘Whatever, let’s just do it.'"

Robin is the detective tasked with finding the young girl in the series. While the character isn't a stereotypical glitzy female, Elisabeth was drawn to her as she isn't one of the boys either.

The policewoman has to return to her home town in New Zealand to work on the case. It meant the actress had to master a new accent for the role, but that was the least of her problems.

There are action sequences, so the 30-year-old had no choice but to be in tip-top shape.

"I worked out and got some muscle, lowered my voice, learnt an accent and trained with guns. Robin is very much an ass-kicker. The shoot was an acting Olympics. I run all the time and I don’t like to run. I shoot guns, throw darts, chop wood and fish," she laughed.

Elisabeth is dating cinematographer Adam Arkapaw, following the end of her nine-month marriage to Fred Armisen. Although the breakdown of the union was painful, the actress now realises it was for the best.

"It wasn't working," she explained. "There was not a lot of wasted time, which was good. I learnt what's important - having a good relationship. I want to have a family and that comes to mind big-time when you're 30, but I'm not in a rush.

"I'm a huge believer in buying your own jewellery because you never have to stop wearing it if things don't work out."

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