Lizzy is featured on February issue of Elle magazine, on the session Women in TV, of course due her work on Master of Sex. I have added the high quality photoshoot and the digital scan (this one thanks to eden Liao) to our gallery.
Lizzy Caplan anticipated having to do a lot of explaining about Masters of Sex, Showtime’s bio series about the pioneering midcentury sex researchers William Masters and Virginia Johnson, after she landed the role of the latter. When filming began on the streets of Manhattan, she recalls, “We told people we were shooting a toothpaste commercial, because we didn’t want to have to explain that it wasn’t porn.”
What it was—and remains—is a richly textured look into the lives of the tortured, taciturn obstetrician Masters (played by Michael Sheen) and his research partner, Caplan’s Johnson, a powder keg of simmering ambition and sensuality in pencil skirts. “One glaring thing the show exposes,” says Caplan, 32, who last year earned an Emmy nod for the part, “is how little forward momentum there has been for women.”
The daughter of an L.A. lawyer (her mother died when she was 13), she gained early notice in cult shows such as Party Down and Freaks and Geeks, as well as her turn as a pot-smoking cynic in 2012’s Bachelorette. Now—after starring in this winter’s comedy The Interview, with Seth Rogen—she’s focusing on Masters’ upcoming third season. As for her place in the Hollywood power complex, “I would like to meet those people who are just fully in the moment and not thinking about what their next job means,” she says. “But right now, today? I am feeling very lucky.”