Elisabeth Moss to star as ‘Typhoid Mary’ in new BBC series
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Elisabeth Moss to star as ‘Typhoid Mary’ in new BBC series

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Elisabeth Moss has signed on to star in and executive produce a new BBC America limited series about the infamous “Typhoid Mary,” Variety has learned.

BBC America will partner with Moss and Annapurna Television on developing the period drama titled “Fever,” based on Mary Beth Keane’s novel of the same name. It tells the true story of Mary Mallon, an Irish immigrant and cook who was the first known healthy carrier of typhoid fever. She became known as “Typhoid Mary” as she unknowingly spread the disease among several wealthy families in early twentieth century New York.

Moss acquired the original rights to Keane’s book and first sent the material Phil Morrison, who signed on as director and executive producer. Robin Veith is currently set to write the adaptation and will also serve as an executive producer alongside Moss, Morrison, and Annapurna’s Sue Naegle and Megan Ellison.

I’m so honored to be working with the incredible team of collaborators we have pulled together with Phil, Robin, BBC America and Annapurna,Moss said. “I look forward to telling this story about one of the most infamous women in America, ‘Typhoid Mary,’ a woman whose true tale has never been told. She was an immigrant in turn of the century New York, a time of huge change and progress in America. She was incredibly unique, stubborn, ambitious and in fierce denial of any wrongdoing until her death where she lived out her days imprisoned on an island just off of the Bronx in NY. She is incredibly complicated, something I seem to enjoy playing.

Moss is represented by WME and Ribisi Entertainment Group. Veith is also with WME while Morrison is repped by UTA and Management 360.

Elisabeth Moss Says She Would Do a ‘West Wing’ Revival ‘in a Heartbeat’
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Elisabeth Moss Says She Would Do a ‘West Wing’ Revival ‘in a Heartbeat’

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Paging Aaron Sorkin! Elisabeth Moss would be thrilled to reprise her role in The West Wing if the Emmy-winning NBC drama ever returned to television.

Oh, my God, in a heartbeat,” she exclusively told Us Weekly at the premiere of New York Film Festival premiere of her new film, Her Smell. “Of course! Obviously.”

Moss recurred as Zoe Bartlet, youngest daughter of President Jed Bartlet, in 26 episodes of the political drama, all the way until the show’s series finale — which aired the year before she became a household name as Peggy Olson in Mad Men.

Talking to Us at the premiere on Saturday, September 29, Moss said it would be “too soon” for a Mad Men revival, but the time is right for a West Wing continuation since the show’s 2006 series finale was “so long ago” at this point.

Yeah, why not?” she added.

In the meantime, Moss is earning rave reviews and prestigious awards for her role as Offred in The Handmaid’s Tale. At the event on Saturday, the Emmy winner reflected on the Hulu drama’s relevance to the #MeToo movement and the ongoing fight for women’s equality.

It’s bizarre,” she told Us. “It’s very bizarre, honestly. I’ve never done anything where there have been so many correlations … I don’t know. It’s bizarre. It’s also rewarding to feel like you’re telling a story that’s important, and telling a story that’s relevant and that people should listen to. And that’s the problem — because we’re not listening and watching these stories. It feels rewarding to be a part of it.

And now fans will see a different side of Moss in Her Smell, as she plays a punk rocker struggling with sobriety. “It was really fun,” she revealed to Us. “There were no limits, there was nothing too far, nothing too crazy that you could do, and that’s incredibly freeing. Especially after something like Handmaid’s, where often I’m quite subtle and suppressed, it was really cool to just be able to throw that all away and just go totally mad.

The West Wing is currently streaming on Netflix, and The Handmaid’s Tale is available on Hulu. A release date for Her Smell has not been announced.

With reporting by Nicki Gostin

Elisabeth Moss on ‘Her Smell’ and Why She Won’t Do a ‘Mad Men’ Reboot
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Elisabeth Moss on ‘Her Smell’ and Why She Won’t Do a ‘Mad Men’ Reboot

Vanity FairElisabeth Moss puts it all out there as the strung-out rock star at the center of “Her Smell.

The Alex Ross Perry drama earned raves for the Emmy winner when it screened at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, with many critics noting that the drug-addled, hard-partying singer is a change of pace role for Moss who tends to portray more outwardly composed characters in shows such as “Mad Men.” Moss learned to play the guitar and does her own singing in the film, a stretch that she found alternately terrifying and exhilarating.

Her Smell” is Moss’s third collaboration with Perry — the two previously worked together on “Listen Up Philip” and “Queen of Earth.” On the eve of the film’s Toronto debut, Moss spoke with Variety about drawing on Axl Rose for inspiration, the feminist side of punk rock, and why she thinks her Hulu hit “The Handmaid’s Tale” has resonated with audiences.

What’s behind your frequent collaborations with Alex?

It’s simple. He writes really good scripts, and ‘Her Smell’ had an incredible female lead that most people wouldn’t have thought of me for. We also have a good yin and yang. He’s good at things I’m not good at and vice versa. I’d make six more movies with him if I could.

Why did you want to play Becky Something in ‘Her Smell’?

She’s larger than life. She’s volatile, emotional, sensitive, and she has this terrible toxic combination of extreme confidence and very high self-esteem. When she’s at her best, she’s so fun and you want to be around her, and when she’s bad, she’s the worst demon to deal with.

What kind of research did you do to play the role?

I read a lot about that era of punk music. In the ’80s and ’90s, there were actually a bunch of incredible female punk artists and bands as part of this riot girl movement. I didn’t try to emulate any one person, but Alex says there’s a lot of Axl Rose in her and that he’s an inspiration.

She’s an addict, so I spoke to a few people who will remain anonymous about what it’s like to be addicted to drugs. You can look on YouTube to see how you behave if you take a particular drug, but the most interesting thing that someone told me was this idea that the drugs stop working at some point. You’re always chasing a high, and you can’t take enough to get to the same place, so you just take more and more.

Did you sing and play the guitar for the film or did you lip synch and play along to pre-recorded tracks?

It’s me. I started learning the guitar in the middle of Season 2 [of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’]. I remember telling my instructor, I’m not here to have a career change. I just need to learn these songs. Alex told me that I didn’t have to learn to play, I could fake it. But in order to fake playing the guitar believably, you have to learn to play it. There’s no in-between.

Will you keep performing music?

It was just for the role, but it was such a rush to pretend to be a rock star. It’s one of those crazy, cool things you get to do when you’re an actor. It’s so validating to get up in front of all these people and sing and play. They’re are all these extras that are hired to cheer and scream and make you feel like you’re amazing.

Why do you think fans have embraced ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’?

The material is incredibly relevant. It’s tapping into a feeling of anxiety and frustration that’s really out there right now in this political moment.

Would you do another season of ‘Top of the Lake’?

In a heartbeat. [Creator] Jane Campion could make me fly to New Zealand and read the telephone book. It’s not up to me, but I love that character. She’s so challenging and exciting to play, but we have to have the right idea. The last season wrapped things up well, so we have to have a good reason to come back.

From “Murphy Brown” to “Will & Grace,” there are lots of television revivals right now. Would you want to revive “Mad Men”?

I’d love to do anything that [creator] Matt Weiner writes, but it would be a different show. That series was about this group of people living in a very specific era. I guess never say never, but I think the show ended pretty well. Sometimes it’s best to leave the party before everybody wants to kick you out.

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Elisabeth Moss nominated for an Emmy Awards

Elisabeth Moss has received her second Emmy nomination for her portrayal of June Osborn in The Handmaid’s Tale. She was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. Last year Elisabeth was nominated for this category and won.

The Handmaid’s Tale” received 20 nominations: lead actress in a drama (Elisabeth Moss), supporting actress in a drama (Alexis Bledel, Ann Dowd, Yvonne Strahovski), supporting actor in a drama (Joseph Fiennes), guest actress in a drama (Kelly Jenrette, Cherry Jones, Samira Wiley), drama series directing (Kari Skogland), and drama series writing (Bruce Miller).

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Elisabeth Moss attends “The Handmaid’s Tale” finale screening

Elisabeth Moss attended the season two finale screening of The Handmaid’s Tale on July 9 at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles.

The Emmy-winning was joined at the event by her co-stars Samira WileyAlexis Bledel, a very pregnant Yvonne StrahovskiMax MinghellaBradley WhitfordMadeline BrewerNina Kiri, and Amanda Brugel.

Season two of The Handmaid’s Tale is streaming on Hulu now.

Elisabeth was wearing a Carolina Herrera tux and Christian Louboutin.

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Elisabeth Moss helped ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ costume designer get bonnet approved

WINA – Elisabeth Moss sneakily tried on her “The Handmaid’s Tale” bonnet before it was officially approved for the show.

Costume designer Ane Crabtree, who was nominated for an Emmy and won a Costume Designers Guild Award for her work on the series, was initially tasked with creating headscarves for Elisabeth to wear as handmaid Offred so her face wasn’t covered.

In Margaret Atwood’s book, which the show is based on, the handmaids wear “white wings” so they can only see what’s directly in front of them, and so Ane set about trying to recreate this.

(With the scarves) it just felt like any old TV show and I just quietly, without getting approval, made five bonnets, took them to Lizzie (Moss) for our first fitting and I said, ‘I’m going to film you with my iPhone turning your face to the camera’,” Ane recalled, reports Variety.

And because she’s Lizzie and she’s magic incarnate, it was the right thing. It was spooky.

Ane was talking at “The Handmaid’s Tale” panel at the Producers Guild of America’s 2018 Produced By Conference over the weekend, June 9th-10th, 2018.

Showrunner Bruce Miller was also part of the panel, and explained how Elisabeth, who is also a producer, and co-star Alexis Bledel couldn’t hear each other at first because of the bonnets, and also kept hitting the camera.

But they really learned how to use the wardrobe for dramatic purposes and I think it’s one of the things that are best in the show,” he added.

Ane also shared how Bruce wanted the cloaked costumes to appear as normal and everyday as T-shirt and jeans.

I was up for the challenge but it was really the thing that kept me up at night. How can that be normal, sincerely?” she said. “So it’s been a very interesting journey as an artist to go through that… and to have other women take it and make it something greater is huge, politically and emotionally, and all those great things.” 

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Elisabeth Moss at the ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ TV show FYC Event

Elisabeth Moss attended the  The Handmaid’s Tale Emmy For Your Consideration Event on Thursday night (June 7) at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Moss looked chic in a sparkling black dress as she stepped out to promote her hit Hulu series.

Joining Elisabeth at the event were he co-stars Alexis BledelSamira WileyMadeline Brewer, and Yvonne Strahovski.

Season two of The Handmaid’s Tale is streaming on Hulu now.

Elisabeth was wearing an Alex Perry dress and Stella Luna shoes.

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Elisabeth Moss won’t ‘tolerate’ harassment

KATY TIMES Elisabeth Moss would not tolerate harassment at work.

The 35-year-old actress is also a producer on her TV show ‘The Handmaid’s Tale‘ and feels a sense of “responsibility” to make sure the set is a safe environment for the cast and crew.

She said: “I don’t tolerate that kind of behaviour regardless, whether it be as an actor or a producer and I never have.”

But I do think there’s a certain amount of responsibility as a producer to make sure we have a safe working environment. And I do feel maybe a little extra responsibility being that I am a female producer.

Elisabeth is proud that the dystopian drama has connected with so many people around the world.

She said: “The thing that means the most to me that people say is that it gave them some sort of strength or some sort of bravery. Maybe they’re going through something in their own country, whether they’re a woman or whether they’re gay or whatever it is. They watch the show and it gave them some sort of strength to be who they are and to not give up on who they are.

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Elisabeth Moss: violence tries not to be ‘gratuitous’

USA TODAY – The women of Gilead are no strangers to abuse, rape and slavery. It’s an aspect of The Handmaid’s Tale that’s left critics, including USA TODAY’s Kelly Lawler, to wonder: Is Season 2 verging on misery porn?

At Thursday night’s massive Hollywood premiere for the new season of the Hulu drama, we posed the question to Handmaid’s creative team: When do you know to pull the camera away, that the audience can’t take any more?

When we’ve told the story that we needed to tell,” star/executive producer Elisabeth Moss told USA TODAY on the red carpet at the TCL Chinese Theatre.

I was actually just talking about this with (showrunner) Bruce Miller today about a scene later in the show,” said Moss, dressed in a Handmaid’s-red Dior gown. “There’s a very dark scene later on in the season, and it was cut down a little bit because it didn’t need to be gratuitous. We’re not trying to pound anything down anyone’s throats.

Miller said even he watches some scenes from behind his hands, but noted they make a point to “show just what we need to show to tell the story so you understand why the character is one way before the event, and (another) way after. And no more.”

The gruesome violence threaded through the show is always based on real-world examples, said Miller, from the Taliban-style public executions modeled in Season 2’s opener to the female genital mutilation Emily (Alexis Bledel) was subjected to in Season 1.

We don’t make up some kind of cruelty, I don’t want to do that. I hate that,” he says. “It’s hard because these are things that are happening in the real world. We’re not making them up. But showing them, you do carry some responsibility. The last thing you want to be making is torture porn.

In Season 2, the show expands beyond its Margaret Atwood source material to include refugee stories across the border in Canada and scenes deep inside the treacherous Colonies, where exiled women are worked to death in toxic conditions.

Bledel’s handmaid is now one of them.

She was such a fighter through all the trauma she endured in Season 1, but in Season 2, the Colonies is uncharted territory,” said Bledel on the red carpet. “She’s not as clued-in as she was in Gilead as to what’s going to happen. It’s an absolute wasteland. She’s lost a lot of hope, she knows she’s going to die. So she takes a new tack: she decides she’s going to dole out a form of vigilante justice on her own.

Ann Dowd, who plays the handmaids’ ruthless headmistress Aunt Lydia, expanded on how she and a pregnant, willful Offred (Moss) go head to head in the upcoming season. “What she loves about Offred is that strength. (As Aunt Lydia), I try to beat it down because, girl, you’re not going to make it. Honey, that Commander and Serena Joy, don’t play around with them.

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Elisabeth Moss attends the ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Season 2 Premiere

On April 19, Elisabeth Moss attended the premiere of The Handmaid’s Tale season two at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.

Elisabeth, star and executive producer of “The Handmaid’s Tale”, was  wearing a Dior Couture dress and jacket, Christian Louboutin shoes, a Tyler Ellis clutch, and Jennifer Meyer jewelry.

Also in attendance were Alexis BledelSamira WileyMadeline Brewer, Ann DowdMax MinghellaJoseph FiennesO-T FagbenleAmanda BrugelSydney SweeneyEver CarradineKatie Aselton.

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