Archive from 'The Handmaid’s Tale'
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.“
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.”
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 Bledel, Samira Wiley, Madeline Brewer, Ann Dowd, Max Minghella, Joseph Fiennes, O-T Fagbenle, Amanda Brugel, Sydney Sweeney, Ever Carradine, Katie Aselton.
On January 21, Elisabeth Moss attended the 24 Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, California.
Unfortunately Elisabeth, who was received a Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
for her work in The Handmaid’s Tale, didn’t win. The winner was Claire Foy.
Moss was wearing a custom black dress Adam Selman.
Appearances & Public Events > 2018 > Jan. 21 │24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards
On January 14, Elisabeth attended the Television Critics Association at the Langham Hotel in Pasadena, California.
The Los Angeles native was wearing CO dress and Stella Luna shoes, pink lipstick and .accessorized with jeweled bangles and delicate earrings.
Moss was joined by writer Bruce Miller and executive producer Warren Littlefield at the Hulu panel.
Early past week, the first preview for The Handmaid’s Tale‘s second season hit the internet. Watch below:
— The Handmaid’s Tale (@HandmaidsOnHulu) 14 January 2018
Appearances & Public Events > 2018 > Jan. 14 │Television Critics Association at the Langham Hotel – Arrivals
Appearances & Public Events > 2018 > Jan. 14 │Television Critics Association at the Langham Hotel – Inside
ELISABETH BROUGHT HOME THE BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES AWARD! As you all know, the The 23rd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards was held on January 11,2018, and Elisabeth was in attendance with her ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ co-stars and crew. As the highlight of the evening, our girl won “Best Actress in a Drama Series” for her amazing performance in The Handmaid’s Tale! We are so proud and happy for her. Elisabeth wore Erdem Pre-Fall 2018 dress and Tyler Ellis clutch.
Check out the photos we have so far!
Appearances & Public Events > 2018 > Jan. 11 | 23rd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards
Elisabeth won last night the Golden Globe or “Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama” for “The Handmaid’s Tale”
— Golden Globe Awards (@goldenglobes) 8 de janeiro de 2018
After thanking many people during her Golden Globes speech, Moss pulled out a slip of paper to quote Atwood herself. “This is from Margaret Atwood,” she said, before reading:
”We were the people who were not in the papers. We lived in the blank white spaces at the edge of print. It gave us more freedom. We lived in the gaps between the stories.”
“Margaret Atwood, this is for you and all of the women who came before you and after you who were brave enough to speak out against intolerance and injustice and to fight for equality and freedom in this world,” she continued. “We no longer live in the blank white spaces at the edge of print, we no longer live in the gaps between the stories, we are the story in print and we are writing the story ourselves.”
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) 8 de janeiro de 2018
In solidarity with the victims of sexual harassment and assault, most women and many men dressed in all black. Elisabeth was wearing custom Christian Dior Haute Couture black dress.
Moss also talked about the importance of female-driven productions:
— Variety (@Variety) 8 de janeiro de 2018
Check out the photos we have so far!
Appearances & Public Events > 2018 > Jan. 7 | 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards
Elisabeth Moss appears on the list of the best performances of 2017 made by The Playlist. It’s a list that takes in both TV and film performances, ranging from blockbusters to indies and is is published annually on the website:
19. Elisabeth Moss as Offred in “The Handmaid’s Tale”
Though she’s often great on the big screen too (particularly her team-ups with Alex Ross Perry), Elisabeth Moss is at this point arguably the face most associated with the Peak TV era, after “The West Wing,” “Mad Men,” “Top Of The Lake” and now “The Handmaid’s Tale,” where her portrayal of lead Offred might mark a new peak. Even when the show misstepped, Moss was the anchor at its centre, making you feel every torture or indignity with burning anger, but also never letting us forget June Osborne, the vibrant, funny, fierce women underneath.
The Handmaid’s Tale also appears on the list of The Best TV Shows Of 2017:
3. “The Handmaid’s Tale”
In any year, this speculative Hulu drama would be on our list. Between Reed Morano’s tight, tone-setting direction on episodes 1-3, Elisabeth Moss’s breathtaking performance and a deft use of flashbacks, “The Handmaid’s Tale” is the best TV has to offer. Even in a void, it would be impossible to ignore the merits of this show. But this year – this fucking year – its themes take on real potency, in light of the Trump administration’s attacks on female bodily autonomy (see Jane Doe’s case, for a real-life experience that seems out of a dystopian universe). Showrunner Bruce Miller didn’t know that Trump would win the election, but Margaret Atwood’s novel and this adaptation have frightening new relevancy in its wake. Morano’s visual style also adds to the feeling of immediacy, placing us intimately within the world of Offred (Moss) as she attempts to navigate a near-future state mired in totalitarianism, misogyny and theocracy. Moss’ performance is nuanced, particularly in its silences, but credit is also due to the supporting cast. Samira Wiley and Ann Dowd have previously impressed in “Orange Is the New Black” and “The Leftovers,” respectively, but Yvonne Strahovski and Alexis Bledel are the revelations, with Bledel surprising even fans of her work on “Gilmore Girls.” “The Handmaid’s Tale” challenges binge-watching trends (unless you’re a true masochist intent on suffocating under a blanket of depression), but season one ended with unexpected hope, and we can’t imagine we were the only ones fist-pumping during the compelling season 1 finale “Night.”
Today (13) were announced their nominees for 24th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards and a Elisabeth received a Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series for her work in The Handmaid’s Tale!
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series:
Millie Bobby Brown, “Stranger Things”
Claire Foy, “The Crown”
Elisabeth Moss, “The Handmaid’s Tale”
Robin Wright, “House of Cards”
Laura Linney, “Ozark”
The Handmaid’s Tale also received a nomination for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.
The ceremony, recognizing top performances in television and film, will air live on both TNT and TBS at 8 p.m. ET.