Elisabeth Moss attends the GQ Men Of The Year Awards
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Elisabeth Moss attends the GQ Men Of The Year Awards

On September 05, Elisabeth Moss attended the 21st annual  GQ Men of the Year Awards in association with luxury lifestyle group HUGO BOSS at the Tate Modern.

Elisabeth, 36, was presented with her coveted television actor of the year gong by Gwendoline Christie, and proudly acknowledged her ‘wifey’ during her acceptance speech.

The annual awards ceremony honours the men and women who have shaped the world’s cultural landscape over style, politics, entertainment and sport this year, with 22 gongs up for grabs.

Moss was wearing a floral dress by Vivienne Westwood and clutch Jimmy Choo.

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Elisabeth Moss says ‘Her Smell’ role “Hardest Thing I’ve Ever Done”
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Elisabeth Moss says ‘Her Smell’ role “Hardest Thing I’ve Ever Done”

The Hollywood Reporter – Elisabeth Moss is back in Toronto, where she stars in the locally shot Hulu drama The Handmaid’s Tale, for which she won both an Emmy and a Golden Globe for best actress in a drama.

But Moss is this week at the Toronto Film Festival to debut her latest movie, Alex Ross Perry’s Her Smell, where she plays a maniacally destructive punk rock star battling substance abuse and personal demons in a failed bid to stay famous and creative.

This was the hardest thing I’ve ever done,Moss said of her third collaboration with Perry and her role as Becky Something, the brilliant and brash frontwoman of a ’90s rock band who finds herself giving up everything and everyone as her emotional freight train speeds toward a cliff’s edge.

Before the world premiere for Her Smell on Sunday night at Toronto’s Winter Garden Theater, Moss talked to The Hollywood Reporter‘s Etan Vlessing about preparing to play a self-destructing punk rocker with emotion and sweat, developing skin calluses to play the guitar without pain, and possible award season buzz for her latest movie star turn.

You spend so much time in Toronto shooting The Handmaid’s Tale. How does it feel bringing Her Smell to TIFF?

Toronto has become a second home. I’ve spent so much time there, around six or seven months of the year. I spend more time in Toronto than I do in New York City, where I live. For me, it’s great. I’m staying at the house that I’m going to live in for season three [of Handmaid’s] for the festival. I know the neighborhood. I can tell the driver where to go, as opposed to a few years ago at the festival when I didn’t know where I was. I know Toronto really well. So it’s incredibly convenient.

In Her Smell, you play Becky Something, a character who battles everyone and everything to stay sober and not self-destruct. How did you balance your character having an emotional breakdown while carrying the movie’s audience on a wild ride?

One of the interesting things is we pick up at the start of her demise, at the start of her descent, rather than her rise to fame. That’s one of the conceits of the script that Alex wanted to do, to watch somebody fall, rather than launch them and see them rise up. We’ve kind of seen that story and know it is a great one. But with this character, you want to see what happens at the beginning of their demise and descent from popularity and fame.

Tell us about who Becky Something is.

She’s an incredible artist and she’s an incredible singer and songwriter and has a vitality to her that’s difficult to keep in a box. She’s an addict, which has a huge effect on her personality and her life. And when we start the movie, she’s at the height of her addiction and struggling to chase the high of the fame and adulation as well. It’s not just the drugs, as she struggles to be as famous and relevant as she once was.

How do you prepare for a role where, emotionally and physically, you hit rock bottom?

I did a lot of research into addiction and spoke to a few people who were very generous and very open and willing to share their stories. It’s amazing how personal the people I spoke to were able to be, as they gave me an insight into issues that are difficult to talk about — not just the mechanics of addiction, but the personal stories.

Becky is an incredible musician. I’m assuming you are not. How did you prepare for that side of the role?

It was about six months of preparation in learning to play the guitar and the piano and learning the songs. I know how to sing, so I listened to a lot of punk and grunge music. I’m not really into either punk or grunge, as I was raised on jazz and blues music and classical, because I was a ballet dancer. So it was a deep dive into that punk and grunge world.

First teaser trailer for “Her Smell”
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First teaser trailer for “Her Smell”

The first teaser for “Her Smell” was released on Friday, September 7th. The film is directed by Alex Ross Perry (Queen of Earth), and is produced and starring Elisabeth Moss, in the film the actress plays the character Becky Something, a star of destructive punk rock.

The film is scheduled to premiere today (September 9) at the TIFF.

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Elisabeth Moss on a Decade of Critical Acclaim & Becoming a Top Halloween Costume
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Elisabeth Moss on a Decade of Critical Acclaim & Becoming a Top Halloween Costume

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Amid Emmys season madness, Elisabeth Moss surveys her glittering domain as the Queen of Peak TV.

This time of year is always pleasantly surreal for Elisabeth Moss. Hardly a September passes without her navigating the red-carpeted run-up to the Emmy Awards (she finally won in 2017 after nearly a decade of nominations); and then, in October, come the Halloween costumes.

For a while, it was all about Peggy in a tight ’60s dress carrying a martini glass,Moss says with a smile. Peggy Olson was the determined copywriter she played on Mad Men for seven seasons. This was after she spent seven seasons as Martin Sheen’s daughter on The West Wing. Now the trick-or-treat pick is Offred, the dystopian protagonist Moss portrays on the Hulu drama The Handmaid’s Tale, which earned her dual Emmys last year for acting and producing. “Honestly, I didn’t see it coming, this fascination with the long red robe and the white bonnet,” she says.

It is not lost on Moss that these tributes—high, low and fashionable—add up to validation both about her exemplary decision-making and her ability to totally rock a period frock. “When people all over are dressing up like you, it’s definitely flattering and also kinda bizarre,” she says. “You realize how much of this work is beyond your control.

That’s certainly the case lately for Moss. With television hit after hit after hit after hit (the 2013 miniseries Top of the Lake landed her a Golden Globe, a Critics’ Choice Award and an Emmy nod), she’s been dubbed “The Queen of Peak TV.” But now with two seasons of The Handmaid’s Tale streaming to universal acclaim, and a third on its way in 2019, Moss, 36, is an unwitting icon in a culture waking up to #MeToo, the treatment of immigrants and the battle over women’s bodies. The drama, based on Margaret Atwood’s dark classic, is set in an authoritarian alternate present that many say mirrors the far-right extremism of current-day politics. Radical Muslims are blamed for government problems, and women are stripped of basic rights and sexually violated. Much of what draws people to the series is Moss’ unflinching portrayal of Offred, a woman who submits to ritualized rape on a regular basis as part of her duty to male masters. It makes sense that the character’s gown-and-hood look is a staple alongside pink hats at women’s rights rallies.

We never intended to copy what’s happening in the world, but like most other people, I feel that things on the show are way too close to home,Moss says. “It’s this sense of, ‘Hey, if we don’t pay attention, if we stop listening, if we fail to take action against injustice, we’re getting pretty close to the dystopia we see on-screen.’”

Lizzie Moss didn’t set out to become a feminist meme. Growing up in Laurel Canyon in Los Angeles, the older of two kids to musicians Ron and Linda Moss, she was on track for a career in dance, having studied ballet as a teen at The School of American Ballet in New York City and The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., while pursuing an acting career. But when her side passion of acting began paying off, Moss made the decision at 15 to commit to show business full time. “I could imagine not dancing, but I couldn’t imagine not acting for the rest of my life,” she says. At 17, she won the recurring part of first daughter Zoey Bartlet on The West Wing and has worked steadily and to great acclaim ever since. “I’ve been doing this long enough to see how fortunate I’ve been, and I never take it for granted,” she says. “It’s unusual as an actor to feel that sense of security, so I sometimes just kinda pinch myself.

Moss, who can be slightly imposing despite being only 5 feet, 3 inches tall, lives in Manhattan now and stays mostly quiet about her personal life. A few details are well-known: She and actor Fred Armisen were married in 2009 and separated the following year. Also, she was born and raised a Scientologist. Moss has said the church helps “[make you] a better you, not necessarily changing who you are,” and with “empowerment and respecting yourself as an individual.” On this particular day, with meetings and fittings, cats to be fed and laundry to be done, along with filming Her Smell, out next year, Moss laughs and says, “My spiritual life consists mostly of trying to watch a little TV and get enough sleep.” Pressed further about her religion and the increasing focus on it, she says, “It’s an odd feeling. I put myself emotionally into my work. Beyond that, I have to keep something for myself.

It’s hard to find an actor more emotionally all-in. The second season of The Handmaid’s Tale opens with Moss stripped bare in an intense sex romp with costar Max Minghella. Another scene has her lopping off her hair along with a chunk of her GPS-tagged left ear to avoid being tracked by the menaces from Red Center. The brutality has been a sticking point for some viewers. Does showing women being mistreated on-screen ever cross a line for Moss?

The guiding principle is honesty,” she says. “Whatever you see in terms of violence or sex is an accurate representation of the world we’re in, which is why it never feels false or gratuitous. I think that’s a common thread in all my work. The question is always: ‘Does this feel real? Are we being true? Because it’s only by being accurate to reality that audiences can escape from it for a little while.

Moss escapes whenever she can. She’s an avid traveler and especially loves Italy and New Zealand. In the infinitesimal spaces between jobs, she’s learning to play piano and guitar for her upcoming role as lead singer of a punk rock band in Her Smell and spends quality time with her cats, Lucy and Ethel, who were found on the street in Brooklyn when she was making Listen Up Philip. “They’re quite famous,” Moss says, arching an eyebrow. “Lucy’s kind of private but Ethel is kind of a big deal, at least on social media.” (A recent Instagram post on @elisabethmossofficial that showed the feline lounging luxuriously in Moss’ Upper West Side apartment—it was slugged “Current mood. #ethel”—got more than 15,000 likes.)

Chalk it up as one more fascinating side effect of being Elisabeth Moss. In a way, having a celebrity pet is no more unreal than Oprah walking over to say she loves The Handmaid’s Tale (“Totally crazy!Moss says) or Hillary Clinton praising the “amazing” series in front of 10,000 middle and high school girls, as she did at Los Angeles Convention Center last year (“I was like, ‘Holy shit!’”). And who knows what will happen this year on Halloween? “I was shooting last year, so I missed it,” she says, “but if I need a costume, I know where I can get one.

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How Elisabeth Moss spent her summer ‘vacation’: Four movies and a floor covering
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How Elisabeth Moss spent her summer ‘vacation’: Four movies and a floor covering

LA TimesElisabeth Moss began her summer break from “The Handmaid’s Tale” planning to shoot two movies, unpack the 15 boxes she shipped home from Toronto and, maybe, just maybe, finally buy a rug for her one-bedroom New York apartment.

Flash forward a couple of months: Moss has finished the two films — playing a destructive punk rocker in “Her Smell” and starring alongside Melissa McCarthy and Tiffany Haddish in the crime drama “The Kitchen” — and added two more movies to her calendar.

At the moment, she’s shooting “Shirley,” playing the reclusive short story master Shirley Jackson in a film that sounds very much like the kind of spooky thriller Jackson might have written.

Shortly, Moss will leave the New York location of “Shirley” and fly to California to begin work on “Us,” Jordan Peele’s follow-up to “Get Out.” Then she’ll go back east and finish “Shirley,” return to California to complete “Us” and then fly to Toronto to start shooting the third season of “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

She had boundless, unfathomable energy,” “Handmaid’s Tale” creator Bruce Miller says. “I get tired just listening to what she’s doing day to day.

Do I covet a bit more sleep?Moss says. “Yeeeesss. But what am I going to do? I’m not going to pass up opportunities like these.

Moss is sitting in her publicist’s office in Beverly Hills. She has been in Los Angeles for a couple of hours, and she’ll take a red-eye flight back home after participating in a “Handmaid’s Tale” Emmy panel at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Samuel Goldwyn Theater that night.

Near her chair on a ledge, there’s a Jon Hamm bobblehead figure wearing a St. Louis Cardinals jersey, and upon spying it, Moss, a die-hard Cubs fan, feels obliged to rotate it so she doesn’t have to look at her onetime “Mad Men” costar’s offending garb.

That quiet gesture is vintage Moss, who, as you can glean from her career choices, revels in acts of playful, subversive mischief. Last year, she played a journalist in Ruben Ostlund’s squirmy satire “The Square,” a performance notable for, among many things, a spirited post-coital tug of war over a used condom and the scenes she shared with a monkey for reasons even Ostlund described as completely arbitrary. (“Why not a monkey?” Moss asked me by way of explanation at a “Handmaid’s Tale” Emmys party last year, while holding two trophies, one for acting, the other for producing.)

All of which is to say that if you were one of those people — and there were many — upset by the decision that Moss’ “Handmaid’s” character, June, made during the Season 2 finale to remain in repressive, authoritarian Gilead after all the time and energy spent on getting her out, know that Moss (kind of) revels in your displeasure, if only because all that grief signaled a deep emotional investment in the show.

I knew people were going to be like, ‘Why the … didn’t she get in that van?’” Moss says, smiling. “I get it. I totally do. But she has to make the harder choice. She has to find her daughter.”

This isn’t to say that Moss doesn’t think about servicing the needs of the show’s fans. She says she feels “very in tune” with them, meaning that June most definitely will not be confined once again to the beautifully lighted attic in the Waterfords’ home next season. That last moment in the finale, when June raises her red handmaid’s hood and disappears into the night, signaled the arrival of a June reborn, a woman finally possessing a sense of agency. (The third season, Miller says, moves from “blessed be the fruit” to “blessed be the fight.”)

I’m a big fan of letting the story guide you, and you’re already starting to see the cracks in Gilead.

-ELISABETH MOSS

Everyone, it seems, is ready for a change.

She’s going back to fight,Moss says. “She really means business. There’s no more … around. Yeah. It’s going to be really fun. It’s time.

That doesn’t mean that Moss buys into the criticism that the show’s second season spun its wheels a bit, mired in darkness and despair. (A search for “Handmaid’s Tale” and “misery” generates 369,000 hits, including think pieces with headlines like: “Is ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ still worth the agony of watching it?”)

I get a little pissy when someone comes up to me and says that they’re too scared to watch the show or they find it too disturbing,Moss says. “I’m like, ‘Buck up.’ That’s the problem. If you’re not brave enough to watch the TV show, how are you going to be brave enough to face the reality?

I get that it’s dark,” she continues. “I don’t expect it to be easy to watch. But you have to be brave enough to face the truth of these things.Moss pauses, saying she really doesn’t want to turn this into a political conversation. Still. “It’s hard to look at those images and see the things we see on a daily basis and face that kind of reality. But if you don’t, aren’t you doing a disservice to the people who are actually going through it?” She pauses again. “This is obviously very different because it’s a TV show.

Moss leans back and lets out a nervous laugh, aware that there were times during the airing of “Handmaid’s” second season when the collision of the show’s images and the day’s headlines felt a little too close for comfort. President Trump picked an unlikely fight with Canada just as the episode exploring the uneasy tensions between Gilead and Canada aired. The following week, June was granted a brief reunion with Hannah, the daughter Gilead had taken from her, while the news cycle was dominated by news of the U.S. government separating immigrant children from their families.

The traumatic mother-daughter reunion was written in consultation with United Nations experts who offered advice on how such extreme, emotionally fraught situations play out. (“Never as expected,” Miller says.) The following episode, save for a brief, biting interlude with the Waterfords, featured June alone on screen, first looking for escape and then giving birth to her long-awaited baby. That delivery scene — moaning, groaning, guttural, beautiful — was thoroughly researched as well, with Moss watching dozens of YouTube videos of home births.

We wanted women to watch and go, ‘Yeah, that’s what it sounds like. That’s what it looks like,’Moss says. “It’s one of the hardest things I’ve ever done physically … I almost lost my voice from all that groaning.” Pause. “Though, I’m sure, it wasn’t as difficult as giving birth. Let’s maintain some perspective here.

On the subject of perspective, Moss, an executive producer on the show, initially said she’d bite her tongue when told that Miller had sketched out 10 seasons for “The Handmaid’s Tale.” But her reluctance to speak on the subject doesn’t last long.

I’m a big fan of letting the story guide you, and you’re already starting to see the cracks in Gilead,” Moss says. “We know from the book that Gilead ends. So you know, at some point, you have to bring it to a close. If we can’t finish the story until Season 7 or 8 …” As she trails off, it’s suggested that it feels like “The Handmaid’s Tale” could easily wrap up in five seasons.

Moss cups a hand over her mouth. “I think so,” she whispers. “I just feel like with most shows, five is the sweet spot,” citing “The Wire” and “Breaking Bad” as examples.

Several weeks after this conversation, Moss calls from the backyard of her family’s home in the Chicago suburbs. “The Handmaid’s Tale” just earned 20 Emmy nominations, and Moss is, of course, thrilled. But she’s nearly as enthusiastic about finally buying that rug for her apartment, an act of commerce she had earlier guaranteed would not happen any time soon.

It was a huge accomplishment just to get it under the bed,Moss says, laughing. “You think June giving birth was hard? Getting the rug under that … bed was impossible.

TIFF to Screen Her Smell
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TIFF to Screen Her Smell

The Toronto Film Festival unveiled its 2018 Platform section for its upcoming 43rd edition in September, led by world premieres for films starring Nicole Kidman, Elisabeth Moss, Patricia Clarkson and Frank Grillo.

This year’s Platform lineup also includes four features (30%) directed or co-directed by women, and seven titles that feature strong women in leading roles. The wide-ranging slate features films from the Americas, Europe, and Asia, and all but two of the titles will be making their World Premiere at the festival.

Her Smell was written and directed by Alex Ross Perry and starred and produced by Elisabeth Moss

Elisabeth Moss stars as Becky Something, a maniacally destructive punk rock star and leader of the seminal all-female rock band Something She, who pushes her relationships with bandmates, family and followers to the limit as she wages a years long war against sobriety, while attempting to re-engage the creativity that had once led her band to massive crossover success. When a new, younger female band called The Akergirls, led by Cassie, bursts onto the scene, Becky becomes their mentor. With added responsibility and watching her former friend Zelda E. Zekial (Amber Heard) RISE to celebrity megastardom while her career falters, Becky falls deeper into her downward spiral, losing all ties with those she cares about most, including her young daughter and estranged husband Danny (Dan Stevens). It is only when Becky hits rock bottom that she begins to find her path to true redemption.

The cast also features Cara Delevingne, Dan Stevens, Amber Heard, Agyness Deyn, Gayle Rankin, Ashley Benson, Dylan Gelula, Virginia Madsen, and Eric Stoltz.

The Platform section sees up to 12 auteur films come into Toronto without Hollywood studio backing to compete for a $25,000 prize.

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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 stars on Max Richter’s Short Film

Elisabeth Moss stars on Max Richter new short film for his 2004 song “On the Nature of Daylight.

The clip was director by George Belfield, and shows Moss walking a long distance in emotional distress. “My work has been inspired by his music for so many years and not a day goes by on set where I don’t have Max’s music playing in my ears before a take,Moss said in a statement. “His music and my acting have gone hand in hand for a long time. So for me the opportunity to act to one of his most prolific pieces was such an incredible honor.

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