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Elisabeth Moss Talks Season Two of The Handmaid’s Tale and its Connection to Gilmore Girls

ParedeElisabeth Moss, the former Mad Men actress, 35, returns to her Emmy-winning role in the critically acclaimed Hulu series The Handmaid’s Tale—based on Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel—when it returns for its second season April 25.

What’s going on with your character, June/Offred, in season two?

She has this ticking time bomb, her pregnancy, that we deal with all season. In a way, it’s a beautiful thing from her love affair with Nick [Max Minghella]; but at the same time, she knows that [her child] will be taken away from her at birth.

Even though Offred’s not in a position of power, the fact that she can have a baby means she has an ability to which other women aspire.

Absolutely. What everyone wants most is a healthy child. That is going to create a bond, a link, between Serena [Yvonne Strahovski] and June that isn’t necessarily a good thing, but it’s there. June is carrying something that Serena wants very badly. I can’t say how that manifests itself, but it’s something all the characters are highly aware of the entire season.

What do fans say to you?

The thing that means the most to me is that [the show] gives them strength, or bravery. This show is very dark, and those moments are distracting sometimes because they’re so brutal. But I do think that the idea is how you rise above that brutality that is grinding you down.

Your biggest challenge right now?

Getting enough sleep. I know that’s probably lame, because I have such a wonderful, privileged life. But sometimes sleep is a bit of a struggle. When I’m working, I get an average of five or six hours, so it’s not good.

After seven seasons of Mad Men, did you have to be convinced to sign on for another series?

When I got the script, I was in Australia, shooting a second season of Top of the Lake, and it was more of a, “Damn, I’m going to have to do this.” I didn’t think I’d sign on to another show so quickly, but I was like, “I’m not going to be able to say no to this. I’m going to have to do it.”

The thing that finally pushed it over the edge was the idea of anyone else doing the role, and how jealous I would be if anyone else got to do it. For actors, that often pushes you over the edge. It’s a good sign. That’s what you look for. I asked to see the second episode, and the second episode was even better than the first one, and then I knew.

How will Offred evolve in season two? Does her inner rebel come out, or is she going to drink the Kool-Aid a little bit?

Her inner rebel is extremely present, especially in the beginning of the season. We love to give her some hard knocks. Her challenges are nowhere near over. I think that there is a certain amount of finding what the resistance is for her, and finding out that, ultimately, resistance starts within you and there are many different ways to resist.

I think that the ways she maybe hoped or thinks that she could resist don’t always work out and you have to find other paths. Just when you think we’ve done enough to her, we do more, and she has to rise above that. It makes her a stronger person, but it is very challenging.

What else can you tease about the coming season?

We’re going to get into the colonies, which is really exciting. We worked really hard on that to make sure that it was as epic, dark and scary as we could make it. This is promised in the book. You’ll see Little America, Canada and the refugees, and how two characters over there, Luke [O-T Fagbenle] and Moira [Samira Wiley], are dealing with that.

Ofglen [Alexis Gilmore Girls Bledel] is back. I can’t say what she’s doing or where she is, but she is back and we do get to see a bit more of her life pre-Gilead, as well as some other characters’ flashbacks that we haven’t seen before. We love our flashbacks. We love showing where these characters were before, how they got to Gilead, or how they got to the present.

Of course, there is still the search for Hannah [Jordana Blake] and wanting to make sure her daughter is OK. There are a lot of very heavy issues that June’s dealing with as a mother.

As well, there is the whole Nick versus Luke conundrum, which we will get into. Then there are 9 million other things that I can’t tell you.

Do you think that the controversies of the Trump presidency, especially about women, made the show more topical?

I’ve had that question asked a lot, and it’s so hard to answer because we can’t predict an alternate future of what would have happened if it wasn’t a Trump presidency. I have heard some really interesting conversations about it.

A lot of the stuff that we talk about on the show comes from the book that Margaret Atwood wrote, and lots of what we do on the show—such as genital mutilation storyline—and there is a storyline coming up in season two that is very much an international issue.

That stuff is still present. That stuff has, unfortunately, been around for a long time, and will, unfortunately, continue to be. There are things that I think would have been relevant regardless, but at the same time, I think the reason why the show spoke to people is because the people felt like they needed a voice before Trump was elected and then certainly afterwards.

There is definitely a sense of tapping into the culture at a certain time that has been really interesting for us.

Do you wake up and pinch yourself in the morning and say, “I can’t believe the attention this show and I have gotten. It’s just incredible.”

It’s pretty crazy. It really is. It’s not something you think you’d get used to. I spend six months of the year working on the show in Toronto. I work with an incredible crew, an incredible cast, but it’s not glamorous, it’s not fancy, you know? We work 60, 70, 80 hours a week. We joke around.

We get excited when the cheese and cracker tray comes by. Like, that’s the highlight of the day. All of this is something that you almost forget about, because you’re just so absorbed in making the best show possible. That’s the most important thing. I actually really value that because it is very centering and grounding.

Then you come to L.A. and you meet all these nice people, and all these fancy celebrities, and everyone says nice things to you. All of a sudden you learn that Patrick Stewart or Gary Oldman is watching the show. You’re like, “I cannot believe Patrick Stewart knows who I am.”  There is definitely that element of it that is surprising. You forget about the outside world when you’re working.

In the six months you weren’t doing The Handmaid’s Tale, you managed to film The Seagull, in theaters May 11.

I play Masha in The Seagull. It’s a wonderful cast. There is Saoirse Ronan, who is doing all right for herself, and Annette Bening, who is spectacular. It’s a really, really great cast.

Michael Mayer directs it. Adapting Chekhov is always a challenge, but we had an incredible script by Stephen Karam, who is a playwright. We wanted it to be a faithful adaptation of a Chekhov play; we also wanted it to be a good movie.

I’m very proud of it. I ran into Annette Bening in Toronto, and she was so excited about the movie. That was cool because Annette Bening has good taste. I’m excited for people to see it. It’s very different than anything I’ve done.

What do you love about being an actor?

It’s so many things. Why an artist loves what they do is often so hard to describe. Why a musician loves playing jazz, or classical music, or what makes them happy, and why an artist likes to paint. It’s so hard to actually put into words what that feeling is of joy that we get, but that is what I get, a feeling of joy when the camera is rolling, even if I’m doing something that is not joyous.

I also love the collaborative aspect of it. Ever since I was 15, when I did my first movie by myself, where my mom wasn’t there and I had a guardian, I got to know the crew, and I got to be part of a group and a family. I love that part of it, the friendships that you make.

Then producing has been a whole other wonderful addition to everything. It has only made me appreciate the acting so much more. It has only, I feel, made my experience of acting so much deeper.

The best advice you’ve received?  

Clichés are clichés because they’re true, so for me, to be true to yourself, to be true to your own ideas of what success is and who you want to be, and to not be anybody else’s version of that. I think it’s very important to do things the way you want to do them and be true to yourself, your own goals, and your own ideals.

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‘The Seagull” to premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival

The Seagull will be screened at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival on April 21st in New York City. It was announced on the official website recently.

Adapted by Tony Award®-winning playwright Stephen Karam and directed by Tony Award®-winning director Michael Mayer, this exquisite adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s classic The Seagull finds a group of friends and family gathered for a seemingly jovial weekend in the countryside. But under the surface, Nina (Saoirse Ronan) pines desperately for Irina’s (Annette Benning) partner Boris (Corey Stoll), a celebrated playwright. Meanwhile, Masha (Elisabeth Moss) fights a battle with her own unrequited love.

This layered saga about art, fame, family, and human folly plays out with claustrophobic intensity, as the lives of friends, families, and lovers, all living under the same roof, become entangled. The Seagull’s cast of celebrated performers brings fresh perspective to these beloved, complicated characters. Rich with feeling, this tragicomedy asks timeless questions about how best to live a purposeful life and, more importantly, how to love.

–Mara Webster

The USA release date is on May 11.

 

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The Seagull to be realesed in may

It was announced by Playbill that “The Seagull” will be released in May, but with no exact date yet. Read their report below:

The screen adaptation of Chekhov’s The Seagull, directed by Tony winner Michael Mayer, will be released by Sony Pictures Classics on a date to be announced in May. The film stars Annette Bening, Saoirse Ronan, Elisabeth Moss, and Corey Stoll.

The movie, which was filmed in 2015 in New York, features a script by Stephen Karam, who won a Tony for his play The Humans. The playwright also adapted another Chekhov play, The Cherry Orchard, which played Broadway in 2016.

Ronan and Bening take on the central roles of aspiring actor Nina and the fading Arkadina, with Tony nominee and Emmy winner Elisabeth Moss Moss as Masha, Stoll as Trigorin, Mare Winningham as Polina, and Brian Dennehy as Sorin as well as Jon Tenney, Michael Zegen, Glenn Fleshler, and Billy Howle.

The film, which is produced by Jay Franke, David Herro, Robert Salerno, Tom Hulce, and Leslie Urdang, features costumes by Oscar winner Ann Roth.

 

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Elisabeth Moss Joins Tiffany Haddish, Melissa McCarthy in Mob Drama ‘The Kitchen’
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Elisabeth Moss Joins Tiffany Haddish, Melissa McCarthy in Mob Drama ‘The Kitchen’

VARIETY – Elisabeth Moss will star with Melissa McCarthy and Tiffany Haddish in the mob drama “The Kitchen” for New Line Cinema and DC Entertainment.

Straight Outta Compton” writer Andrea Berloff will direct from her own script, based on the comic book series by Ollie Masters and Ming Doyle from DC Entertainment’s Vertigo imprint. The movie will mark Berloff’s feature directorial debut. Michael De Luca is producing the film.

The Kitchen” is a classic gangster pic that follows a group of Irish mobsters sent to prison. The wives take over their jailed spouses’ organized crime operation to become the most ruthless and powerful gangsters in 1970s Hell’s Kitchen. Moss will play the wife of an abusive husband who adapts to the violence of her new life. “The Kitchen” hits theaters on Sept. 20, 2019.

Moss won a Golden Globes and Emmy for her role on Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” which will soon debut its second season. She is best known for her TV work on “Mad Men” and “Top of the Lake.” She was in the Oscar best foreign language film nominee “The Square” and will next be seen in Sony Pictures Classics’ “The Seagull.”

Moss is repped by WME, the U.K.’s Independent, and Ribisi Entertainment.

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Saoirse Ronan and Elisabeth Moss Tackle Love and Heartbreak in ‘The Seagull’ Trailer
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Saoirse Ronan and Elisabeth Moss Tackle Love and Heartbreak in ‘The Seagull’ Trailer

VARIETY – The newly released trailer for “The Seagull” features Saoirse RonanElisabeth Moss, and Annette Bening in a lovestruck frenzy at their quiet country residence during the summer.

Directed by Michael Mayer and based on the play by Anton Chekhov, “The Seagull” is a period piece set in the 1800s that follows the comically intertwining love affairs between family members and their visitors at their lakeside Russian estate.

The trailer opens with guests arriving on the countryside, as Billy Howle’s character professes his love for Ronan’s whimsical country girl. “Even the thought of her makes my heart race,” he says before cutting to a sweet embrace between the pair.

Soon, however, a famous new visitor arrives and sparks a love triangle as Ronan’s character is overcome with starstruck infatuation for Corey Stoll’s celebrity.

“He’s so famous! He looked young,” she exclaims to her current lover, who replies, “He is young, and accomplished. Don’t remind me.”

The rest of the footage flashes between a series of expressions of love and frustration from the friends, whom are all in love with the wrong person.

“Remember all the laughter and the noise? And the love affairs. So many love affairs,” Bening’s character says.

The trailer ends with Moss, who appears to also lust after the family’s famed guest, proclaiming, “I’m going to tear this love out of my heart!” When someone asks how, she replies, “I’ll get married.”

Stephen Karam adapted the screenplay for the film, which hits theaters May 11.

 

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Elisabeth Moss attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards

On March 04, Elisabeth Moss attended the 90th Annual Academy Awards. She was there with the team of “The Square” , which received a Foreign Language Film Nomination.

Elisabeth was gorgeous in gold accented  pink frock by Dior.

Appearances & Public Events > 2018 > March 4 │ 90th Annual Academy Awards – Arrivals

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Elisabeth Moss to Star in ‘A Letter From Rosemary Kennedy’
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Elisabeth Moss to Star in ‘A Letter From Rosemary Kennedy’

The biopic about John F. Kennedy’s troubled sister is directed by Ritesh Batra and is based on a Black List spec script.

The Handmaid’s Tale star Elisabeth Moss is set to star as Rosemary Kennedy in director Ritesh Batra’s A Letter From Rosemary Kennedy.

The film, based on a Black List spec script by Nick Yarborough, portrays the story of John F. Kennedy’s troubled older sister, Rosemary Kennedy, who was kept from public view and eventually institutionalized. Rose Marie (also known as “Rosemary”) Kennedy, the daughter of Joseph Kennedy Sr. and Rose Fitzgerald, showed signs of mental disability that the family kept hidden.

When she was 23, Rosemary was one of the first people to receive a prefrontal lobotomy, but its failure left her permanently incapacitated.

“The movies about the Kennedy family are deservedly stormy affairs, but here’s a story about the storms within all of us. This is why I am excited to tell this story, and to collaborate with Elisabeth, a fabulously talented actor,” Batra said in a statement.

The producer credits on A Letter from Rosemary Kennedy are shared by Jason Michael Berman of Mandalay Pictures, Kevin Turen of Guy Grand Productions and Moss. Richard Arlook, Allard Cantor and Jarrod Murray will executive produce.

“We are thrilled to be bringing this poignant and true story to life based on one of the hidden gems of the Kennedy family, with a masterful filmmaker in Ritesh Batra, the brilliant Elisabeth Moss and a beautifully crafted screenplay by Nick Yarborough,” Berman and Turen said in their own statement.

Mister Smith Entertainment is handling international sales and is set to unveil the film to foreign buyers at the Berlin International Film Festival. Endeavor Content is selling North American rights.

Moss is also set to star in the reproductive rights drama Call Jane, which will be directed by Simon Curtis and is slated to begin production later this year, and as a punk rocker in Alex Ross Perry’s Her Smell for Bow and Arrow Entertainment.

Moss is repped by WME, Ribisi Entertainment and Independent Talent Group in the U.K.

The Hollywood Reporter.

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Elisabeth Moss to play punk rocker in ‘Her Smell’
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Elisabeth Moss to play punk rocker in ‘Her Smell’

Elisabeth Moss has lined up her third collaboration with Alex Ross Perry and will play a punk rocker in Her Smell.

Moss previously was front and center in Perry’s “Queen of Earth,” where she acted opposite Katherine Waterston.

Moss will star as Becky Something, a maniacally destructive punk rock star who pushes her relationships with those around her to the limit. “Her Smell” follows Becky as she wages a years-long war against sobriety while attempting to lead her band to crossover success. Production on “Her Smell” is set to begin this spring with Bow and Arrow Entertainment producing.

“With ‘Her Smell,’ Alex has crafted another fantastic piece filled with memorable characters,” said Bow and Arrow’s Adam Perniciaro said in a statement. “The film represents his continued evolution as one of our most important emerging cinematic voices. We are so excited to see this story about powerful, talented, beautifully flawed yet heroically unapologetic women come to life.”

Her Smell” will be Perry’s follow-up to “Golden Exits,” which premiered at Sundance in 2017 and will hit theaters February 9. Moss will be back on television when “The Handmaid’s Tale” Season 2 premieres April 25.

IndieWire 

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