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Posted Friday 7/13/18 at 3:19PM EDT
Elisabeth Moss defends The Handmaid's Tale's divisive Season 2 finale: "It was the only choice for me"
"I don't want to fight from the outside," says Moss, offering a lengthy explanation for why the Season 2 finale makes sense. She adds of Season 3: "We are not trying to be dark or hopeful. We are concerned with the truth, emotionally and storytelling-wise, and telling the story of this handmaid in the most truthful way possible."
Posted Wednesday 7/11/18 at 1:35PM EDT
The Handmaid's Tale Season 2 finale defied logic
Calling the finale twist "transparently manufactured," Sophie Gilbert says: "The biggest problem throughout the two seasons of The Handmaid’s Tale has been that the show can’t quite find a way to unite its world-building ambitions with the constrained environment of (Margaret) Atwood’s book." She adds: "The TV adaptation, being set during a time of smartphones and pussy hats and instant messaging, can’t quite get to grips with how a repressive state like Gilead might coexist with 21st century America, which leads to logical fallacies like the one prompted by Oprah’s cameo in the 11th episode. The more the show offers scenes outside of June’s perspective, the more questions it raises. What’s happening in New York City? What about the West Coast? Are upwards of 300 million Americans really being governed by a theocracy of a dozen commanders in Boston? Where have all the celebrities gone? Which is perhaps why the series so often returns to its comfort zone—as frustrating as it might be for viewers, and as narratively incoherent."
- The Handmaid's Tale appears to be falling victim to the same problems that plague The Walking Dead
- Season 2 attempted to bend sympathies well beyond any conceivable breaking point
- The Handmaid’s Tale as a whole has become something of a slog, burdened by aimless plotting and a seemingly endless onslaught of trauma
- Maybe it's a good thing that The Handmaid's Tale is choosing the less interesting path forward
- It tried to have its traumatic past match up with our traumatic present, and only made itself messier as a result
- Season 2 strayed from one of the book's significant ideas: that Elisabeth Moss' June is ordinary
- Creator Bruce Miller: "There was incredible amount of push back from me and from everybody else"
- "I think there is a happy ending, and I don't think everything's always going to be terrible," says Miller
- Why does The Handmaid's Tale keep lending its name to awful merchandise?
- Margaret Atwood says in her Masterclass promo she didn't make up all the bad things in The Handmaid's Tale
Posted Tuesday 7/10/18 at 1:20PM EDT
The Handmaid's Tale launches a wine collection
Hulu has partnered with Lot18.com for red wines based on Elisabeth Moss and Alexis Bledel‘s characters, Offred and Ofglen. A white wine based on Yvonne Strahovski‘s Serena Joy will also be available.
Posted Wednesday 6/27/18 at 1:16PM EDT
The Handmaid's Tale got Oprah to make a voice cameo
Oprah Winfrey did indeed lend her voice to last night's episode of the Hulu series, playing a radio announcer in an uncredited cameo. "We'd heard Oprah was a fan of the show, and had a story idea, and thought, wouldn’t it be wonderful if... . So we asked and she said yes, and it was a lovely, easy process," The Handmaid's Tale creator/showrunner Bruce Miller said in a statement. "The radio segment she recorded was inspired by the free radio of the Allies from WW2. It was an absolute honor to have Oprah featured on the show, and especially thrilling as she was the one who presented us with the Emmy last year." In April, Elisabeth Moss recalled a "silent freak-out moment" of Oprah asking her questions about the show in early 2017, before filming a drama actress roundtable. "She was in the dressing room next to me and she kept popping back into the room to ask questions about the show or to make comments or ask what was coming up for a specific character," said Moss. ALSO: Oprah's cameo was the rallying cry the show needed.
Posted Wednesday 4/25/18 at 10:49PM EDT
The Handmaid's Tale Season 2 is as good as ever in making you feel bad
"The new season begins at the gallows and visits a slaughterhouse, a gulag, and various torture chambers before the second episode is through," says Willa Paskin. "In its first few episodes it transforms itself into a thriller, and the ratcheting tension makes it more difficult to watch than ever. And yet as the horrors mount and mount, as I felt sicker and sicker, I kept thinking of This Is Us, NBC’s hit family drama and cathartic cryfest about the essential decency and OK-ness of multicultural, liberal America in the age of Trump. Like This Is Us, though milking anxiety instead of tears, The Handmaid’s Tale deftly makes you feel sad, at a time when feeling sad feels kind of good, or at least right. Moreover, The Handmaid’s Tale suggests all this suffering has an end date: It won’t go on forever, just for as long as The Handmaid’s Tale is on the air. Revolution is just three, or four, or five seasons away."
- Season 2 is very, very good, something that seemed unimaginable without Margaret Atwood's material
- This season invites even more panicked second-guessing of our own world
- Season 2 is the inverse of Season 1, leaning into all-consuming anguish
- Having The Handmaid's Tale become The Handmaid's Tales is actually a great idea
- Season 2 aims to be reflective of the Trump administration
- Season 2 has made Elisabeth Moss a stronger person: "Having to say my own ideas, having to go up against people, having to argue, has definitely brought out, I think, a bit of a strength in me that I didn’t know that I had"
- Alexis Bledel on Emily's horrifying fate
- Seven ways Season 2 reflects America's prejudices and passive compliance
Posted Thursday 1/25/18 at 10:20AM EST
Elisabeth Moss helped get Cherry Jones to play her mom on The Handmaid’s Tale
"Cherry was my fantasy choice (for the part),” Moss says of the 24 alum. “I sent her the script, she wrote me a lovely email back and she said yes almost immediately.”
Posted Monday 1/15/18 at 6:31AM EST
Elisabeth Moss: The Handmaid’s Tale Season 2 is a few shades darker than Season 1, “if that’s possible”
“So much of this season is about motherhood,” Moss said at the TV press tour. “We’ve talked a lot about the impending birth of the child that’s growing inside of her as a bit of a ticking time bomb, The complications are really wonderful to explore. She does have the baby, but it gets taken away from her. She can’t be its mother. It makes for good drama.” ALSO: Margaret Atwood took to Twitter to respond to backlash over her #MeToo op-ed.
Posted Friday 9/08/17 at 11:02PM EDT
Top of the Lake: China Girl feels like a sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale
The second season of the Jane Campion series not only shares Elisabeth Moss with The Handmaid’s Tale, but also a similar theme. As Willa Paskin notes, “Though it is set in present day Australia, not a dystopic near future, the series, which airs over three nights on Sundance Channel beginning Sunday, is concerned to an almost eerie degree with the same themes as The Handmaid’s Tale, including sexism as tangible as a punch in the face, a female underclass whose members are valued for their wombs, and the permutations of biological and adoptive motherhood.”
PLUS: Elisabeth Moss has become the best actress on TV, Moss has become the vessel for cultural misogyny thanks to all her TV roles, and Gwendoline Christie’s role is the opposite of Brienne of Tarth.
Posted Thursday 8/17/17 at 10:16PM EDT
Elisabeth Moss responds after a fan asked if The Handmaid's Tale made her “think twice about Scientology
In a rare comment on her religion, Moss responded to an Instagram commenter, saying: “That’s actually not true at all about Scientology. Religious freedom and tolerance and understanding the truth and equal rights for every race, religion and creed are extremely important to me. The most important things to me probably. And so Gilead and THT hit me on a very personal level. Thanks for the interesting question!” PLUS: The Handmaid’s Tale promotes Amanda Brugel to series regular.