I have several problems with this article in The Guardian entitled “Elizabeth Moss on The Handmaid’s Tale: “This is happening in real life, wake up people!” not least of which is the bullshit headline, but there is also the amusing assertion by the creators of the show that they have extra security on set in Toronto to “[keep out] any fundamentalist groups who might object to [the shows] themes. My only response to this is “lol”. I live in Toronto, the most diverse city in the world and I can assure you there are no “fundamentalists” attempting to storm the gates of any film sets. On the other hand they have code-named the set Rocket Woman. Thank god they didn’t name it “Red Rocket Women” or they would seriously be at risk for assault by disgruntled TTC patrons over the age of 65.
I was asked a few times if I thought Elizabeth Moss’ adherence to Scientology had impacted her Handmaids performance. When I read Moss’ comments on Trump’s teachers-should-have-lethal-weapons initiative in The Guardian, I decide to reevaluate my opinion of her. She says : “When I heard that I got chills[.] Because I’m on set with a man pretending to hold a machine gun, in a situation that he just shouldn’t have one in.” Okay? Does anyone think that an actor holding a replica gun is the same as a grade 1 teacher packing heat in the classroom?
By the way Liz, he should have a “machine gun” because it’s in the script.
“She [Moss] has no tolerance, however, for people who find the show itself frightening. “I hate hearing that someone couldn’t watch it because it was too scary,” she says. “Not because I care about whether or not they watch my TV show; I don’t give a shit. But I’m like, ‘Really? You don’t have the balls to watch a TV show? This is happening in your real life. Wake up, people. Wake up.’”
I think Moss gives a lot of shits, perhaps all of them. And no, ‘this’ is not happening in the west, at all. Not even a little bit. Women have been on the rise for sometime, as the very existence of Handmaids, and Moss’ entire career, demonstrate.
You may think I’m being really mean, but I do think Moss is a great performer. I am the sort of person who can love an artists’ work and still think the individual is a fucking idiot. The naivety and skepticism Moss brought to her role on Mad Men as Peggy Olsen was virtuosic. She made Peggy both commendable and fallable: a real woman. Her performance on Handmaids is good too, I just don’t want to listen to her say anything unscripted ever again.