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Elisabeth Moss on The Handmaid’s Tale: ‘This is happening in real life. Wake up people’

Elisabeth Moss on The Handmaid’s Tale: ‘This is happening in real life. Wake up people’
Don’t say a word... Elisabeth Moss in The Handmaid’s Tale.
(Photograph: Take Five/Hulu)

The dystopian thriller written by Margaret Atwood rendered in a series from, “The Handmaid’s Tale,” has returned with a second season, and the new season is even more terrifying.

Elisabeth Moss, playing the character of Offred/June Osborn, shared that she wants to experience the frightening effects of the age of fear.  [The Refinery]

The Refinery quotes Elizabeth Moss, “In the book, Margaret calls it the new normal, it’s a line that Aunt Lydia says – this will all be normal to you one day. That’s scary to me.”

The second season has intensified and heightened the frightening aspects of the show and the star cum producer Elisabeth Moss wants to share her message, a message urging her audience to ‘Wake up’. According to her the dystopian tale, now, doesn’t seem to be too far off from reality. [Harper Bazaar]

The 35-year old actress, Moss spoke to The Guardian about the show: “I hate hearing that someone couldn’t watch it because it was too scary. Not because I care about whether or not they watch my TV show; I don’t give a s**t. 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.’”

The series is a televised version of Margaret Atwood’s 1984 book “The Handmaid’s Tale”.

Anne Cohen from The Refinery wrote that the series is, “a heightened version of the elements that made season 1 frightening.”

The fear has been building up in the first season but the star now wants to explore the themes of fear used in the series with even more intensity. “The Handmaid’s Tale,” had been disturbing in the first season but the second season is one point up in its scale of violence. The audiences have already witnessed forced servitude, ritualized sexual assault, and indiscriminate murder in its first season and now they are open to the heightening frights, which have been rendered especially difficult to watch. [The Refinery]

The Guardian quotes Samira Wiley, who plays Moira in the series, “We knew that we were doing something important. We knew that we were making something with a lot of integrity. But we definitely didn’t mean for it to be that timely and that relevant.”

The series, “The Handmaid’s Tale,” based on the themes of an authoritarian Gilead, feels particularly significant now with everything happening around. The television adaptation of Atwood’s book narrating the dystopia was sweeping the charts of every award ceremony. The show has not been restricted to the domains of performing arts or literature but has been extended to a social phenomenon too with the protesters across US dressing up as handmaid’s demonstrating a symbol of resistance. The uniforms of Handmaid’s have been used by protesters demonstrating at courthouses, on marches even in Hollywood. [The Guardian]


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