Elisabeth Moss on "Clinical" 'Handmaid's Tale' Rape Scenes: "There's Nothing Sexual About It" | Drama Actress Roundtable

"If you were being sexually assaulted on a regular basis, and you knew there was nothing you could do about it, what would you do?"

"Quite simply, I just sort of thought, what would one do in this situation?" Elisabeth Moss told The Hollywood Reporter during the Drama Actress Roundtable while discussing how she prepared for the rape scenes in Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale. "If you were being sexually assaulted on a regular basis, and you knew there was nothing you could do about it, what would you do? There's no escape, and you can't fight back, so I thought, she would probably try not to be there."

"In the shooting of it, it was really important for us to have it be extremely clinical, mechanical. There's nothing sexual remotely about it," Moss described the scenes she shares with actors Joseph Fiennes and Yvonne Strahovski. "No one is enjoying this. All three parties are in a terrible place."

"I'm not precious about that kind of thing at all," said Moss on how her Mad Men success influences which roles she takes. "I wouldn't necessarily play a copywriter in the '60s anytime soon," she joked. "I look for good writing. I look for people that are better than me to work with, so I can try to be better and get better."

More roundtables featuring comedy and drama actresses, actors, showrunners and reality creators will continue through July in print and online. Tune in to new episodes of Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter starting May 25 on Sundance TV, and look for clips at THR.com/topic/roundtables with full episodes on THR.com after broadcast.

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