Fly Away Home director Carroll Ballard, “after the first take of the first shot of the first scene,” actor Jeff Daniels recalled, “walked up and said, ‘Don’t act,’ then turned and walked away.”
Daniels, star of Hulu’s The Looming Tower, joined other Hulu stars, Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale), Mindy Kaling (The Mindy Project) and Andre Holland (Castle Rock), to share which character they have played is most like them in real life. Daniels obviously chose his Fly Away Home character Thomas Alden, who along with his daughter (Anna Paquin) led an orphaned flock of geese south for the winter.
Holland chose his character Dr. Algernon Edwards of The Knick as most similar to him, because “he’s very introspective. He’s quietly confident. He works really hard, and deep down he’s a really kind person and cares about his work and the people around him.”
Moss identifies with none other than Handmaid’s Offred (June). “It’s something that I’ve put a lot of myself into and feel a great responsibility in playing.”
“I have happily never played a character that was all that much like me,” Kaling told THR. “Again, it is a very limited list of people. I’ve played Ben Affleck, Kelly Kapoor in The Office and Mindy Lahiri. If I was like any of those three people, I think I would be in trouble.”