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Elisabeth Moss, star of the Emmy-nominated The Handmaid’s Tale, paid tribute Wednesday to Margaret Atwood, the Canadian author whose sci-fi novel was adapted for the popular Hulu drama.
“Thank you, Margaret, for enriching the world with your talents and your work, and the opportunity to be part of that,” Moss told Atwood after she read from the 1985 dystopian novel as part of the launch of the Audible audiobook service in Canada during the Toronto Film Festival.
“If The Handmaid’s Tale really happens down in your country, you’re welcome to flee here,” Atwood later joked with Audible founder and CEO Don Katz while attending the reading at Toronto’s iconic Union Station. The breakout Hulu series, which nabbed 13 Emmy nominations, including best actress for Moss, has drawn parallels among viewers with Donald Trump’s America.
Launched just as the Trump presidency got under way, The Handmaid’s Tale included plot points like all-female street protests that mirrored today’s real-world news cycle. The Handmaid’s Tale, both in Atwood’s book and the Hulu series, captured a totalitarian society where infertility has skyrocketed and women are renamed and made to serve as sex slaves, or handmaids, for the ruling elite.
Moss, who stars as Offred, one of the handmaids, is also at TIFF this week to tout a star turn in the Swedish film The Square. She is set to restart production on the second season of The Handmaid’s Tale in Toronto.
“I’m privileged as an actor to be able to perform characters that are born in the minds of gifted authors like Margaret Atwood,” Moss said in remarks after the reading.
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