Why 'Handmaid's Tale's' Margaret Atwood Always Brings Her Purse Onstage

The Canadian novelist learned the same lesson as Naomie Harris at the 2017 Oscars when the actress misplaced her purse while onstage with the 'Moonlight' team.
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Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood may be famous for writing The Handmaid's Tale, on which the Emmy-winning Hulu series is based, but after a string of recent appearances, the Canadian novelist is becoming known for always carrying her purse with her onstage at awards shows.

Atwood, 77, and her black shoulder bag appeared at Sept. 17's Emmy Awards, Oct. 15's Frankfurt Book Fair (where she picked up the Peace Prize) in Germany and PEN Center USA's Literary Awards Festival on Oct. 27 in Beverly Hills.

According to a source close to the author, ever since Atwood's passport went missing from her purse — necessitating a Canadian Embassy stop for a new passport before the Emmys — she refuses to leave her bag at her seat, a lesson Naomie Harris learned at the 2017 Oscars when she misplaced her purse while onstage with the Moonlight team during the best picture fiasco.

The Hollywood Reporter reached out to a Hulu rep for comment from Atwood but has yet to hear back.

This story first appeared in the Nov. 8 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

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