The Handmaid's Tale debuted on Hulu on Wednesday, April 26, breathing new life into both Margaret Atwood's brilliant work as well as, it seems, Alexis Bledel. Subsequent episodes will be released weekly.
The short synopsis for episode 1 posted on TV Guide reads, "The series premiere of a drama about a fertile woman who is forced into sexual servitude in a dystopian society with a plunging birthrate".
"When they slaughtered Congress, we didn't wake up", Moss is heard saying in the trailer of the show. In a recent interview with Bustle, the Gilmore Girls actress opened up about her role as Ofglen, hailing it the most "personal" part she'd taken on in her career. They want it to be cleaner. And now I'm totally obsessed with it! In fact, one night I got sleep.
"For me as an actor, I don't look for heroes".
Offred remembers her life before the regime and dreams of a better future. I also talked very extensively about sound design and how the sound would be heightened and become a very surreal soundscape - the kind of thing you play around a lot with in narrative features but you don't see often in TV. "I've gone without seeing films that I've done".
Hulu lacks the distribution of several other premium platforms, but the positive reviews and chatter surrounding "The Handmaid's Tale" already qualify as what feels like a breakthrough for the service. She wears a white bonnet, blood-red dress and a shroud of melancholy like a thick, suffocating blanket.
Margaret set up this world that is very graphic and visual by nature, and so it was great because we were able to take her concept and play with that and use it toward the look of the show, making it very graphic and compelling to watch.It's a meditation on how much of a woman's freedom can be connected to control of her reproductive rights.
Handmaids-and, seemingly, all women in Gilead-are kept mostly at home, though they can briefly gather and chat at the supermarket and the town square.
"Canada has been escaped to many times", said Atwood. We went closer toward what was written in the book.
It's an incredibly tricky role, but one which Elisabeth Moss pulls it off easily, despite rarely being able to rely on words to express her character's thoughts or feelings."That was the most challenging thing in the beginning, but also the thing that I loved the most and really wanted to get the chance to do", Moss tells TVGuide.com.
If you don't always get enough sleep (and that's, like, everyone), you know the puffy, dark-circle, undereye struggle is real.
DOWD: (As Aunt Lydia) I know this must feel very odd. I've only seen the first three episodes (the same three episodes that premiered on Hulu today), but I have a suspicion that Offred, played by Mad Men's Elisabeth Moss, will not be overthrowing anything. "I have to say, I really liked playing Ali because I can really identify with her as I also suffer from anxiety".
Following backlash online, and a gentle tweet from Atwood herself suggesting a little clarification might help and a "human rights definition" of feminism, Moss has since changed her stance.
Wiley: I think that they are all valid.