Premiere, a society facing environmental disaster ruled by a regime that treats women as property of the state on April 26th, 2017
by Gabrielle Pantera
HOLLYWOOD, CA (Hollywood Daily Stars) 2017/04/26 – “For me, this role is an incredible opportunity to delve a bit deeper,” says Handmaids Tale star Alexis Bledel. “Ofglen is an incredibly complex character. She had her life, of course, outside of Gilead, which was complete. She had a family and a job and a whole reality that was stripped away from her, and now she’s essentially enslaved, she’s a prisoner, and is living with an incredible amount of tension. And that is running underneath every scene. So, it’s an incredibly rich role for me to get to play. And I still can’t believe I get to do it.”
“I had read the book years ago, but not enough to enough to know I loved it, but not enough to remember the details, which was great because I was able to read the scripts,” says Handmaids Tale star Elisabeth Moss. “I read the first two when I was offered the part, and I was able to read them from a really, sort of, objective viewpoint, not comparing it directly to the novel, and that way, I was able to see that I was still incredibly taken and interested in the story and still felt like it was something that I would have wanted to see. I selfishly said yes because I couldn’t stand the idea of anyone else doing it, you know. I had to do it. So, then, now I’ve read it like ten times. I have a very, like, dog eared copy of it.”
“So much of this story is about power and the shifting back and forth of it as well,” says Moss. “One of the things I found most interesting about Offred, June, what she does to gain power and to try to survive and to try to gain some power back into this world. Instead of actually leaning away from being a woman and her sexuality, she actually really leans into it. She starts to use it to hopefully get out and hopefully find her daughter. And, then again, there are times when that’s taken away from her. She gains a little bit, and then it’s taken back.”
“She will never ultimately be in power,” says Moss. “But, we were talking about it. We were doing a scene, literally Thursday, about how in a way, just being who she is and being a woman in this world and being where she is, sometimes she actually does have a power, especially with the commander. It’s a very big part of the plot that at some point she figures that out and at some point she starts to use it.”
In The Handmaid’s Tale, Elisabeth Moss is Offred, a Handmaid in the Commander’s household. She is one of the few remaining fertile women. The story develops in a totalitarian society, formerly United States. They are facing environmental disaster. Gilead is ruled by a fundamentalism in its militarized regime that treats women as property of the state. Offred is forced into sexual servitude as a last desperate attempt to repopulate the world. She must survive and find the daughter that was taken from her.
Joseph Fiennes is The Commander, Offred’s master. When she is at the right point in her menstrual cycle she must have sex with him.
Yvonne Strahovski is Serena Joy, the Commander’s wife. She is a former gospel singer and advocate for traditional values. She sits behind Offred holding her hands while her husband rapes her.
O-T Fagbenle is Luke, the married man who Offred had an affair with in the old world. He divorced his wife and married Offred, and they had a child together. They took their daughter and attempted to flee across the border into Canada, but they were caught and separated from one another, and Offred has seen neither her husband nor her daughter since.
Samira Wiley is Moira, is Offred’s best friend, . Offred and Luke. She’s brought to the Red Center. She escapes, and Offred does not know what becomes of her.
Alexis Bledel is Ofglen, another Handmaid. Offred takes shopping trips with her. They visit the Wall outside what used to be Harvard University.
Based on the novel of the same name by Margaret Atwood. In 1990 there’s also a featured film base on the novel.
The Handmaid’s Tale cast:
- Elisabeth Moss as Offred
- Joseph Fiennes as The Commander
- Yvonne Strahovski as Serena Joy
- Samira Wiley as Moira
- Max Minghella as Nick
- Alexis Bledel as Ofglen
- O-T Fagbenle as Luke
An MGM Television production. Created, executive produced and written by Bruce Miller. Executive producers Warren Littlefield, Daniel Wilson and Fran Sears, and Ilene Chaiken.
MGM is an American media company that produces and distributes feature films and television programs.