“For me it’s not a feminist story, it’s a human story because women’s rights are human rights,” said Elisabeth Moss at the world premiere of her Hulu series “The Handmaid’s Tale” at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 21. Adapted from the famed 1985 novel of the same name by Margaret Atwood, it stars Moss as Offred, who lives in a theocratic society in the near future where fertile women like her are forced to bear children for powerful men. This comes after Moss spent seven seasons playing another woman who lived in world that restricted women’s rights, Peggy Olson in “Mad Men.”
But Moss pushed back on the idea that either character is a feminist. She explained, “They’re women, and they’re humans. Offred is a wife, a mother, a best friend, she has a job. She is a person who is not supposed to be a hero, and she falls into it. She does what she has to do to survive to find her daughter. It’s about love, honestly. I never approach anything with any sort of political agenda. I approach it from a very human place.”
“The Handmaid’s Tale” starts streaming on Hulu on April 26, when the first three episodes will be made available to subscribers. The rest of the 10-episode season will then be released in subsequent weeks. Watch Moss’s complete comments above about whether the series is a feminist work, and decide for yourself when it debuts this week.
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