Max Minghella Q&A: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’
When asked during our recent webcam chat (watch the exclusive video above) about the instant success of “The Handmaid’s Tale,” Max Minghella divulges, “I think the original piece of literature has sustained itself and endured for a long time, because it’s an amazing piece of literature, and then in the recent months, it’s just become increasingly pertinent text.” Based on the novel by Margaret Atwood, this Hulu original series centers on a woman (Elisabeth Moss) who is forced to become a concubine for a wealthy family in a dystopian society. Minghella plays Nick, a driver for the estate whose motives remain murky.
Minghella describes the world of the show as a, “patriarchy on steroids.” He reveals that the election of Donald Trump occurred, “almost halfway through our shoot,” which added an extra bit of relevancy to the story. “I would say on just a personal level, it’s an odd thing to kind of work in that environment… and then see that environment reflected in the real world. It really does feel quite surreal.”
The son of Oscar-winning director Anthony Minghella (“The English Patient”), Minghella has made a name for himself as an actor in just a few short years. He competed at the SAG Awards as Best Ensemble for “The Social Network” (2010), and has had roles in “Syriana” (2005), “The Ides of March” (2011), and “The Mindy Project.” Check out our full interview above for more about his work in “The Handmaid’s Tale.”