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Elisabeth Moss is not an actress who many would consider to be a household name despite her roles in some really big television shows such as The West Wing, Mad Men and The Handmaid’s Tale. Her career in the film industry is not as prestigious as her TV career but a movie she is starring in recently made its premiere at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). The film is called Her Smell and, in an interview with Variety, she talked about the movie as well as Mad Men and The Handmaid’s Tale.
Here is what Elisabeth Moss had to say about the research she did for her role in Her Smell:
“I read a lot about that era of punk music. In the ’80s and ’90s, there were actually a bunch of incredible female punk artists and bands as part of this riot girl movement. I didn’t try to emulate any one person, but Alex says there’s a lot of Axl Rose in her and that he’s an inspiration.”
“She’s an addict, so I spoke to a few people who will remain anonymous about what it’s like to be addicted to drugs. You can look on YouTube to see how you behave if you take a particular drug, but the most interesting thing that someone told me was this idea that the drugs stop working at some point. You’re always chasing a high, and you can’t take enough to get to the same place, so you just take more and more.”
Mad Men was a really important show for Elisabeth Moss but she was non-committal when it came to a revival of Mad Men:
“I’d love to do anything that [creator] Matt Weiner writes, but it would be a different show. That series was about this group of people living in a very specific era. I guess never say never, but I think the show ended pretty well. Sometimes it’s best to leave the party before everybody wants to kick you out.”
The Handmaid’s Tale
Elisabeth Moss also gave some brief comments about why fans of The Handmaid’s Tale have embraced the show to the extent they have:
“The material is incredibly relevant. It’s tapping into a feeling of anxiety and frustration that’s really out there right now in this political moment.”
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