Needless to say, Offred is a career stretch for Moss, who remains best known as proto-feminist copywriter Peggy Olson on the advertising drama "Mad Men," and who initially caught the audience's eye as First Daughter Zoey Bartlet on "The West Wing." "I had no interest in it just being a title card," she says, "and I was extremely lucky.
They listened to me and asked my advice on things in a way that I didn't expect.
I've got lists on my phone for actors I might like to cast!" "I was definitely one of those actors who did not enjoy watching myself," she confides.
And it allowed me to let go of that preciousness about my own performance and view things based on what's best for the show." The tone of "The Handmaid's Tale" is subdued, reflecting the oppressive conditions the women live under.
And it posed an acting challenge for Moss, one that Atwood, 77, as the novelist who created her character, calls "pretty difficult." Moss' problem, says Atwood, "is to show someone who is unable to speak out, because it's too dangerous, but who has to convey to the audience those emotions she is suppressing.