Elisabeth Moss‘ controversial role in The Handmaid’s Tale is stirring up debate — and that’s precisely what the sparky actor is aiming for.
In a dystopian near-future, the totalitarian and Christian fundamentalist government of Gilead rules the former United States amidst an ongoing civil war. It is governed by a misogynist and extremist regime hoping for a return to the traditional values of society. At the head of Gilead there is the Commander, who slaughters the few fertile women left to try to repopulate the world. Offred, one of the Commander’s maids played by Elisabeth Moss, tries to survive the cruelty of the society in which she lives and at the same time find her lost daughter. The Handmaid’s Tale is based on the 1985 novel of the same name by Canadian writer Margaret Atwood.
Elisabeth Moss is mainly known for her role as Peggy Olson in the critically acclaimed Mad Men television series, which won her a Golden Globe nomination, two Emmy Awards, and a SAG Award. In 2014, she won the Golden Globe and the Satellite Award for Jane Campion’s Top of the Lake Mini-TV series.
Ron Moss’s daughter, owner and manager of a record company, and a musician, began her career as an actress in 1990 with an appearance in the Bar Girls movie. Between 1992 and 1995, she appeared in seven episodes of the Picket Fences television series, starring Cynthia Parks. In 1993 she made available her voice for the animated film Once Upon a Forest. In the same year she also appeared in the television remake of Gypsy: A Musical Fable with Bette Midler. In 1995 she took part in the cast of the remake of Escape to Witch Mountain, by Disney. Also in 1995 she appeared in the bio-pic Love Can Build a Bridge as the young Ashley Judd, a film about the life and career of The Judds duo.
Between 1999 and 2006, she plays Zoey Bartlet in 25 episodes of West Wing. In 1999 she received a support role as a psychiatric hospital patient in the film Girl, Interrupted, along with Winona Ryder and Angelina Jolie. In the same year she plays a small role as Katie Brockett in the movie Mumford along with Loren Dean as the daughter of a woman suffering from compulsive buying syndrome. In 2004 she participated in Heart of America and three other films before taking part in the Virgin film for which she received a nomination for the Independent Spirit Awards of the same year. The award was received by Charlize Theron. She has also been part of the cast of fantasy science series Invasion.
Along with Elijah Wood and Chris Klein participated in the Day Zero movie and also appeared in the episode of June 11, 2007 by Gray’s Anatomy (third season, episode 19) as Nina Rogerson, the daughter of a patient. Since July 2007, Peggy Olson plays in the US television series Mad Men. In 2009 she received an Emmy Award nomination for Best Actress starred in a dramatic series. Until October 2008, along with Jason Lewis, Tom Malloy, Catherine Mary Stewart and John Savage, she attended the horror film The Attic, directed by Mary Lambert. She also appeared in Did You Hear About the Morgans? as Sarah Jessica Parker‘s assistant with Hugh Grant. In 2012 she is the protagonist of the thriller The Top of the Lake by Jane Champion.
From 2009 to 2011 she was married to the star of Saturday Night Live Fred Armisen. She is a member of the Scientology organization.