Elisabeth Moss heats up

Why you need to watch Handmaid's Tale now

BY: Claire Connors

If you’re like every other woman in America, Wednesdays are reserved for watching the newest episode of the insanely satisfying Hulu series, The Handmaid’s Tale. Based on the too-close-for-comfort dystopian novel by Margaret Atwood, the series, about enslaved fertile women forced to have sex and bare children for barren couples, is considered required viewing in these current—and uncertain—political times. And the handmaid we’re all rooting for is Offred, played by the gloriously talented Elisabeth Moss, whom we predict will be securing an Emmy this fall for her role.

If it feels as if you’ve been watching the now 34-year-old Moss grow up onscreen, you’re not wrong, considering she started performing in commercials and made-for-TV movies when she was just six. But she first came to our attention playing the President’s luminous teenaged daughter, Zoey Bartlett, in the acclaimed TV series, The West Wing. In her 20s, Moss took on the role of the strong-willed yet vulnerable Peggy Olson in the awarding-winning series, Mad Men, and in 2014 she won a Golden Globe for playing damaged Detective Robin Griffin in Top of the Lake, the mystery thriller created by Jane Campion. The second season of that intriguing series begins in September—we can’t wait.

We’re also anxiously awaiting the release Moss’s Swedish-made dramedy, The Square, the surprise winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes this past month. It seems Elisabeth Moss can do no wrong when it comes to picking prize-winning projects.