Elisabeth Moss Says Time’s Up Movement Makes ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Golden Globe Win Even More Special (Exclusive)
By Meredith B. Kile
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Elisabeth Moss is continuing to clean up for her role as Offred on Hulu’s chilling adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. But for the actress, her win for Best Actress in a TV Series - Drama at Sunday’s Golden Globes was made even more special by the Time’s Up movement’s presence at the awards show.
“It does [make it more special]. It really does, actually,” Moss marveled to ET’s Nancy O’Dell backstage after her big win. “And to be part of a show that, you know, talks so much about what we're talking about tonight with the Time's Up movement, and that represents a strong female lead as well -- and so many women behind the camera and such an incredible female cast -- it truly does feel like a sort of moment, historically, that I am proud to be a part of.”
In The Handmaid’s Tale, Moss plays a women conscripted to a life of sexual servitude as one of the country's few remaining fertile females. The setting is a dystopian future, but the themes of patriarchy and oppression ring all too prescient and true in the present day.
“I certainly think as artists, we have a platform and we have an opportunity to talk about things. We have an opportunity to bring visibility to things that are important to us,” Moss reflected. “And I think that that is, for me, one of the kind of incredible things that has come out of this show is I actually really believe in what we're saying on the show. And it doesn't always happen like that. But I also think that our show reflects back to our audience what our audience is going through, and what they're feeling and thinking, and what they want to talk about.”
The Time’s Up initiative encouraged Hollywood stars to wear black to Sunday’s awards in a show of solidarity with the victims of inequality, sexual harassment and assault within the industry, after a year that was marred by seemingly innumerable scandals.
Moss was happy to celebrate her victory -- as well as The Handmaid's Tale's win for Best TV Series - Drama -- while recognizing that this year’s Golden Globes are just the beginning for Time’s Up and the push for parity and increased visibility throughout Hollywood.
“I felt like the moment was, not a serious one, but I did feel like the reason we're all here tonight and the Time's Up movement was an opportunity to take things slightly seriously,” Moss said, while noting that she avoided cursing in her acceptance speech on Thursday, unlike at the Emmys back in September. “Gosh, the women in that category, it's truly extraordinary. I know it sounds like lip service, but every single performance is so amazing. I've seen every single one of their shows. The fact that anyone thinks that this should be mine is ridiculous to me.”
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