‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ – Moss dons the producer’s hat

Emmy-winning actress is happiest when she's busiest

Elisabeth Moss of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’ which opens Season 4 Wednesday on Hulu

Q: How has your life changed during the course of all of this? We see how June has changed, but has yours changed much during the course of this show?

A: Yeah, it actually has. I think the most significant way for me is being a producer, which I had done a couple tiny films before but never done anything producer-wise on this level, and so that, kind of, has been the big change in my life — is taking that on as a new role.

I was very fortunate to be asked in the first season, and I’ve had an incredible opportunity to learn from (executive producers Bruce Miller and Warren Littlefield). I said that in the very beginning. I said, “I don’t want just the credit. I want to be able to participate, and I want to be able to help. I want to be able to also learn.” And I still am, every day, learning from all of our producers. So, for me, I think that’s the biggest change. And now I have a production company, and now we are doing a bunch of other stuff. So that would be the biggest thing that … I’ve taken on that has been different than before. It takes up more time than I think, honestly.

Q: With your added responsibilities, do you operate the best under pressure?

A: Yes, I do. I really do. It’s something I’ve learned about myself in the past decade, I suppose. I do operate really well under pressure. I love it. The more I have to do, the happier I am. And I don’t feel like it’s something that is a burden at all. I feel like it’s a privilege. And it’s also elective. No one’s forcing me to do this. And I love it, and I thrive on it.

George Dickie

George Dickie

George Dickie has been a features writer for Gracenote/Tribune Media Services since 1989, when “Hee-Haw” was still on the air and George “Goober” Lindsay was his first interview. His early interviews ranged from Jim Henson and Dick Van Dyke to Phil Collins and the Dixie Chicks.

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