As we muddle our way through the increasingly murky waters of The Handmaid's Tale season two, our minds can't help but drift towards what's up ahead for actress Elisabeth Moss. You know, beyond the distressingly oppressive realm of Gilead.
Having recently been spotted on set in New York alongside Melissa McCarthy and Tiffany Haddish for their new movie The Kitchen, it seems there are exciting new film projects on the horizon for this Emmy-award winning actress. Her latest work, though, isn't that much of a digression from the roles we've recently seen her playing.
Elisabeth shared a still from her latest project to Instagram. We see Elisabeth looking windswept and troubled in against obscure, ominous background. And no, we're not describing a shoot for the third season of The Handmaid's Tale, the picture is taken from a short film she recently starred in.
In the caption for the picture Elisabeth wrote: 'So many incredible people helped make this short film, but I want to make a special shout out to my Handmaids Tale family who came in on Saturday to lend their artistry to this special project'.
The special project in question is the accompanying video for On The Nature Of Daylight. It's a song from the re-released 15th anniversary album The Blue Notebooks by famed classical composer Max Richter.
Speaking about the collaboration in a statement, Moss said: 'My work has been inspired by his music for so many years and not a day goes by on set where I don't have Max's music playing in my ears before a take'.
'His music and my acting have gone hand in hand for a long time. So for me the opportunity to act to one of his most prolific pieces was such an incredible honour'.
Watch Elisabeth Moss In 'On The Nature Of Daylight' By Max Richter
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Elisabeth Moss and Mad Men
Up until just a couple of years ago, Elisabeth's role as Mad Men's Peggy Olsen was probably one of her most recognisable.
Elisabeth earned an incredible six Emmy nominations for this role alone, after all, and her penchant for smart, complex female television characters of course did not stop there .She told Vulture last year it was down to just looking for good writing: 'and I think that enabled me to say yes to some television things perhaps before everyone was saying yes to television things', Elisabeth explained.
When Mad Men launched in 2007, 'We were still in a world where, as an actor, you weren’t really supposed to do television', Elisabeth explained. 'It was kind of like the lesser group of people. But because I never put those parameters on things, and I was just like, "This is an amazing script and an amazing project; of course I’m going to do this," it became part of one of the greatest things that has ever happened to me.'
Want to watch it? Mad Men is available on Netflix now
Elisabeth Moss and The West Wing
Bet you didn't realise that West Wing was Elisabeth's first 'proper' job two years out of high school? She spent seven seasons playing Zoey Bartlett, daughter to the President and her career arch really bolstered from there.
Elisabeth was 17-years-old when she started working on The West Wing and played the role of Zoey on and off until she was 23. In an interview on Ovation's Celebrity Conversations she explained that working with such brilliant and established actors meant that was learning all the way through it. 'For me, that was my classroom', Elisabeth explained.
There were rumors about a West Wing revival earlier this year, but we're yet to hear about any concrete plans.
Want to watch it? The West Wing is available on Amazon Prime Video
Elisabeth Moss and Top Of The Lake
This haunting BBC drama was another brilliant fete for Elisabeth. She played Detective Robin Griffin, a member of the police force investigating the case of a 12-year-old pregnant girl who had gone missing. True to the complexity of characters Elisabeth goes for, Robin has personal battles to overcome that become entwined in the narrative playing out in the foreground.
Despite having wrapped on playing the hugely traumatic role of Offred in The Handmaid's Tale, Elisabeth told the BBC that this one in Top Of The Lake was perhaps her most difficult. 'In a lot of ways [Detective Robin Griffin] the biggest departure for me as a character, with the accent and with her job, with everything - she's very different from me.'
Want to watch it? Top Of The Lake is available on Netflix
Elisabeth Moss and Scientology
It's fairly common knowledge that Elisabeth Moss has at least some sort of relationship with Scientology, however its not a side of herself that she tends to speak about very frequently. Be that down to the nature of the faith or the wide media scepticism that surrounds it.
Unlike many celebrities who are involved in Scientology, and discovered it in their adult years, Elisabeth was raised within the organisation. However some people have been particularly critical of her Handmaid's Tale winning 2017 Golden Globes speech in which she spoke passionately about inequality and feminism, and called it hypocritical when the church of scientology has been accused of abuse and harassment.
An Instagram follower challenged her involvement in The Handmaid's Tale in the first place and asked 'Does it make you think twice about Scientology?' Adding: 'Both Gilead and Scientology both believe that all outside sources (aka news) are wrong or evil… it’s just very interesting.'
Elisabeth ventured into the comments section to make a rare response to the isssue: 'That’s actually not true at all about Scientology. Religious freedom and tolerance and understanding the truth and equal rights for every race, religion and creed are extremely important to me. The most important things to me probably. And so Gilead and THT hit me on a very personal level. Thanks for the interesting question!'
Elisabeth Moss on Instagram
You can find Elisabeth sharing pictures of TV stills and theatre visits and the odd selfie. Follow her @elisabethmossofficial.
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