- The Washington Times - Monday, April 8, 2019

Actress Elisabeth Moss drew comparisons between the brutal regime depicted in “The Handmaid’s Tale” and Donald Trump’s presidency, saying America is “losing” the principles it was founded upon.

In an interview published Monday by the Daily Beast, Ms. Moss said she couldn’t help but recognize the similarities between Trump’s America and the dystopian society depicted in the hit Hulu series while she was filming her third season in Washington, D.C.

“We went to D.C. and shot at the Lincoln Memorial, and I find it incredibly moving what Lincoln stood for, what’s written on the walls, what those monuments stand for,” she said. “The principles that this country was built on are important and we’re losing them — and perhaps we’ve already lost them. You feel a sense of responsibility and you feel honored telling this story at this time.

“When you’re kneeling on the steps in front of the Lincoln Memorial, you’re looking at where MLK gave his ‘I Have a Dream’ speech, you’re in the outfit of complete lack of freedom, and your president is a few blocks away arguing about putting up a wall, you can’t help but feel that you have the responsibility to tell this story, and I feel honored to be able to express what I think, what I feel, and what a lot of other people feel through what I love doing. For me, it’s an unfortunate thing. I wish this was crazy, and I wish ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ was insane ‘Game of Thrones’ s—- and pure fantasy. I wish that were true. But it’s not.”

“The Handmaid’s Tale,” based on the 1985 novel of the same name by Margaret Atwood, pictures a dystopian and barren society where the remaining fertile women are enslaved, raped, impregnated and forced to give up their babies to the political ruling class.

In February, Hulu aired a Season 3 trailer for the show during the Super Bowl that altered Ronald Reagan’s 1984 ad, “It’s Morning in America Again.” In the Super Bowl ad, Ms. Moss urged America to “wake up.”

In her interview, the actress said she’s “not a politician” but feels a responsibility to give a voice to the voiceless.

“You can take the personal and make it political very quickly, and that’s my job: to put a face to the people who don’t have that, and to give a voice to the people who don’t have a voice,” she said. “What’s really gratifying to me is when someone in another country — that’s far closer to Gilead than we are — who’s gay comes up to me and says, ‘I feel like I’ve watched the show and it’s given me hope; I feel like I’m not alone.’ That, to me, is what I value. That’s important to me.”

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