Alexis Bledel as Ofglen in The Handmaid's Tale

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Ahead of the premiere of "The Handmaid's Tale", Hulu's 2017 adaptation of Margaret Atwood's beloved dystopian novel, actor Elisabeth Moss would like to make one point clear: The show is "obviously" feminist.

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Had I not run into Hulu's visibly jarring promotion of their TV adaptation of Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale during my trip to Austin for SXSW, I probably would have had the same reaction. It's those other escapes; the ones you can open in yourself, given a cutting edge. She spends her days as a servant for the wealthy elite with the sole goal of bearing children in a world where few women are fertile.

I've only seen the first three episodes (the same three episodes that premiered on Hulu today), but I have a suspicion that Offred, played by Mad Men's Elisabeth Moss, will not be overthrowing anything.

In order to let viewers know what Offred is feeling, Moss relies on the subtlest twitches and micro-expressions to capture the handmaid's tormented inner life while maintaining her outward fa├žade of compliancy. We really built a very strong core of women who brought this show to life, because - for that very reason.

"Margaret Atwood talks about that in order for a regime to take over, in order for there to be a coup, a lot of the elements of that new regime have to already be in place", Moss continued.

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"I really don't know" how fans will react, says Bledel, 35.

In 2016, Atwood told us that the idea started as a question: "If you want women to go back into the home, how do you make them do that?"

To understand why some pundits view The Handmaid's Tale as a warning for readers 30 years after it was published, first you have to consider the time frame in which the book was written.

Well, I hate to break it to you Elisabeth but The Handmaid's Tale is ALL about feminism. They listened to me and asked my advice on things in a way that I didn't expect.

I dare say that this series alone is worth the cost of Hulu, as it shouldn\u0027t be missed.

Moss, meanwhile, immediately connected to Offred's will to survive. "That's something that's taken away from these women - they don't have the right to walk down the street and be anonymous". These scenes are matter-of-fact, while still giving glimpses into the pain Offred (and Serena) feel about the ritualistic rape that has become the new normal. On the contrary, during the third episode, we learn that underneath those names, the Handmaids have only numbers, much like many victims of the Holocaust. Much like many of us, she failed to realize just what the slow, steady accumulation of events was leading to until it was far too late, and a failed attempt to flee ended with her husband's death and her young daughter being taken from her. I wanted to follow that map carefully and respectfully. "So many things are forbidden now", she intones in nearly hypnotic fashion, not knowing whom she can trust or what will land her in trouble. "I didn't want to become a megaphone for any one particular set of beliefs", she said.



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