“The Handmaid’s Tale” has recruited Oprah Winfrey for a cameo role in an upcoming episode of the TV drama.
And if you’re not caught up on the series or have a fear of spoilers, now’s your chance to stop reading.
Though the media mogul won’t get any face-time on screen, viewers will hear her distinctive voice in a pivotal moment of Elizabeth Moss’ character Offred.
As she comes across a functional car and ponders her choices, Winfrey’s voice is heard on the radio, “broadcasting from somewhere in the Great White North.”
“The American government in Anchorage received promises of economic aid from India and China,” her unnamed character announces, reading a new report over the airwaves. “In the United Kingdom, additional sanctions on Gilead were announced, as well as plans to raise the cap on American refugees relocating from Canada.”
Winfrey is a big fan of the series inspired by Margaret Atwood’s iconic novel. When the show-runners got wind Oprah was watching, they naturally reached out to see if she’d like to take part in the series.
“We’d heard Oprah was a fan of the show, and had a story idea, and thought, wouldn’t it be wonderful if… So we asked and she said ‘yes,’ and it was a lovely, easy process,” the series creator Bruce Miller tells The Hollywood Reporter. “The radio segment she recorded was inspired by the free radio of the Allies from WW2. It was an absolute honour to have Oprah featured on the show, and especially thrilling as she was the one who presented us with the Emmy last year.”
Series star Moss revealed Winfrey asked many questions about future plot-lines and story arcs for her favourite characters while they were on set of the 2017 THR Drama Actress Roundtable.
“She was in the dressing room next to me and she kept popping back into the room to ask questions about the show or to make comments or ask what was coming up for a specific character,” Moss said. “Then she’d leave and I’d close the door and have a silent freak-out moment, just screaming silently, that Oprah Winfrey even knew what the show was and then she would pop back up with more questions.”