Elisabeth Moss takes a delicate approach when asked about the similarities between themes explored in “The Handmaid’s Tale” and controversies surrounding Scientology.
The actress, a known Scientologist, navigated her way around a touchy interview conducted by the Daily Beast. “There are two things you’re never supposed to talk about at dinner — politics or religion,” Moss said. “And, of course, I’m doing ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’, which is politics and religion, so it’s a strange situation where you’re going to be asked about these topics.
“I choose to express myself in my work and my art,” she continued. “I don’t choose to express myself about it in interviews… For me, it’s so hard to unpack in a sound bite or an interview, but I will say that the things that I truly believe in are the things that I’ve mentioned, and I think that they’re very important.”
“I think people should be allowed to talk about what they want to talk about and believe what they want to believe, and you can’t take that away — and when you start to take that away, when you start to say, ‘You can’t think that. You can’t believe that. You can’t say that,’ then you get into trouble. Then you get into Gilead,” Moss said, referring to the regime in “The Handmaid’s Tale”.
Moss, 36, emphasized this point: “So whatever happens, I’m never going to take away your right to talk about something or believe something, and you can’t take away mine.”
The Church of Scientology reportedly has a critical stance on homosexuality, although the organization says it has no position on sexual orientation. When asked to touch on Scientology’s alleged homophobia, Moss noted, “It’s a lot to get into and unpack that I can’t do [here].”
“But that is not my bag. I am obviously a huge feminist and huge supporter of the LGBTQ community and believe so strongly — I can’t even tell you — in people being able to do what they want to do, to love who they want to love, to be the person that they want to be — whoever that is,” she said. “To me, it’s a huge reason why I love doing the show.
“That’s all I can say,” she added. “I can’t speak to what other people believe, I can’t speak to what other people’s experiences have been. That’s where I stand and the only place I can speak from is my own.”
Moss recently starred in Jordan Peele’s hit sophomore horror film “Us” and will return for a third season of “The Handmaid’s Tale” on June 5.