Elisabeth Moss knows how to maintain boundaries.
The star of “The Handmaid’s Tale” is featured in the new issue of Harper’s Bazaar, and in it she talks about how she keeps her work separate from her private life.
“I find that I’m very, very good at, like, I guess some people would call it compartmentalizing,” she says. “I’m really good at turning it off, going home, and texting my friends, having a glass of wine, and putting it aside. It’s not unconscious. I need to be able to do that to treat my work with joy and enthusiasm.”
The 37-year-old also shares the importance as an actor of being guarded about her private life.
“You have to be careful. Once the information is out there, you can’t take it back. ‘Broadcast News’ is one of my favourite movies, and she’s [Holly Hunter] one of the coolest people, but I don’t know anything about her. I think she lives in New York?” Moss says. “Meryl Streep does it well. I was listening to an Oprah podcast where she was interviewing Julia Roberts, and here you have arguably the biggest female star in the world, and she has managed to maintain a good amount of privacy. I don’t think it has to do with your level of stardom but in how you conduct your life.”
Talking about her role in “The Handmaid’s Tale”, Moss explains how she sees her character June as more antihero than straight hero.
“I’ve had to remind people who love June about all who have died either directly because of her or because she’s let them die,” she says. “June can be s**tty. She can be selfish. She makes the wrong decision all the time. She cheats on her husband. She’s not the best heroine a lot of the time.
“Then again she is so human, and so us, and tough and strong, and she does have this love for her daughter. People have many different facets. All the good stories are very murky. Big grey areas are more interesting.”