A busy 2020 for Elisabeth Moss kicked off at Sundance with Josephine Decker’s Shirley, in which she stars as seminal horror writer Shirley Jackson. Next, the actress saw blockbuster success with The Invisible Man, a modern adaptation of the H.G. Wells classic. Launching her own production company in July, she then returned to the set of her Hulu smash The Handmaid’s Tale, where she directed for the first time. For the Emmy winner, each of these moves reflects a singular desire—to take charge of her own voice and career, while bringing searingly authentic work to the screen. DEADLINE: Why was Shirley Jackson a character you had to take on? ELISABETH MOSS: I think it was just a super rare, female character. We all have antiheroes in mind, or characters who are these mad geniuses, who maybe sometimes aren’t very nice to people, or speak their mind in a way that is considered abrupt, or offensive. But they’re rarely written for women, even though these women do exist. So, it was just really cool, and unusual, and exciting to see that kind of character, that I actually love watching so much, be done by a woman. Related Story ‘Shirley’ Trailer: Elisabeth… Read full this story
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