Elisabeth Moss hits back at criticism of Handmaid’s Tale as “hard to watch”

THE HANDMAID'S TALE -- "Offred" - Episode 101 - Offred, one the few fertile women known as Handmaids in the oppressive Republic of Gilead, struggles to survive as a reproductive surrogate for a powerful Commander and his resentful wife. Offred (Elisabeth Moss), shown. (Photo by: Take Five/Hulu)

Elisabeth Moss has responded to viewers of The Handmaid’s Tale who described the show as “hard to watch.”

In a conversation with Radio Times magazine, the actress implied that the series’ uncomfortable moments are reflective of the real world. “When people say the show is hard to watch, I get my hackles up. If you can’t face our show, then how are you going to face what’s actually happening in the world?”

“It’s important to hold that mirror up to society and to ourselves to try to get people to face what’s going on, before it’s too late.”

Moss, who rose to fame as Peggy Olson in Mad Men, also said that her favourite scenes to shoot are often the most uncomfortable to watch. ”

‘I’m an actor, so I don’t want to sit around looking happy all the time,” she said. “If I do that, I get bored. I’m not a dark person, but my favourite days involve the emotional material.”

The Handmaid’s Tale is available in New Zealand Lightbox.