Elisabeth Moss is featured in the February 2020 issue of Harper’s Bazaar magazine photographed by Yulia Gorbachenko and styled by fashion editor Miguel Enamorado.
On being able to separate her work from her personal life: “I find that I’m very, very good at, like, I guess some people would call it compartmentalizing. 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.”
On her character June in The Handmaid’s Tale being a sort of antihero: “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. June can be shitty. 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 gray areas are more interesting.”
On filming Girl, Interrupted: “I remember it all very vividly. There I was with Winona, who was already a legend in her 20s. She was so nice to me. Angelina wasn’t necessarily the Angelina Jolie we know now, but everyone knew who she was. She was still this force. I didn’t talk to her really, but it was more of a character thing. We’re friendly now. Clea DuVall was in it, and now she’s on Handmaid’s. We were shooting in this mental hospital in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and it was so cold. It was this really fun, amazing experience.”
On being guarded in real life: “You have to be careful. Once the information is out there, you can’t take it back. Broadcast News is one of my favorite 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? 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.”
On understanding the fascination with celebrity lives: “I totally understand why people want to know that stuff. I see a story about Olivia Colman, who I love, and I want to devour it. I dissect it like, ‘Where does she live? What does her kitchen look like?’ I want to see Olivia’s kitchen. But I never want to get to the point where someone’s watching something I’m doing and thinking about what my kitchen looks like.”
Image 1: Earrings and Bracelet by Tiffany & Co. | Tights by Falke | Pumps by Gucci
Image 2: Dress and Belt by Versace | Tights by Falke | Rings by Tiffany & Co. | Pumps by Jimmy Choo
Image 3: Jumpsuit, Belt and Shoes by Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello | Earrings by Tiffany & Co. | Bracelet by Cartier
[Photo Credit: Yulia Gorbachenko/Harper’s Bazaar Magazine]
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