Ann Dowds reaction to Margaret Atwoods acting

first_imgAnn Dowd’s reaction to Margaret Atwood’s acting? ‘You’re born for this, girl!’ This image released by Hulu shows Ann Dowd, left, and Elisabeth Moss in a scene from the series, “The Handmaid’s Tale,” returning for a second season on April 25. Ann Dowd warns that you should never be too judgmental about the characters you play. THE CANADIAN PRESS/George Kraychyk/Hulu via AP) TORONTO – Ann Dowd warns that actors should never be too judgmental about the characters they play.That’s her approach to Aunt Lydia, the uncompromising warden who oversees Offred (played by Elisabeth Moss), Ofglen (Alexis Bledel) and all the fertile sex slaves in “The Handmaid’s Tale.” The second season of the dystopian drama premiers Sunday on Bravo.There’s no question Aunt Lydia can be brutally harsh. Get on her wrong side and you can lose an eye. She is a true believer, however, in the new world order known in the series as “Gilead” and is always ready to step in and protect the women forced to produce babies under her charge.The 62-year-old actress, who won an Emmy last season for her role, says judging characters is a mistake, “because then they won’t reveal themselves to you.”She feels that Aunt Lydia genuinely “cares deeply for these girls, and thinks the world before Gilead was a disgrace.”“The Handmaid’s Tale” is based on the 1985 bestseller by Canadian author Margaret Atwood. Dowd confirms the second season takes up where the book left off. One of the storylines left dangling from the first season will be the fate of Offred’s unborn child.“It’s just extraordinary, what goes on this season,” teases Dowd. “Unbelievable.”Atwood had a memorable cameo early in the series, slapping Offred hard across the back of her head.Dowd’s assessment of Atwood’s acting skills?“Hey, you’re born for this, girl!”The appreciation was mutual: “She was very gracious and lovely and gave me some confidence there to continue,” says Dowd.After a long and impressive stage and movie career, including roles in “Philadelphia” (1993) and “Compliance” (2012), Dowd finds herself among TV’s acting elite. Along with raves from the critics, she picked up a second Best Acting Emmy nomination last season for her role as one of the leaders of the Guilty Remnant on the HBO drama “The Leftovers.” Gone after three seasons, it’s a show and an experience Dowd will dearly miss.“He’s a genius, I’m telling you,” says Dowd of showrunner Damon Lindelof (“Lost”), adding that the series main star, Justin Theroux, “will be my dear friend for life.”“I think what ‘Leftovers’ did for people,” adds Dowd, is to help viewers come to grips with grief and loss, “because we can’t escape it, and there’s no point in trying. What we learn to do is accept it, and sit with it, and realize, it is not going to kill us.”Dowd is just as positive about places as she is about people. She says she’s enjoyed visiting the small, southern Ontario towns outside Toronto and Hamilton while on location for “The Handmaid’s Tale” — even if this usually meant a 5:30 a.m. hotel pick-up and a long drive to the set.She had the same impression of Halifax a couple of years ago working on the Stephen King TV-movie “Big Driver” for U.S. cable.“I thought Nova Scotia was exquisite, you know, the countryside, just so beautiful.”— Bill Brioux is a freelance TV columnist based in Brampton, Ont.center_img by Bill Brioux, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 25, 2018 10:31 am PDT Last Updated Apr 25, 2018 at 11:21 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img