Last week, the Boston Review ran a most fascinating interview between author Junot Díaz (The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao) and The Handmaid’s Tale author Margaret Atwood. You know, just a couple of brilliant and award-winning writers discussing speculative fiction, the rise of Trump, and how Atwood’s novel resonates today versus when it was first published in 1985.
The whole piece is well worth reading (read it in full here) but there’s one particularly interesting tidbit we’d like to point out: Margaret Atwood thinks Drake should be in season 2 of the Hulu series based on her book.
It began when Díaz told Atwood about being in Toronto recently and said, “It seems like currently Toronto — and we could say by extension Canada — has two global superstars: Margaret Atwood and Drake.” He then asked Atwood, 77, if she had met the 30-year-old Grammy winner. Here’s a small snippet of what followed:
Atwood: I haven’t met Drake, but I have of course met people who have met Drake. But you have to realize how o-l-d I am. I’m not likely to go to the same parties. Or many parties at all, to be frank.
Díaz: I understand. I just think that, Canada — I’ll say this to the whole nation — you are missing a great opportunity to put these two folks together. Have you listened to his music? Do you have any opinions?
Atwood: Wouldn’t it be fun for him to have a cameo in season 2 of The Handmaid’s Tale?
Díaz: Well, there you have it.
Atwood: There you have it. I’ll drop that notion into the ear of Bruce Miller, the showrunner, and see what he can do with that, because of course the show is filmed in Toronto. Maybe Drake could help smuggle someone?
Yes, Margaret Atwood! Drake certainly could help smuggle someone! Why not? After all, the singer got his start acting on the teen drama Degrassi: The Next Generation. Get him in one of those nice Drake-y sweaters and have him start saving some women from Gilead!