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When The Handmaid’s Tale returns on April 25, we’ll finally be able to see what’s happened to Moira (Samira Wiley), now that she has made it to Canada and been reunited with Luke (O-T Fagbenle). “This season we see her working at the refugee center and helping making other refugees make the transition,” says Wiley. “We really see there’s two sides of this — there the awesome parts, like I’m free and have healthcare and an apartment, but the other side is more difficult. I don’t know anyone, I don’t understand what my identity is in this new land. I’m lost and don’t have anything around me that’s familiar. For a woman — especially one who has had to do unspeakable thing in order to survive — it’s a shock.”
The Hulu series has always seemed reflective of the turmoil currently felt in the real world. “I love to be involved with projects that are so relevant to the times we’re living in,” says Wiley. “I just didn’t know it was going to be this relevant. This is a little crazy relevant.”
One of the things Wiley loves the most about the show is the spirit of female solidarity. That extends beyond who appears in front of the camera; producer and star Elisabeth Moss and the rest of the top executives were in agreement that the show should be staffed by as many women as possible. “It was a nonnegotiable issue for us,” says Moss. “It’s so important for not only the basic idea that we want to set the example of how and why there should be so many women behind the camera and women in control, but also what they bring to the show.”
Between The Handmaid’s Tale and her previous television gig on Orange is the New Black, Wiley can’t imagine it being any other way. “I think I’m probably naive about what TV is really like. Every single director last season on Handmaid’s, except for one, was a woman. Our writers’ room is basically all women. On Orange [many of] the producers were all women. I think it does make a difference. It helps one dream bigger,” she says. “I would like to think of myself as a role model for girls that look like me and feel like me. They can look and say, she’s doing that, that means I can too. For me it was Angela Bassett — she was a black woman I could see who was doing it. She was how I could dream.”