‘Shining Girls’: Elisabeth Moss in the Apple TV series set in Chicago – NBC Chicago

She navigated a 1960s advertising agency’s boys’ club on “Mad Men,” leads the charge against a totalitarian regime on “The Handmaid’s Tale,” and fought back against an abusive partner in the 2020 film “The Invisible Man”. Based on her career choices, it makes sense to want to seek out Elisabeth Moss if things go wrong.

“That’s a big compliment,” Moss recently said of the idea that she’s desirable for a fantasy foxhole. “With the characters I play, I always intend to show how badass an ordinary person can be. I want people to be like, ‘Oh, I could be that person. I would do that. Or, ‘I hope I would react that way.’ I love the idea of ​​playing everyday superheroes because I think we all have some kind of superhero inside of us.

Fighting the villain isn’t easy though. In her new series “Shining Girls” for Apple TV+, Moss has her work cut out for her. She plays Kirby, a newspaper archivist in 1990s Chicago who is haunted and taunted by a serial killer (Jamie Bell) named Harper, who is always one step ahead of his victims and the authorities. Part of what makes the series engrossing to watch is that it seems unstoppable.

Moss, who serves as executive producer on the show and also directed two episodes, said of Bell, “I know I’m probably biased, but I really think it’s the best thing he’s ever done. He amazed us every day. ”

Harper is so confident that he approaches his prey with bluster. Moss says it’s this charisma that sells the character.

“Our intention was to find someone who wasn’t twirling a mustache, who wasn’t your classic villain. It’s romantic. That approach is way scarier than playing something downright scary.

Bell says he was drawn to the project because it gave him the opportunity to both play someone different from his past roles (“Billy Elliott,” “Rocketman”) and work with Moss. , whom he describes as “the best actress working today”.

For Moss, the scripts kept him from saying no.

“I wasn’t looking for another TV role, but it was one of those things where I was like, ‘I don’t think I can’t do this.’ I try to find things that I feel I can’t not do.

The real challenge, says Moss, was the disorientation of filming a series that constantly changes its reality. Kirby is so traumatized by Harper that she is disoriented by time and still catching up with her own life.

“I definitely had to remember what I knew and what I didn’t know about the story at that point. It was about 100 times more complicated to shoot this out of order than anything I’ve ever done. .

At the end of a working day, Moss chooses to watch lighter fare: “I don’t come home from filming and I don’t watch super serious stuff. I don’t think that would be a good idea. But don’t expect Moss to sign up for a rom-com or straight-up comedy anytime soon.

“As an actor and director, I’m much more interested in drama. I enjoy doing theater more.

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