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Elisabeth Moss Found Playing a Chameleon-Like Spy in “The Veil” 'More Challenging' Than “Handmaid's Tale”

Despite taking on new languages, fight training and jetting across the world, Moss called her new role in Hulu's 'The Veil' a "great time"

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Elisabeth Moss

Elisabeth Moss has her own definition of what she considers a "fun" when it comes to her craft.

During Friday's Television Critics Association panel for The Veil, the actress, 41, got candid about the more challenging aspects of her role in Hulu's latest spy thriller series and why it's quickly become her most difficult to date.

After noting her history of taking on complicated and heavy roles, like she did in The Handmaid's Tale, a fan asked if she had ever considering taking on more light-hearted projects such as a "fun" romantic comedy.

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Dominik Bindl/Getty Elisabeth Moss
Dominik Bindl/Getty Elisabeth Moss

"This is fun to me. I felt like I had a lot of romance and a lot of comedy in this," she said of the upcoming series.

Though her time on set was highly enjoyable, Moss confessed that her role as a MI-6 agent may have been one of the most difficult things she's done as an actress given the preparation and skills she had to learn to take on the job.

She explained, "It was much more challenging, given just the amount of skills and different things I had to do with the dialect and the stunts, the fight training, speaking a couple of different languages here and there, and the traveling all around the world."

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"It definitely felt like it was, if possible, I had found something even more challenging than Handmaid's — which is impossible to say," she said of the dystopian drama. "But yeah, to me —to me, this was a great time."

In addition to starring in Hulu's The Veil, Moss is gearing up for the sixth and final season of The Handmaid's Tale. The hit drama, based on the novel by Margaret Atwood, was renewed for its last installment ahead its season 5 premiere in September 2022.

The series, which debuted on Hulu in April 2017, is set in a future world plagued with infertility that assigns handmaids to have babies.

Elisabeth Moss (left) and Alexis Bledel in 'The Handmaid's Tale'
Elisabeth Moss (left) and Alexis Bledel in 'The Handmaid's Tale'

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Throughout its run, the show has made history as the first streaming series to win an Emmy Award for best drama series. It has since won 14 Emmys — including three outstanding lead actress in a drama series trophies for Moss — as well as a Peabody Award.

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In November 2022, Moss told PEOPLE that she thinks "it's "horrifying" how, in the years since the show's premiere, its story has only become more relevant. "It's awful. It's way more than troubling," she added.

While Moss called it "the most fulfilling, creative experience of my life," she confessed that its plot line has started to feel too close to home.

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