After three seasons of leading Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” on screen, Elisabeth Moss decided it was time to take charge behind the camera during the drama’s fourth season. In signing up for her first directing gig in Gilead, Moss, who stars as renegade Handmaid June Osborne, thought she’d just be sitting in the director’s chair for one episode—but the pandemic changed her plans, luckily, for the better.
“We prepped it, shot for two weeks, shut down for almost six months, came back and kept shooting,” she said. “And it was during (the second block of filming), which was Episodes 4 and 5, that the idea for me directing 8 and 9 came up. Episode 3 had been distributed to the rest of the producers and then to MGM and Hulu,