Elisabeth Moss is quite busy these days. She just won an Emmy for “The Handmaid’s Tale,” after all. But Moss carved out time to work with director Ruben Ostlund on his film “The Square.”
Moss told TheWrap’s Sharon Waxman at the Toronto Film Festival that she bought a train ticket and hotel in London just to meet with Ostlund while he was casting.
“I stayed in a hotel, just so I could meet him, not thinking that I would get the role, because I thought he would give it to someone much better,” Moss said. “I tried.”
“The Square” won the Palme D’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival before playing at Toronto. It’s a dark satire set in the art world about a museum curator (Claes Bang) who promotes an exhibit designed to promote human altruism, only to descend into his own shameful situations and an existential crisis.
Ostlund’s film has him working in the English language following his critically-acclaimed “Force Majeure,” a blackly comedic family drama about a nuclear family coming apart at the seams while on a ski trip. Moss plays a journalist in “The Square” who gets involved with Bang’s character.
“She has a giant crush on him and stalks him, sort of gets her way and makes his life miserable for it,” Moss said.
“The Square” opens Oct. 27 in limited release.