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Amanda Brugel’s Lifelong Connection to Margaret Atwood at the Premiere of The Handmaid’s Tale

By Gina De Angelis
Posted On Apr 26, 2017
Amanda Brugel’s Lifelong Connection to Margaret Atwood at the Premiere of The Handmaid’s Tale

More than just another Hollywood role, Amanda Brugel describes the deep-rooted connection she has with her role as Rita at the premiere of “The Handmaid’s Tale.” “I wrote an essay on The Handmaid’s Tale to get accepted into University, I was awarded a full scholarship on my essay on The Handmaid’s Tale, and then I took a couple of classes. I still continued to write a thesis and an essay on the book in my second year of University and was accused of plagiarism! I feel like I had such insight into the book, I had been writing about it for 10 years so the teachers were a bit confused as to why I had such a bond with this book and I had to go back and show them all of my evidence and show them that I had been writing about it for 10 years! So when the audition came around and I learned about the project and was offered it, I couldn’t wait to do it. I still have all my books and all my essays and all my stuff! I wanted to bring them to set for Margaret to sign!” Working with the women who had such a profound affect on her life, Amanda describes what it was like meeting her. “It was so emotional. She’s my Michelle Obama. She’s one of the biggest icons in my life. Growing up in a small town as the only woman of color, Margaret Atwood was the only voice that sort of spoke to me. She means more to me than just this book. She’s my entire childhood.” In addition to Margaret, Amanda thoroughly enjoyed her character Rita. “Rita reminds me a lot of women that you see on the street at a bus stop that have such interesting faces but they carry sort of a sadness with them. I always find that I look at them and I wonder what their story is. With Rita it was trying to figure out what her story was, where she came from before. There’s such a sadness and such a heaviness to her that’s obvious but to balance that out, like with everyone, there has to be a heart, there has to be a gentleness, there has to be a deep amount of humanity to her, so I loved that. I loved the fact that she can be a ragging b*tch but also she has a heart of gold and uses that to protect this heart, so I loved that.”