The Handmaid's Tale's Ann Dowd teases role in spin-off series The Testaments
THE Handmaid's Tale's Ann Dowd has teased a role in spin-off series The Testaments.
The 65-year-old plays Aunt Lydia in the hit Hulu series, which is based on the acclaimed Margaret Atwood novel.
*Spoilers ahead for The Testaments*
After Margaret released the long-awaited sequel to The Handmaid's Tale – The Testaments – in 2019, it was revealed a TV adaptation for a spin-off series was in the works.
The Testaments places Aunt Lydia at the centre of the action, and during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, it was joked that the series surely meant job security for Ann.
She replied: "That feels fantastic. And the other thing I have, and I'm just going to say it right now, I thought to myself I hope they're going to let me play her.
"The problem is that if they don't, the actress who would have been chosen should watch her back because I would hunt her until she gives it up."
Ann – who was back on screen as Aunt Lydia in the season four premiere on Sunday in the UK -has spoken on numerous occasions about how much she loves playing the complex and cruel Aunt.
And she was quick to share her thoughts on the revelations made about the character in The Testaments.
She said: "I was thrilled — let's get real on that — by what Aunt Lydia does and how she does it, her understanding of Gilead to its core and what will bring it down.
"What surprised me — and didn't — is how [she] got involved in Gilead in the first place.
"When you play a role such as Lydia in The Handmaid's Tale, you search for a human connection that somehow explains why she would make the choices she makes.
"Now, you read The Testaments, and Lydia, being a family court judge, realised really quickly, 'If I want to live and survive this world, this is what you have to do. Not only am I going to do it, I'm going to do it better than anybody so I'm going to be ruling the other Aunts.'"
The Handmaid's Tale airs on Sundays at 9pm on Channel 4 in the UK and is available on Hulu in the US.
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