Everything to Know About Elisabeth Moss in ‘The Kitchen’

Most people know Elisabeth Moss from The Handmaid’s Tale. Be prepared to see her in a role unlike any other she has played before. Moss stars alongside Tiffany Haddish and Melissa McCarthy as Irish Mob wives from the 1970s in The Kitchen. The women are forced into ruling New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen after their husbands are arrested. The story involves the trio engaging in heinous acts, including debt collection, getting rid of bodies, and more. The movie is directed by Andrea Berloff and is adapted from the comic-book series of the same name.

Elisabeth Moss says her character surprised her

Elisabeth Moss
Elisabeth Moss | Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic

The women of The Kitchen spoke with Entertainment Weekly about the movie and the places it took them. Moss was very surprised by her character’s trajectory and the realistic nature of the story, as well as its complicated nature.

“For me, honestly, everything about the character was surprising in her trajectory from beginning to end,” explained Moss. “Again — spoilers galore — there is a really cool turn of events in the role that she ends up taking on in this venture with the ladies. I do think it’s a nice little surprise. For me, the surprises in the character and the surprises in the relationship among the three women, was what made the script interesting and smart and complicated. It wasn’t just like, three women get together and they run the neighborhood and everything’s fantastic and they’re best friends forever because that wouldn’t be realistic in that world. In Hell’s Kitchen in the ‘70s running the mob, you wouldn’t necessarily all get along so I thought that it was much more realistic and interesting.”

What did the stars take away from their roles?

Moss, McCarthy, and Haddish
Elisabeth Moss, Melissa McCarthy, and Tiffany Haddish | Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Haddish says she cried about the movie. It shows the resilience of people when they are thrust into a situation. They will find a way to survive. “What I loved about the movie is that I cried a little bit and then I wanted to tell everyone about it,” explained Haddish. “I would like them to takeaway that women — or just humans in general — no matter what situation they’re put in, will figure out how to survive. And I want them to tell everyone about it.”

McCarthy essentially says the takeaway from the movie is just do the right thing. “I don’t know. I think it’s just really good storytelling? The takeaway is: Don’t run the mob and murder people.”

What can you expect from ‘The Kitchen?’

The all-female lead story will leave viewers shocked and craving more. The main character’s husbands will get scooped up by the police in a mafia sweep, leaving the women to clean up the mess and run the territory in Hell’s Kitchen.

“Other populations besides Irish people were coming in and Irish people and that way of life was threatened… a lot of violence came out of that as people tried to hold on to what little territory they had,” the director explained about the upcoming movie.

The movie was shot exclusively in New York City in four out of the five boroughs. The crew on set had to make the streets transform into the 1970s. They did this by adding trash in the streets, changing the cabs, garbage cans, and other familiar scenes to the style of the 70s. It was a very meticulous process to set the scene of the film. The Kitchen takes over the neighborhood this Friday.