Every year is the year of Margaret Atwood, but she’s really hitting it out of the proverbial park in 2017. The Hulu adaptation of her 1985 novel The Handmaid’s Tale swept the 2017 Emmys, and now her historical fiction novel Alias Grace has been adapted for Netflix. Oh, and the 77-year-old author appeared in both of these. No biggie.
Margaret Atwood had a cameo in Alias Grace, but it’s blink-and-you’ll-miss-it.
The author has appeared in adaptations of her work before. She recently played an aunt who hits Offred in The Handmaid’s Tale. However, her role in Alias Grace is more pronounced.
* WE SEE YOU, MARGARET *
In fact, she even has dialogue — and an ingenious character name.
And warning, slight spoilers follow…
Yes, that’s correct: Margaret Atwood’s Alias Grace cameo involves both dialogue and a bonnet. How wonderful.
According to the series’ director, Atwood was amused by her character’s name.
Atwood’s official role was “Difficult Woman,” and director Mary Harron told HuffPost that Atwood herself enjoyed it quite a bit. Literally, she is not only the most delightful person in Canada, but also on Earth. And any parallel Earths we may discover in the near future.
Even Atwood’s costars, like series star Sara Gadon, agree that she is de-lightful. In order to prepare for her role, Gadon joked during a Netflix press event that to prepare for the role, she, “went to Margaret’s house every day and I washed her feet.” If given the chance to be up close and person with the author, we’d probably do the same. Gadon continues, almost a little starstruck (and also, same).
In short, Margaret Atwood remains a fave, and we are grateful for her.
Alias Grace stars Anna Paquin, Zachary Levi, and director David Cronenberg. It’s now streaming now on Netflix, so feel free to GIF the author’s cameo as many times as feels right.
Additional reporting by Rachel Paige.