AMANDA BRUGEL stars in Hulu’s award-winning drama, The Handmaid’s Tale. Amanda is a Canadian actress that is the ONLY Canadian one on the show with a leading role, based on the wildly popular book from Canadian author Margaret Atwood. Brugel plays ‘Rita,’ the Martha in the Waterford House. Season 2 had its season finale on July 9th. We fell in love with Amanda’s beautiful spirit during her Proust interview for The Press.
The Press: What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Amanda Brugel: Myself, my husband and my children walking back to the car barefoot, half clothed and sun soaked after a day at the beach.
TP: What is your greatest fear?
AB: One of my children dying. And my Mommy dying. And my sister. And my other sister. And my Daddy. In a nutshell; my people dying.
TP: Which living person do you most admire?
AB: Oprah. Isn’t that everyone’s answer? And Elizabeth Warren as a CLOSE second. And Margaret Atwood. Dammit. That’s three. Fine: Oprah. Final Answer.
TP: What is your greatest extravagance?
TP: What is your current state of mind?
AB: Stressed. Confused. Adult. Tense. And grateful for the inevitable change that will be born as a result of this current state.
TP: What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
AB: Kindness. Such a load of nonsense. Nowadays, people equate “kindness” with liking your friend’s posts on Insta. Kindness - true kindness - is so difficult to execute and rarely “practiced”.
TP: On what occasion do you lie?
AB: To avoid hurting someone. Myself included.
TP: What do you most dislike about your appearance?
AB: I used to HATE my forehead. Someone called it a “six” head in grade eight and it scarred me for a decade. Now I’m over it. I love a slick back bun. Love a tight pony. Love any occasion where I can show off all “six” of my heads in all their glory.
TP: Which living person do you most despise?
AB: I don’t despise any living human. Truly don’t. In my old age, I’ve realized that we’re all terribly flawed. But at the end of the day, we all just want love. That being said, I’m the mother of two young boys and I do DESPISE the characters in Teen Titans. I can’t. Stop talking so fast. I don’t like any of you.
TP: What is the quality you most like in a man?
AB: Sense of humour
TP: What is the quality you most like in a woman?
AB: Sense of humour
TP: Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
AB: “I can’t.” “Sorry” “YASSSSSS” “Fight or flight”
TP: What or who is the greatest love of your life?
AB: My children. Full stop.
TP: When and where were you happiest?
AB: Sitting on beach in Malibu on my 40th birthday singing to sea lions. I scampered across the rocks of Point Dume solo and barefoot with a bottle of Dom and stumbled upon a colony of sea lions. I started singing “A Whole New World” to one and suddenly four others gathered around to hear the concert. When I tried to leave, they barked for an encore. I became the Beyoncé of sea lions. On my 40th Birthday! BEST. DAY. EVER.
TP: If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?
AB: The Internet.
TP: Where would you most like to live?
AB: Manhattan Beach, California. I can tell you the exact house, but I don’t want you to up and buy it before me.