The Handmaid’s Tale star Elizabeth Moss has said that she studied the documentaries on the lives of Kurt Cobain, Amy Winehouse, and Marilyn Monroe to prepare for her role in the film Her Smell. The 36-year-old actor plays Becky Something, a self-destructive punk rocker who struggles with sobriety while trying to recapture the creative inspiration that led her band to success. “I watched any music documentary I could get my hands on, honestly,” said Moss.
“All the usual suspects, Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, which I’d already seen but now I’ve seen a million times, Amy, the Amy Winehouse documentary. And also things on Marilyn Monroe, like that kind of thing, just to get a grasp of that fame and that addiction. Anything I could find about somebody who was incredibly famous or successful, but also dealing with addiction, was very helpful,” she added. The film, directed by Alex Ross Perry, had its world premiere at the ongoing Toronto International Film Festival.