Elisabeth Moss reflects on her film debut opposite Hulk Hogan: “I have notes”

Before Mad Men and The Handmaid’s Tale, Moss was perfecting her teary-eyed thesping playing opposite Hulk Hugan in the 1991 gem Suburban Commando.


Elisabeth Moss may be known for gravitas and taking on difficult roles, but it all started in the most unlikely places: onscreen with Hulk Hogan.

Moss was on The View promoting the fifth season of The Handmaid’s Tale when the hosts cued up a clip of the actress making her big screen debut in the Hulk Hogan vehicle, 1991’s Suburban Commando, co-starring national treasures Christopher Lloyd and Shelly Duvall.

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Elisabeth Moss looks on as she proves her range at a young age in ‘Suburban Commando’

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In the clip, an adorable young Moss is crying her future Emmy-winning eyes out over her cat being stuck up a tree when Hogan, deep in character as interstellar warrior Shep Ramsey, comes to the rescue, bending the branch down with his mighty muscles — only to send Moss catapulting into the air. Luckily, he catches her (this is a family film, after all).

Moss remembers taking the role in Suburban Commando — tagline: “No home should be without one” — “very seriously,” as seriously as she would have taken anything on the slightly more dramatically intense Handmaid’s Tale.

“I was like eight years old, I had booked a job, and that was cool, and he was this big star,” Moss says of Hogan. “And I had a role and something to do and I took it probably just as serious as I would take anything on The Handmaid’s Tale.”

Co-host Sara Haines notes that Moss’ crying has “gotten more subtle,” and the actress couldn’t agree more. “I think the crying has gotten a little better, I hope,” she jokes. “I have notes.”

Check out Elisabeth Moss and Hulk Hogan go toe to toe — Jon Hamm could never — in the clip below (around the 3:30 mark).

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