Shining Girls thriller starring Elisabeth Moss premieres April 29

Shining Girls
Elisabeth Moss

Filmed in Chicago last summer, the mind-bending psychological thriller, Shining Girls, premieres on Apple+ this Friday, April 29.

Based on the best-selling novel by Lauren Beukes, Shining Girls stars Elisabeth Moss as Kirby Mazrachi, a Chicago Sun-Times archivist who is recovering from a brutal attack six years prior, that left her in a constantly shifting reality.

When Kirby recognizes clues suggesting that a recent murder is linked to her assault, she teams with veteran reporter Dan Velazquez (Wagner Moura) to understand her ever-changing present, and confront her past. As they realize these cold cases are inextricably linked, their own personal traumas and Kirby’s blurred reality allows her assailant to remain one step ahead.

The gripping drama also stars Phillipa Soo, Amy Brenneman and Jamie Bell. The series is executive produced by Elizabeth Moss and Appian Way and adapted for television by showrunner Silka Luisa, with Emmy Award winner Michelle MacLaren directing the first two episodes.

Elizabeth Moss also directed an episode in the first season.

Moss’s biggest fan, her mother Linda, is originally from the Chicago area and instilled the love of the city in her daughter. While filming in town last summer, Moss deepened her fondness for her mother’s hometown. Already a long time Cubs fan, Moss has shared her affinity for the team and the city throughout the years on various late night talk shows, once telling Seth Meyers, “Most of my acting and emotional-like stress, and anger, and strife came from following the Cubs in the postseason.”

Moss began acting 1991 with her film debut in the Hulk Hogan movie Suburban Commando. Three years later she played Harvey Keitel’s daughter in the movie Imaginary Crimes. She continued to work in TV, both on screen and doing voiceover work in animated series’. 

In 1999 she got her big break on The West Wing playing the youngest daughter of President Josiah Bartlet (Martin Sheen) and First Lady Abigail Bartlet (Stockard Channing).

When The West Wing ended, Moss was cast as Peggy Olson in the iconic 1960s-set series Mad Men. She appeared in all 92 episodes as the ambitious secretary, who hid an unwanted pregnancy and worked her way up the ranks in the male dominated field. Moss earned six Primetime Emmy nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.

In 2017 Elisabeth Moss became a household name when the dystopian series adapted from Margaret Atwood’s best selling book The Handmaid’s Tale hit Hulu. The show became the first streaming service to win the Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series in 2017. The Handmaid’s Tale has collected 15 Emmys and Moss won her lead actress Emmy in 2017 as well.

Moss appeared in Jordan Peele’s Us in 2019, then used her star power to get viewers into the theaters to see the follow-up to Peele’s mind blowing, Academy Award winning film Get Out.

Also in 2019 Moss appeared in the film The Kitchen, which was based on the DC comic book series by Ollie Masters and also starred Melissa McCarthy and Tiffany Haddish.

Continuing in the spotlight, Moss starred in the 2020 iteration of The Invisible Man and in 2021, she appeared in Wes Anderson’s The French DIspatch

The first season of Shining Girls consists of eight episodes. Three episodes will be released on April 29, 2022 and a new episode will be released every Friday after that.

We look forward to seeing a lot more of Elizabeth Moss in Chicago!

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