Nick Blaine (played by Max Minghella) is the Commander’s chauffeur and resides above the garage.
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He is an ambiguous man of low status who develops a close relationship with protagonist Offred (Elisabeth Moss) – the handmaid.
However, he is much more than a driver and companion, in fact, his story runs deeper as secrets unravel in season two of The Handmaid’s Tale.
Teasing the upcoming series, Max said: “I love that he [Nick] constantly has to wear a mask and different masks, and that makes any scene interesting.
“I am very excited that I get to keep inhabiting this person.”
He went on to tell Brief Take that he relates to the character and finds aspects of himself in Nick.
“With Nick, I don’t know if it’s the writers reflecting myself into the character,” he added.
“Or whether it’s just luck or circumstance, but there’s a lot of me in this person. So I often do try to draw from my own experiences.”
He continued: “If I were playing someone wildly different to myself, it would probably be a lot harder.
“I like that I can try and bring some of my own personality to it.”
This is the first time Max, who appeared in The Social Network and Horns, has starred in a long-running TV show.
Speaking about the break-out role, he said: “I think it would be difficult to do this kind of format and not love the character you’re doing.”
He added: “Everybody gets along with one another and everybody is super professional. It’s a very work-focused work, it’s not a big partying group.”
The 32-year-old actor also praised his co-star Elizabeth, saying: “I get to act opposite Lizzie, who must be the best actor I’ve ever come across.
“Lizzie and I have a very special relationship and connection and that’s very organic to us.
“So I really try to embed reality into it as much as possible.”
The Handmaid’s Tale is based on the 1985 novel of the same name by Margaret Atwood and follows the journey of the handmaid, Offred.
It also focuses on women’s struggle for equality in a predominately misogynistic society and there efforts to gain independence.
The Handmaid’s Tale season two airs in the US on April 25 on Hulu.