Margaret Atwood Thinks Drake Would Make a Wonderful Addition to Season 2 of The Handmaid's Tale

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Drake appearing on the second season of hit Hulu TV series The Handmaid’s Tale just went from an impossibility literally no one had considered to a hard maybe, thanks to a recent conversation between novelists Junot Díaz and Margaret Atwood, published in the Boston Review.

The critical exchange begins when Díaz suggests that there now exist two major stars of Toronto, Canada: Margaret Atwood and Drake. To which Atwood replies, graciously, “This has been wonderful. Because so unexpected!” Diaz then asks if Atwood had ever met Drake and she admits she hasn’t, but only because they don’t get invited to the same parties. Also: Margaret Atwood doesn’t go to parties, not really. Then we get this, unprompted:

Margaret Atwood: Wouldn’t it be fun for [Drake] to have a cameo in season two of The Handmaid’s Tale?

Junot Díaz: Well, there you have it.

MA: There you have it. I’ll drop that notion into the ear of Bruce Miller, the show runner and see what he can do with that, because of course the show is filmed in Toronto. Maybe Drake could help smuggle someone?

JD: Yeah. And it is an extraordinary time. I’ve never seen young Canadians so thrilled to have these models.


I mean, Díaz kind of kills that particular conversation, but you get the idea! I wasn’t totally sold on the first season, but if a Drake cameo is hidden in a random episode of the second, then I will either watch all of it, or read episode recaps until I figure out what role he plays in Gilead (or, more likely, Canada).

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