YVONNE STRAHOVSKI SAYS HANDMAID’S TALE SHEDS LIGHT ON ISSUES IN REAL WORLD

By New You Editorial
Posted On Apr 28, 2017
YVONNE STRAHOVSKI SAYS HANDMAID’S TALE SHEDS LIGHT ON ISSUES IN REAL WORLD

Taking on the role of Serena Joy Waterford, the wife of a totalitarian Commander in Margaret Atwood’s 1985 dystopian fiction, The Handmaid’s Tale, Yvonne Strahovski says there are many messages in the story. “I think there is hope in the book but it is also a very tragic story told in a beautiful way,” says the Australian actress. “There are lot of messages, a lot of warning signs, a lot of light shed on issues that are actively happening in the real world and have been happening for many decades, but at the end of the day it is a story of survival.”  NEW YOU caught up with Strahovski at the premier of Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale in Los Angeles last night. When she read the script, she realized what a gem she had in her hand. “I was probably not the go to person for this role as Serena Joy is older with a cane in the book,” she said. “You have these two women (Serena Joy and handmaid, Ofglen) pitted against each other and you watch this power play that might not have been there had she (Serena Joy) been as old as she was in the novel.” Strahovski also thinks her character is very complex. “She is a really dark woman and I think she is responsible for part of that darkness. By putting herself in that position she becomes a silent stander-by type person who watches this oppression take place in this society. She is living in this cage that she was part of designing so there were so many dualities just within her character that was attractive to me to dive into.” When it comes to the overall hopeful message of the series, she spoke about women bonding together despite thick and rigid walls. On health, Strahovski cautions against sugar. “Eat your greens!” she laughs. “And listen to the age old advice of ‘you are what you eat,’ – be mindful of what you eat.”