Yvonne Strahovski Quotes: ‘The Handmaid’s Story,’ Serena Pleasure, ‘Dexter’


Is Serena Pleasure…a Swiftie? That we’re undecided, however what we do know is that the lady who performs her, Yvonne Strahovski, named Taylor Swift’s 2014 album, 1989, as one in all two albums she would hearken to for the remainder of her life.

In honor of the premiere of The Handmaid’s Story season 5 on Hulu, we performed a sport of “So Candid” with Strahovski the place we requested her quite a lot of random questions—from what her childhood nickname was to the music that all the time makes her dance (it’s “Endgame” by Taylor Swift, FYI)—as a part of STYLECASTER’s “The World of Model” challenge.

Strahovski has performed Serena Pleasure, the spouse of Commander Fred Waterford and the archnemesis of Handmaid June Osborne, in Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Story since season one in 2017.  In her cowl story for “The World of Model” challenge, Strahovski defined how she’s seen Serena evolve all through the present. She goes from one finish of the spectrum to the opposite, after which sits within the center in that grey space between good and evil, however by no means fairly makes it to the great facet. Which might be why she’s an attention-grabbing character to look at,” she mentioned. “Audiences do find yourself rooting for her, as she and June in previous seasons have gotten nearer or when she’s proven a friendlier facet. Then she simply backflips and goes proper again into being her true self.”

Strahovski additionally advised STYLECASTER about the way it was her “job to humanize” Serena, even when she doesn’t help her actions. “It was troublesome for me to return to phrases with how evil she was at occasions and attempt to justify every thing as a result of, on the finish of the day, it’s my job to humanize her,” she mentioned. “It’s not like I’m enjoying a villain for villain’s sake. She’s a lady who can be surviving in a horrible state of affairs.” She continued, “Initially, after we met her manner again within the pilot, she didn’t belief Fred. Fred had clearly had an affair with a earlier handmaid. She’s acquired her personal bag of issues which have wounded her and traumatized her. I’m not saying that’s an excuse, it’s a platform for a daily particular person having gone by way of sure issues to show you into one thing. Serena’s changed into a little bit of a monster and like all characters in Gilead, she is surviving in her personal manner and the one manner she is aware of the way to.”

As for season 5, Strahovski additionally teased how Serena and June’s relationship will change after the loss of life of Fred in The Handmaid’s story season 4 finale. “As soon as Serena realizes Fred’s gone for good, the loneliness floods in and turns into full on for her,” she mentioned. “What’s she going to do to take cost of her life and actually safe herself an area on this planet? The place is that going to be? How is that going to play out? The place does she really feel protected? ‘What’s she going to do to me and my little one?’ is the largest factor in her thoughts after she finds out June killed Fred. Individuals are dropping out of her life. The absence of all of those individuals is terrifying to her. She actually has to dig her heels in and determine it out. She’s in survival mode now, greater than ever.”

The Handmaid’s Story season 5 is offered to stream on Hulu. Watch Yvonne Strahovski’s “So Candid” interview above. 

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