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 every of 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 a wide range of random questions—from what her childhood nickname was to the track that all the time makes her dance (it’s “Endgame” by Taylor Swift, FYI)—as a part of STYLECASTER’s “The World of Fashion” subject.

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 Fashion” subject, 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 stated. “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 instructed STYLECASTER about the way it was her “job to humanize” Serena, even when she doesn’t help her actions. “It was tough for me to return to phrases with how evil she was at instances and attempt to justify all the pieces as a result of, on the finish of the day, it’s my job to humanize her,” she stated. “It’s not like I’m taking part in a villain for villain’s sake. She’s a girl who can also be surviving in a horrible scenario.” She continued, “Initially, after we met her approach 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 an everyday individual having gone via sure issues to show you into one thing. Serena’s became a little bit of a monster and like all characters in Gilead, she is surviving in her personal approach and the one approach she is aware of easy methods to.”

As for season 5, Strahovski additionally teased how Serena and June’s relationship will change after the demise 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 stated. “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 most important factor in her thoughts after she finds out June killed Fred. Individuals are dropping out of her life. The absence of all of those folks 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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