Category: Television Shows

The Wrap Interview & Photoshoot


As she cruelly controls and manipulates Elisabeth Moss’ character Offred, Serena Joy is commonly perceived as a villain on “The Handmaid’s Tale,” and actress Yvonne Strahovski agrees that her character is a bad person.

“One thing I really struggled with was to relate to her to begin with and turn my judgmental self off because I don’t agree with what she is doing,” the actress said in an interview with TheWrap. “It was really about peeling away all the judgment and seeing who she is on the inside.

“In the book we don’t get to explore Serena Joy’s backstory [as a televangelist who advocated for women to return to traditional family values] as much as we do on the television show, so it was important to try to humanize this villain … to try and feel for her as well,” Strahovski continued.

Hulu’s groundbreaking adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s 1985 dystopian novel was filmed during the presidential election last November, and airs in the subsequent aftermath and the dawn of the Trump era. Parallels between Atwood’s fictional theocratic military dictatorship of the Republic of Gilead and Donald Trump’s America have not been lost on viewers, the cast or even the author herself.

“It was really astounding fascinating to watch things unfold in real life in politics … the derogatory comments that Trump made about women and all the fallout from that,” Strahovski, who is Australian-born to Polish parents, told TheWrap. “Making the show pre-election and then post-election, and then realizing as they are editing it how real and how topical this show is going to be.”

Earlier this week, “The Handmaid’s Tale” even inspired abortion bill protestors to dress in its signature red robes and white bonnets in opposition of a proposed state legislation in Ohio.

“I think what is so great is that the show is sparking very real conversations about substantial things we need to talk about in today’s society,” Strahovski said.

“The show talks about people’s real fears in the world and here in the States, it is alarming to watch. I myself sit at home and I know what is happening [on the Hulu series], I can’t help to feel alarmed about what is going on as it feels so close to home — it feels too close. This was originally a story about a future world. But what the show does really well is show how present that future is — it’s now.

As for the complexities of Serena Joy, who went from being involved in writing the laws of the Republic to being subservient to her husband, Commander Waterford (Joseph Fiennes), Strahovski said: “This idea of being stripped of so many things you would have a right to … women weren’t allowed to read or write in this society. She was a writer and a spokeswoman — then she had that taken away from her.

“I see this boiling pot of water with this lid on it … that was the image I kept hold of her as there’s no outlet in Gilead,” she added.

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“The Handmaid’s Tale” 1×09 The Bridge & 1×10 Night Screen Captures

Screen captures from episodes 1×09 The Bridge & 1×10 Night from “The Handmaid’s Tale” are now in the gallery. The first season was absolutely spectacular! I can’t wait for season two!


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“The Handmaid’s Tale”: 1×08 Jezebel Captures + Promotional Photos & Stills

The gallery has been updated with screen captures from episode 1×08 Jezebel of “The Handmaid’s Tale”. In addition, I have added episode stills, on the set pictures, and promotional photos from “The Handmaid’s Tale”.


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“The Handmaid’s Tale” 1×05 Faithful & 1×06 A Woman’s Place Screen Captures + New Layouts

The gallery has been updated with screen captures episodes 1×05 Faithful & 1×06 A Woman’s Place from “The Handmaid’s Tale”. Also, as you can see we have brand new layouts at the main site & gallery. The headers were made by me and the theme was made by MonicaNDesign.

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“The Handmaid’s Tale” 1×01-1×04 Screen Captures

Screen captures from the first four episodes of “The Handmaid’s Tale” are now in the gallery.


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“The Handmaid’s Tale” Renewed for Season 2 at Hulu

“The Handmaid’s Tale” has been renewed for a second season! Congratulations to Yvonne and the rest of the cast & crew!

Just one week after its debut, Hulu has renewed “The Handmaid’s Tale” for a second season, Variety has learned. Season 2 will premiere in 2018.

The renewal will be announced Wednesday at Hulu’s Upfront presentation.

According to Hulu, which did not release numbers, “The Handmaid’s Tale” has been watched by more Hulu viewers than any other series premiere on the platform, considering both original and acquired series.

Aside from viewership success, the show has received widespread critical acclaim, with Variety‘s awards editor Kristopher Tapley penning a recent column about the series titled, “Does Hulu Finally Have A Serious Emmy Contender?” Variety TV critic Sonia Saraiya called the drama “a worthy, heartbreaking adaptation of the text, anchored by strong performances and profound visual grammar” in her review.

Based on Margaret Atwood’s novel of the same name, “The Handmaid’s Tale” follows the story of life in the dystopia of Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was formerly part of the United States. Elisabeth Moss stars alongside Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski, Alexis Bledel, Madeline Brewer, Ann Down, O.T. Fagbenle, Max Minghella, and Samira Wiley.

“The response we’ve seen to ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ in just one week since its premiere has been absolutely incredible. It has been an honor to work with this talented team of cast and creators to develop a series that has struck such a chord with audiences across the country,” said Craig Erwich, Hulu’s SVP and head of content. “As we continue to expand our strong slate of original programming, ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ is exactly the type of gripping and thought-provoking storytelling we want to bring to viewers. We can’t wait to explore the world of Gilead and continue Margaret’s vision with another season on Hulu.”

“Handmaid’s Tale” is created, executive produced, and written by Bruce Miller. Warren Littlefield serves as executive producer and Atwood is a consulting producer on the series. MGM Television produces.

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Premiere Of Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” & More Appearances Added

Hello everyone! Yvonne has been busy lately doing press for her new Hulu show “The Handmaid’s Tale” that just premiered last week. The first four episodes are now available to watch on Hulu so be sure to check it out! The show is great so far! Screen captures will be up in the gallery soon! For now, the gallery has been updated with all of Yvonne’s recent events. She looks beautiful, as always.


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Video: Build Series Presents Yvonne Strahovski Discussing “The Handmaid’s Tale

Check out Yvonne’s Build Series interview below: