SPOILERS (In case you have not seen season two, please learn no additional)
One factor is for positive, Commander Fred has crapped the proverbial marital mattress on Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale, particularly after the profoundly disturbing scene final season that confirmed him placing his wayward e-book studying spouse Serena Pleasure in her place…minus a digit.
Yvonne Strahovski’s chilling and conflicted flip as Serena Pleasure on Handmaid’s Tale has left all of us questioning her subsequent transfer, as Season three will dangle a plethora of prospects on this televised adaptation of Canadian writer Margaret Atwood’s chilling gender dystopian nightmare that parallels a little bit of actual life, uncomfortably so for some.
Serena Pleasure (Yvonne Strahovski), earlier than the autumn of the USA to Gilead. Pic credit score: Hulu
In her former pre-Gilead existence, our pious media-savvy public speaker and writer Serena was a rock star, a veritable muse, and architect of what Gilead was to be on paper, igniting the eagerness and want inside graspy little Fred, who correctly latched on to her star.
Minimize to right now in Gilead, the place Fred is elevated in stature and makes positive all underneath him know that they’re supplicants, even his spouse, the one who actually formed the matrix of which he’s now a part of the ruling class.
Will Serena tire of Fred’s hypocrisy, outright dishonest, flirtatious methods, pedantic and paternalistic put-downs and eventually be a part of the resistance? That might be probably the most satisfying and in a way, completely predictable flip of occasions for these invested on this bleak but addictive collection.
Extra importantly, is she plotting his demise after he minimize off her pinky finger as punishment for studying in entrance of the assembled Gilead brass?
Or will her character capitulate and proceed in her privileged oppressor position having fun with a protected life cloistered contained in the mansion whereas pining for child Holly/Nicole presently on the lam (because of Commander Lawrence (Bradley Whitford) who I hope we see once more in season three) together with her mum Offred/June?
Properly, there’s tons at stake and we’re nicely previous the unique supply materials Ms. Atwood put out in 1984. The unique story now has some fascinating potential outcomes. Which means, Serena Pleasure?
One factor is for positive, it appears evil all the time overplays it’s hand, ultimately. Will the resistance arrange sufficient to topple the hierarchy of Gilead and extra importantly, will Serena Pleasure re-establish her sense of self-worth and her voice?
In actual life, Strahovski is a brand new mom to a child boy born this previous October. She additionally narrowly escaped dropping her residence in the course of the current Malibu and California fires. Fortunately she weathered the menace and has discovered time to do some nice good with the Sierra Membership as a spokesperson in addition.
We spoke with Yvonne about what’s to return on the Hulu collection and past.
Monsters and Critics: Serena Pleasure, she was the mental architect in so some ways for Gilead. And now Gilead has bitten this hand that’s helped construct her…
Fred doing what he does greatest, letting others do his soiled work. Pic credit score: Hulu
Yvonne Strahovski: It’s literal as nicely. Proper? She’s misplaced a finger for standing up towards it. Yeah, that’s actually fascinating that she does make that transfer to kind of take a stand towards one thing that she was part of creating within the first place.
Lots of people ask me, “What did Serena expect would happen in that moment?”
And I do assume that maybe she perhaps thought that it wasn’t ever going to move by the panel of males that have been sitting there and listening to her. I’m positive there was hope that they might pay attention, however I feel greater than something it was a second for her the place she was lastly doing a very good factor in her life, the place she doesn’t usually do good issues.
We all know Serena to be very bitter and depressing and to do horrible issues. That is such a second the place she was standing up for her daughter and for all of the daughters in Gilead and the way forward for ladies on this society.
And I feel it simply felt good to only do one thing good, whatever the consequence. And I feel she was all the time prepared to pay the worth for it, despite the fact that I feel she didn’t anticipate to.
M&C: I can see why. As a result of your character, Serena, actually lashed out at Fred in anger if you guys have been on the chase for pregnant Offred when she was hiding in that massive, chilly mansion. And he appeared chastened and cowered. He took it. That was the primary time I feel we noticed your character actually let unfastened on Fred.
Serena lashes out at Fred as they hunt for Offred. Pic credit score: Hulu
M&C: And he didn’t hit you. He simply took it. So having stated that, contempt and worry simply kill relationships. And it seems your character’s marriage with Fred is completed. How is your character Serena processing this violence that she suffered at his arms? As we go into the brand new season.
Yvonne: Nicely in my thoughts I feel Serena thinks it’s completed too. In all probability together with most viewers members, and also you. It appears very troublesome to return again from one thing like that. It was one factor that he beat her after which it was one other factor that he minimize off her pinky.
That’s not even mentioning the entire breakdown of their relationship that occurred earlier than all of that occurred, together with his flirtations with the handmaids, all the opposite stuff. So going into this season, that’s just about the start line actually, is how do you … should you do, ever recuperate from one thing like that?
I feel a lot of Serena’s id was tied into being a mom and being married and being a pair with Fred and elevating a toddler. And now that’s kind of all come crashing down and she or he’s misplaced this piece of the puzzle that was going to make every part good.
Who’s she now, with out that, on this society, in Gilead the place that was actually all she needed to do? I feel it actually … it’s clearly extremely difficult so I’m actually wanting ahead to exploring the place they take that for us.
M&C: Proper. The Marthas, they’ve all banded collectively and brought up June’s trigger they usually’ve helped June and Holly/Nicole escape. Now you’re a brand new mom, how do these feelings, after having your first youngster and understanding that bonding, inform the way you strategy to enjoying Serena with not solely your anger at Fred however your want to nonetheless be a mom to this spirited away child woman?
Yvonne: I imply they’re totally different. Sure, as a result of I shot the final 5 episodes of the season two pregnant, so actually I hadn’t turn out to be a mom but. I used to be a mom to 2 furry doggies.
So I do know the emotions that I’ve in the direction of my canine, and people who find themselves canine house owners will know what I’m speaking about. There’s absolute love. You consider your canine as youngsters. Nevertheless it’s not the identical as having a toddler, a child, which clearly, I now have in my actual life.
So a whole lot of season two was me imagining what it might be like to offer one thing away that was utterly devastating and crushing. And now I actually, in my soul, perceive that actual feeling, what that may actually be like.
And so, my actual life as a brand new mother I feel goes to be extremely inspiring for me getting into into season three now. Coping with this loss, as Serena offers together with her lack of child Holly/Nicole, as you name her.
M&C: It looks like your relationship with June continues to be rooted in anger. It’s gone from contempt and disgust virtually a respect there. You respect her survivor expertise and the truth that she isn’t taking it. Am I incorrect or proper?
The bond that introduced them collectively was child Holly/Nicole. Pic credit score: Hulu
Yvonne: Nicely sure, there’s undoubtedly all these emotions after which some. I feel what threads them collectively is the widespread love … the widespread curiosity that they’ve. And that’s child Holly/Nicole. I feel June/Offred, [laughs] everybody has two names now, June/Offred is absolutely the one person who Serena can truly belief I feel with Nicole.
Which is why she in all probability agreed in that cut up second second, to let her take her out of Gilead. I don’t assume that anyone else would have been capable of persuade her to try this. It needed to be Offred.
As a result of Offred has the identical funding on this youngster, on this child that got here out of her. And now I feel Serena is sort of realizing maybe what it may need been like for Offred this entire time with regard to Hannah. Perhaps there’s that exploration as properly there… after Serena’s had this horrible expertise of her personal.
M&C: Proper. Does your character, Serena, work together in any respect with Commander Lawrence, who Bradley Whitford performs. Are we going to see him on this new season or no?
Yvonne: I don’t know if I’m allowed to reply that. And I don’t know if Serena goes to have something to do with him if he’s round for season three.
M&C: Understood. Okay, nicely I’m going to maneuver away from Handmaid’s Tale. I used to be so thrilled to see you being a spokesperson for Sierra Membership of which I’m a card-carrying member. I needed to know why you hitched your wagon to that nonprofit?
Yvonne: Properly I’ve all the time needed to become involved with a gaggle, a corporation like The Sierra Membership. I didn’t actually find out about The Sierra Membership, to be trustworthy. And I’ve been working a lot that I needed to have a considerate course of and type of choosing the place I needed to place my power into and it got here up … the thought got here up to do that undertaking with them, this video.
And I jumped on it. I noticed a lot of my ardour in different areas aside from appearing lies in nature and the setting and it’s one thing that’s actually pricey to me and one thing I grew up with. So it simply makes a lot sense for me to work with them on issues like this.
M&C: Sure, it’s fantastic. You’re Australian and I noticed that you simply stay in Malibu. These horrendous fires … I noticed that you simply escaped any hurt, however Australia and Southern California share that comparable arid wind-driven menace almost yearly. Are you able to share something about anybody who may need helped you?
Yvonne: Sure. No, we have been very, very fortunate. We have been watching with bated breath on the information of we noticed the fires getting very, very near the place we stay. It was a really difficult time. My son was solely 4 and a half weeks I feel, so we have been actually simply kind of making an attempt to juggle being new mother and father earlier than we obtained evacuated.
Fortunately we might go to stick with household on the town. Nevertheless it was so much. We have been additionally making an attempt to pack for Canada as a result of that’s the place we shoot season three Handmaid’s Tale. So it was numerous, “Oh gosh, how are we gonna go get our stuff? Are we going to lose our stuff to a fire? Oh my gosh, we have a newborn baby. We’re not sleeping.”
Then because the journey dates neared nearer and nearer we realized we have now to return to the home as soon as they lastly opened up the roads. And I assumed it was going to be okay in there, and it was, it was simply very smoky in there. So we ended up spending loads of time cleansing that out.
However we now have an exquisite group of pals who confirmed up on a Sunday with masks and cleansing merchandise and helped us wipe out the whole lot and dampen issues and get the odor and the smoke out of there with sands and air purifiers. So, very grateful to have a tremendous group of household and pals round us.
M&C: You’ve received some films coming. Something you need to share with us about what we will anticipate this yr, 2019 from you?
Yvonne: 2019, nicely after I wrapped season two Handmaid’s I went to Australia and I shot a film with a stunning actress Noomi Rapace, referred to as Angel of Mine. I don’t know when that’s popping out, however I feel that’s popping out in subsequent yr. Actually, I do know it’s, I simply don’t know the precise date.
That’s a very superb story between two ladies. I don’t understand how a lot I can say about it however I in all probability can say that there are some comparable robust themes of motherhood differently than to what I discover in The Handmaid’s Tale. Kim Farrant is the director.
M&C: Something you need to tease so far as the tonality of season three for Handmaid’s Tale? Simply to provide a sign on which method it’s going?
Yvonne: Yeah. Season three I feel goes to have a bit extra punch to it when it comes to focusing extra, somewhat extra on resistance and ladies coming collectively to make modifications.
Whether or not Serena will get concerned in that type of exercise or not is one other query. Definitely one thing I’m wanting ahead to exploring with enjoying her.
And I really like the start line this season for Serena, which is the aftermath of getting given up this youngster and what meaning for her and the way she sees herself in Gilead and her id, and what it means shifting ahead. So there’s plenty of totally different flavors I assume, so to talk, this yr.
The Handmaid’s Tale season three on Hulu is predicted in 2019, TBA.