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February 13, 2019

Blessed be the fruit, ’cause Hulu has set the premiere date for Season 3 of “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

The Elisabeth Moss-led drama will return with three new episodes at once on Wednesday, June 5, the streamer announced during the Television Critics Association press tour Monday. Subsequent episodes will be released every Wednesday.

After the premiere date announcement was made, Hulu’s Senior Vice President of Originals, Craig Erwich, told reporters during his executive session the decision to push the start of Season 3 to June — which will make it ineligible to compete in the 2019 Emmys — has nothing to do with when “Game of Thrones” comes back with its final batch of episodes — which will be eligible.

Per Hulu, the 13-episode third season of “The Handmaid’s Tale” is driven by June’s (Moss) resistance to the dystopian regime of Gilead and her struggle to strike back against overwhelming odds. Startling reunions, betrayals, and a journey to the terrifying heart of Gilead force all characters to take a stand, guided by one defiant prayer: “Blessed be the fight.”

The Season 2 finale of the Bruce Miller-created drama, titled “The Word,” ended with Offred/June making a giant sacrifice, by giving her baby girl Holly/Nicole to Emily (Alexis Bledel) to look after, rather than joining the two on their free ride out of the dystopian society. Instead, the mother of two decides to go against the plan carried out with help from a ton of Marthas on Wednesday’s episode and stay behind.

Along with Moss and Bledel, the series stars Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski, Madeline Brewer, Ann Dowd, O-T Fagbenle, Max Minghella, Samira Wiley and Bradley Whitford.

Source: thewrap.com


January 16, 2019

Yvonne Strahovski just had a baby this past fall — and fellow new moms are looking for advice!

While speaking to Strahovski for an interview with E! Live from the Red Carpet at the 2019 Golden Globes, Ryan Seacrest asked The Handmaid’s Tale star if she wouldn’t mind answering a question from his sister Meredith, who gave birth to daughter Flora Marie on Dec. 10.

Hi, Yvonne, I just wanted to say congratulations on becoming a new mom — I am one too,” Meredith told the star, who was outfitted in an aqua-colored gown for the evening. “I just had my own little Flora a month ago, so you’re about two months ahead of me. I was just curious if there’s any toy or gadget you can’t live without.

My mom just got him this spinning-wheel thing,” said Strahovski, 36, who’s nominated for her role as Serena Joy Waterford in the Hulu drama, in the category of best supporting actress in a series, limited series or TV movie.

She added of her son‘s interaction with the gadget, “It’s actually made for 6 months old and he’s already starting to utilize it. It has lights and stuff — anything with lights, they love the lights.

Ahead of the show, Strahovski shared a photo of herself and her baby boy looking out a window, writing alongside the post, “Starting off the Globes weekend right 👊🏼

The actress announced on Instagram Oct. 15 that she and husband Tim Loden had welcomed their first child. “My heart has melted into a billion pieces a thousand times already,” the new mom captioned her black-and-white mother-son photo.

We have been blessed with the greatest joy of our lives, our baby boy,” she continued. “Welcome to the world Peanut, your parents love you beyond measure and you are already my little dream boat. My heart has been stolen!

Source: people.com


January 7, 2019

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December 11, 2018

One thing is for sure, Commander Fred has crapped the proverbial marital bed on Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale, especially after the profoundly disturbing scene last season that showed him putting his wayward book reading wife Serena Joy in her place…minus a digit.

Yvonne Strahovski’s chilling and conflicted turn as Serena Joy on Handmaid’s Tale has left all of us wondering her next move, as Season 3 will dangle a plethora of possibilities in this televised adaptation of Canadian author Margaret Atwood’s chilling gender dystopian nightmare that parallels a bit of real life, uncomfortably so for some.

In her former pre-Gilead existence, our pious media-savvy public speaker and author Serena was a rock star, a veritable muse, and architect of what Gilead was to be on paper, igniting the passion and desire within graspy little Fred, who wisely latched on to her star.

Cut to today in Gilead, where Fred is elevated in stature and makes sure all under him know that they are supplicants, even his wife, the one who literally shaped the matrix of which he is now part of the ruling class.

Will Serena tire of Fred’s hypocrisy, outright cheating, flirtatious ways, pedantic and paternalistic put-downs and finally join the resistance? That would be the most satisfying and in a sense, utterly predictable turn of events for those invested in this bleak yet addictive series.

More importantly, is she plotting his death after he cut off her pinky finger as punishment for reading in front of the assembled Gilead brass?

Or will her character capitulate and continue in her privileged oppressor role enjoying a protected life cloistered inside the mansion while pining for baby Holly/Nicole currently on the lam (thanks to Commander Lawrence (Bradley Whitford) who I hope we see again in season three) with her mum Offred/June?

Well, there’s lots at stake and we are well past the original source material Ms. Atwood put out in 1984. The original story now has some interesting potential outcomes. Which way, Serena Joy?

One thing is for sure, it seems evil always overplays it’s hand, eventually. Will the resistance organize enough to topple the hierarchy of Gilead and more importantly, will Serena Joy re-establish her sense of self-worth and her voice?

In real life, Strahovski is a new mother to a baby boy born this past October. She also narrowly escaped losing her home during the recent Malibu and California fires. Luckily she weathered the threat and has found time to do some great good with the Sierra Club as a spokesperson to boot.

We spoke with Yvonne about what is to come on the Hulu series and beyond.

Monsters and Critics: Serena Joy, she was the intellectual architect in so many ways for Gilead. And now Gilead has bitten this hand that’s helped build her…

Yvonne Strahovski: It is literal as well. Right? She’s lost a finger for standing up against it. Yeah, that’s really interesting that she does make that move to sort of take a stand against something that she was a part of creating in the first place.

A lot of people ask me, “What did Serena expect would happen in that moment?”

And I do think that perhaps she maybe thought that it wasn’t ever going to pass by the panel of men that were sitting there and listening to her. I’m sure there was hope that they would listen, but I think more than anything it was a moment for her where she was finally doing a good thing in her life, where she doesn’t normally do good things.

We know Serena to be very bitter and miserable and to do horrible things. This is such a moment where she was standing up for her daughter and for all the daughters in Gilead and the future of women in this society.

And I think it just felt good to just do something good, regardless of the outcome. And I think she was always willing to pay the price for it, even though I think she didn’t expect to.

M&C: I can see why. Because your character, Serena, really lashed out at Fred in anger when you guys were on the chase for pregnant Offred when she was hiding in that big, cold mansion. And he seemed chastened and cowered. He took it. That was the first time I think we saw your character really let loose on Fred.

Yvonne: Yeah.

Full interview: monstersandcritics.com


December 6, 2018

Los Angeles: Nicole Kidman and Yvonne Strahovski have been nominated for Golden Globes, but the news was not so good for fellow Australians Hugh Jackman, Margot Robbie, Toni Collette and Joel Edgerton.

Political comedy Vice led movie nominations with six nods, followed by musical A Star is Born, historical comedy The Favourite and road trip movie Green Book. Lady Gaga was nominated for best actress for A Star is Born.

Limited series The Assassination of Gianni Versace won the most nominations in the television category with four nods.

Kidman was nominated on Thursday at the Golden Globes ceremony in Los Angeles for best actress in a drama for her role in Destroyer.

Kidman, however, did not score a rare double nod, with her name not called out in the supporting actress category for Boy Erased.

Strahovski was nominated for a supporting actress Golden Globe for her performance in the TV drama series The Handmaid’s Tale.

Collette was considered an outside chance for a best actress in a drama film nomination for the chilling horror movie Hereditary while Robbie, in Mary Queen of Scots, and Elizabeth Debicki, in Widows, also missed out in the supporting actress category.

Jackman, who played sex scandal-plagued 1988 US presidential candidate Gary Hart in The Front Runner, was bypassed in the best actor in a film drama category.

Edgerton, who directed and had a supporting actor role in the film Boy Erased, was also among the snubs.

The winners will be revealed at the 76th Golden Globes ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 6.

Source: smh.com.au