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July 12, 2018

AUSTRALIAN actress Yvonne Strahovski’s scene-stealing turn in The Handmaid’s Tale has earned her an Emmy nomination, but plenty of her fellow Aussies missed out.

AUSTRALIAN actor Yvonne Strahovski has scored an Emmy nomination for her role scene-stealing — and occasionally psychotic — role in The Handmaid’s Tale.

Strahovski’s performance as the cunning and manipulative Serena has earned rave reviews from critics and fans alike, with US TV bible TV Guide declaring the Sydney native’s performance was “the only reason to watch season two”.

The news was not so good for Nicole Kidman at the Emmy nomination ceremony in Los Angeles overnight. She was snubbed for her performance in Top of the Lake: China Girl, as was Naomi Watts for roles in Twin Peaks and the Netflix series Gypsy.

Top of the Lake: China Girl, shot in Sydney, also missed out in other categories, including best limited TV series.

Other Australians who missed out on nominations included Portia de Rossi (Arrested Development), Hugo Weaving (Patrick Melrose), Elizabeth Debicki (The Tale) and Jim Jefferies (The Jim Jefferies Show).

Strahovski’s Handmaid’s Tale co-star Elisabeth Moss missed out on a nomination for Top of the Lake: China Girl but scored a nod for best actress in a drama series for her role as the imprisoned June, with Strahovski’s nomination coming in the supporting actress category.

Strahovski will compete for the Emmy against two The Handmaid’s Tale co-stars, Alexis Bledel and Ann Dowd, as well as Lena Headey (Game of Thrones), Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things), Thandie Newton (Westworld) and Vanessa Kirby (The Crown).

The Handmaid’s Tale was one of the big winners with 20 nominations overall. Game Of Thrones was the dominant series.

Source: news.com.au

July 12, 2018

(Spoiler alert: Please do not read ahead unless you’ve seen the Season 2 finale of “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “The Word.”)

Serena Joy may want her baby back.

On Wednesday’s Season 2 finale of Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” Yvonne Strahovski’s character made the last-minute decision to let Offred/June (Elisabeth Moss) take their infant daughter, Holly/Nicole, away from Gilead with the help of a whole bunch of Marthas.

While Serena does not yet know that June actually gave the child to Emily (Alexis Bledel) to take to safety — and that she stayed behind in hopes of saving her other daughter Hannah from the dystopian regime — she does know that she may not be comfortable with the choice she made so quickly to let June’s biological baby go.

At least that’s what creator/showrunner Bruce Miller says Commander Fred Waterford’s (Joseph Fiennes) wife is thinking as they prepare for Season 3.

I think that Serena is a complicated character. But she, in her own mind, doesn’t have evil motives,” Miller told reporters Monday during a conference call regarding the sophomore season’s closing episode “And here she’s been kind of left with this one thing that she’s allowed to want, which is a child. I mean everything else has been taken away with her. The desire to run a country, the desire to kind of serve God in the way that she wants to.

So I think that now that’s been, that she’s made the choice of that actually means that she’s going to not be with the child — that she genuinely loves the child, it can’t grow up in Gilead, she has a choice to make — is she gonna find something else to focus on? Is she going to stay bereft, and empty, and live in Gilead? Or is she gonna find a way to get her daughter back? Is she gonna change her mind about her daughter and try to get her hands on that child again, all those things are possible.

To Serena’s credit, earlier in the episode, she came before her husband and the other commanders to try and make a case for gender equality in Gilead as she started to realize that her daughter would never really be safe in an extremist patriarchal society. But that didn’t go as planned. (See: her chopped off pinky finger.)

So I think that going forward with Serena, you wanna follow that incredibly, intelligent woman with a force of personality and tunnel vision that is unrivaled,” Miller said. “What is she gonna bring that force to bear on next and I don’t know. I mean, I know because I’m working on it. But I’m not sure whether she’d be so quick to let go of the idea of a child just because she made a decision in a moment.

Miller says that he’s “in awe of what Yvonne’s been able to do this season.”

And what Lizzy and Yvonne have been able to build together in terms of the arc of a character who really can be despicable and completely unredeemable in one moment and then you feel sorry for her and the next moment, which is just an astonishing slight of hand that Yvonne works very, very hard to make seem easy,” he added. “She’s spectacular.

Source: thewrap.com

July 7, 2018

Playing a cruel barren wife on The Handmaid’s Tale hasn’t been easy for Yvonne Strahovski. The newly pregnant star reflects on her “harrowing” role and bringing her own baby into the world.
Serena Joy Waterford may be a fictional character – and a cold-hearted, brutal, vengeful one at that – but so believable is Australian actress Yvonne Strahovski in portraying her and her infertile state in The Handmaid’s Tale that when Strahovski tells me she’s pregnant, it’s hard not to shout “Praise be!

The breakout star of the Hulu original series is delighting in discussing her hitherto closely guarded secret, giving her first interview to Vogue Australia since announcing on Instagram in mid-May that she and her husband, actor Tim Loden, were expecting their first child.

I’ve been dying to talk about it,” Strahovski enthuses, before confiding the concerns she had for her unborn baby during the recent shooting of season two of The Handmaid’s Tale, given the unrelenting sadism and seething hatred that drives Serena Joy.

The Sydney-born, Los Angeles-based actress is in Melbourne shooting Angel of Mine, Luke Davies’s adaptation of the 2008 French film L’Empreinte de L’Ange, directed by Strangerland’s Kim Farrant and starring The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’s Noomi Rapace. It’s three years since Strahovski has been in Australia, and many more since she made an Australian film.

It often surprises fans of the cult TV series The Handmaid’s Tale to learn Strahovski is Australian, so convincing is her American accent. The only child of Polish immigrants, Strahovski grew up in Maroubra, Sydney, a studious child obsessed with dancing, acting and the outdoors. She honed her craft at the University of Western Sydney before landing roles in local television dramas, including Double the Fist in 2004 and headLand a year later.

She decided to try her hand in LA, auditioning for the role of Sarah Walker in Chuck three days after arriving. She planned to stay a couple of months and now calls it home, 11 years later. The Emmy Award-winning series Chuck ultimately ran for five years and Strahovski has played a host of strong, complex characters ever since: serial killer Hannah McKay on the TV series Dexter, Rene Carpenter in The Astronaut Wives Club and Emma on the upcoming film The Predator, among many others.

Still, there will be audiences worldwide who have only come to know Strahovski through The Handmaid’s Tale, creator Bruce Miller’s 2017 adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s bestselling 1985 novel set in a dystopian future that sees America overtaken by a fundamentalist regime, the few remaining fertile women forced into sexual servitude to bear children for the Commanders of the Faithful.

Starring Elisabeth Moss as Offred, a handmaid determined to fight back against her commander (Joseph Fiennes) and his barren wife (Strahovski), series one earnt eight Emmys and two Golden Globes and captivated television viewers worldwide, airing as it did in a post-Trump America that made Atwood’s depiction of new land Gilead seem frighteningly plausible.

Strahovski hadn’t read Atwood’s novel but was so captivated by the character of Serena Joy and the story laid out in the pilot that she signed on immediately. “I found her quite mesmerising, because I didn’t have all the answers to her and didn’t have her backstory [back then],” Strahovski explains. “So, to me, all that loneliness, bitterness and emotional instability were the first things I noticed about this character, and I loved the complexity of her and the rest of the characters.

Full interview: vogue.com.au

June 14, 2018