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July 7, 2019

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Yvonne Strahovski scooped Emmy, Golden Globe and Critics’ Circle nominations for her star turn as the villainous Serena Joy in The Handmaid’s Tale, which famously tackles the role of patriarchy and religion in suppressing women’s rights.
And the Sydney-born actor is happy to comment on the increasing similarities between the fictional dystopia and our current reality: “There are things happening now that directly reflect the themes of the show. It’s a scary world we’re living in,” she says.
Of the current debate raging in the US over women’s reproductive rights, she says, “No one and no law has the right to make a decision on behalf of the woman.

Yvonne shot Season two of Handmaid’s Tale during the first few months of her own pregnancy—and the hardworking star then went on to take a lead role in upcoming Aussie thriller Angel of Mine while still pregnant. “I’m very grateful to be a part of a show like The Handmaid’s Tale with such a female-driven storyline,” she says. “That’s why this film was so nice to work on as it’s as equally female-saturated.

I have to take my hat off to the producers and [director] Kim [Farrant], who knew I was pregnant going into it and were still willing to take that chance,” says Yvonne.

And in her turn, she’s just as happy to support other women at work, requesting a female photographer for her ELLE cover shoot.

Season three of The Handmaid’s Tale saw her switching between devious villain on-screen and devoted mum in real life: “I run to set and tune into Serena—a miserable, bitter character—then I run back to the trailer to breastfeed as happy as can be staring down at my son,” she says.

Life as a working mum is a “bit of a travelling circus,” says Yvonne. And it’s a life “the most amazing husband on the planet” makes possible.
He’s the most amazing dad,” Yvonne gushes about her actor/producer husband Tim Loden. “We’ve had to become a strong team and I’m so grateful to have him and that I didn’t have to hire someone I didn’t know to look after my baby. And he feels grateful to have the time. It’s not that common to have your partner be able to stay at home. It’s been really special.

But parenthood isn’t all roses: the LA-based actor says, “I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t terrified just like every other parent is of [my child] growing up in a country where gun culture is rampant and we have mass shootings every day. Thinking about school, where children are being affected, it’s a very scary position for a parent to be in.
That’s not her only fear for the future: speaking to the theme of ELLE’s August issue, climate change, Yvonne says, “I think we’re at a critical point where if we don’t make some hard decisions and if the people in power don’t make a plan to move forward, we’re in danger. We can do so much better.

Her next challenge? A lead role in Stateless, the TV drama produced by and starring Cate Blanchett, which tackles Australian immigration detention centres. If anyone can carry that tricky topic off as flawlessly as she does the Bottega Veneta outfit on ELLE’s cover, it’s Yvonne.

Source: elle.com.au