A bleak world where women are sex slaves

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT -

AUS­TRALIAN view­ers are about to be drawn into a dark world where women are treated as pos­ses­sions and those who are fer­tile are forced into sex­ual servi­tude.

When The Hand­maid’s Tale be­came avail­able to watch in the US, view­ers took to so­cial me­dia to grap­ple with what they’d seen.

Aussie actress Yvonne Stra­hovski, who plays Ser­ena Joy – the in­fer­tile wife of a pow­er­ful com­man­der who is as­signed hand­maid Of­fred (Elis­a­beth Moss) to pro­vide them with a child – ad­mit­ted the role got un­der her skin.

“I did find it dif­fi­cult ac­tu­ally to leave Ser­ena Joy, to leave her in the stu­dio when I walked away be­cause she is so com­plex and I find her to be quite lay­ered in her emo­tions and her du­al­ity, mainly be­cause she’s the ar­chi­tect of her own cage,” she said.

“She’s in this world that she was part of mak­ing but now she’s op­pressed by it as well and she’s lost a lot of power and her rights as a woman also...

“Try­ing to nut that out was quite the task.”

And what about the book’s in­fa­mous The Cer­e­mony scene, in which the com­man­der (Joseph Fi­ennes) es­sen­tially rapes Of­fred while Ser­ena holds her on the bed?

“I thought The Cer­e­mony would be a lot more chal­leng­ing than it was,” Stra­hovski said.

“I’ve seen the pi­lot a bunch of times now and that scene still jars me, no mat­ter how many time’s I’d watched it.

“It’s in­cred­i­bly awk­ward to watch, but I prom­ise you it wasn’t that awk­ward on the day.’’

Stra­hovski said she and her fel­low ac­tors on the show were able to lighten the mood on set and have a laugh, de­spite the dif­fi­culty of the scenes they were deal­ing with.

She also spent a lot of her down­time ex­plor­ing Toronto, Canada, where the se­ries was filmed, to take a break from think­ing about work.

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