‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ star Yvonne Strahovski says she “loathes” her character Serena

Strahovski did say, however, that she relished the chance "to deep dive into [Serena's] emotional psyche and vulnerability" in season two

The Handmaid’s Tale actress Yvonne Strahovski has admitted that she sides with the majority of the show’s audience when it comes to her character Serena, saying that she, like the viewers, “loathes [Serena] and wants her to be a better person”.

Strahovski is one of the stars of the acclaimed TV show, which recently concluded its second season. Set in a dystopian future, the series is adapted from Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel of the same name.

Strahovski’s role in The Handmaid’s Tale as one of the chief antagonists Serena Waterford has won her plenty of plaudits since the show debuted in 2017, with the actress recently being nominated for an Emmy in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series category for her performance in the episode ‘Women’s Work’.

Speaking to The Hollywood ReporterStrahovski said that she enjoyed the chance to delve further into Serena’s character in the show’s second season.

“It’s allowed me to deep-dive into her emotional psyche and vulnerability and to break down the iciness that we had seen in season one,” she said.

Asked about how it feels as an actor to play a character who struggles to justify the appalling things that happen to people in the series’ dystopia, Strahovski remarked: “Ultimately I’m on Team Audience, who loathes [Serena] and wants her to be a better person.”

Last month, The Handmaid’s Tale actor Joseph Fiennes – who plays Strahovski’s on-screen husband Fred Waterford – shed light on the one scene he refused to perform in the second season of the show.