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Yvonne Strahovski Talks to Cosmopolitan About Playing the Villain In ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’

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Yvonne Strahovski, Serena Joy, The Handmaids Tale
There’s a reason people are comparing Hulu’s adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel The Handmaid’s Tale to our current political climate: It’s about a world where women’s rights are stripped away in a totalitarian return to “traditional values.” It also features protests, terrorism, and a character who’s already drawn comparisons to Ivanka Trump and the 53 percent of white women who voted for her father: the Commander’s wife, Serena Joy.

In the book, Serena Joy is an older woman who walks with a cane and shows no remorse for her role in the rise of Gilead (she was a gospel star who preached about the sanctity of the home). On the show, she’s closer in age to her handmaiden, Offred (played by Elisabeth Moss), and seems at least a little bit contrite, however unforgivable. (She was once an author who wrote about “domestic feminism.” That backfired.) Here, Yvonne Strahovski talks about adapting her character for TV and why Serena Joy is a cautionary tale.

Cosmopolitan: How does Serena Joy being closer in age to Offred change their dynamic?
Yvonne Strahovski: It offers so much to play with, in terms of the power play, because you have these two women, and one is at the top of the food chain in terms of women in this society, and the other one is at the bottom. Maybe they could have been friends outside the world of Gilead, but they’re not allowed to be now, and they’re pitted against each other. Exploring that, it was so fascinating; I had so many surprise moments with Lizzy when we were shooting scenes, things came up that we didn’t think were going to be there.

Cosmopolitan: What were some of those moments?
YS: There was a scene in episode two, it’s after the scene where Janine [another handmaiden] has given birth, and we had this weird moment in the foyer. We didn’t think it was going to be there, because in reading the scene, it’s not really there in the text, but it was a weird moment of sisterhood in the energy between them. Do you know the scene that I’m talking about? Continue reading

Scarlett Johansson Covers Cosmopolitan

Scarlett Johansson, CosmopolitanScarlett Johansson covers the May 2016 issue of Cosmopolitan where she is promoting her new film, Captain America: Civil War.
Scarlett Johansson, Cosmopolitan
On funding for Planned Parenthood: “There are countries at war, there’s terrorism, global warming, and we’re like, ‘We should definitely cut the budget for Planned Parenthood. Let’s take away the availability of women’s health initiatives!’ It’s nuts. We’re talking about preventing cervical and breast cancers. Growing up, I used (Planned Parenthood’s) services. All my girlfriends did — not just for birth control but for Pap smears and breast exams. You read about the rise of back-alley abortions, women having to mutilate themselves and teenagers having to seek help in unsafe conditions, and for what?! We’re moving backward when we’re supposed to be moving forward.”
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Jessica Alba Covers Cosmopolitan

Jessica Alba, CosmopolitanJessica Alba covers the March 2016 issue of Cosmopolitan.
Jessica Alba, Cosmopolitan
On embracing her feminine side: “Most of my life, I identified more with my masculine side. I was kind of aggressive and super masculine in my early 20s — even into my mid- 20s. I got boobs when I was young…and I was like, ‘What do I do?’ I was never the girl who they marketed. I was always feeling angry, like an impostor. I learned how to be cool with the feminine later in life.”
Jessica Alba, Cosmopolitan
On running The Honest Company: “I’m in a man’s world in business. But I know what women want — [men] don’t. Whenever [male colleagues] question me in meetings, I’m like, ‘Go home and ask your wife. This is a pointless conversation. Go home and talk to her.’ When we were talking about package designs, I was like, ‘Are you really giving me notes on packaging for feminine care? I literally can’t with you.'”
Jessica Alba, Cosmopolitan
On equality: “There are not as many women in government titles, business titles. It’s just not equal. And until there is equality, you’re going to feel that no matter what industry you’re in. But from day one, I was like, girls should have an equal seat at the table. Take Jennifer Lawrence. I mean, she’s opening movies — she’s the box office draw as much as any guy in the movie, if not more. She should be compensated for that.”
Jessica Alba, Cosmopolitan
On being feminine: “I was kind of aggressive and super masculine in my early 20s — even into my mid-20s. I got boobs when I was young … and I was like, ‘What do I do? I was never the girl who they marketed. I was always feeling angry, like an imposter. I learned how to be cool with the feminine later in life. I always wanted to be a big action star, to be as relevant as men. I was very aggressive with the vision and manifesting it.”
Jessica Alba, Cosmopolitan
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