Yvonne Strahovski – aka Serena Joy in The Handmaid’s Tale – has confirmed that she has married her long-time partner.
However, she did so while the world was distracted by the phenomenal success of Hulu’s feminist dystopian drama at the 2017 Emmy Awards, with the news very nearly slipping under the radar.
The actor – who was understandably over the moon to see The Handmaid’s Tale clean up at the ceremony, winning awards including Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Lead Actress – posed on the red carpet in front of the standard horde of shouty photographers and reporters.
“This is my best Emmys,” said Strahovski, adding that she was “buzzed” to be there as part of such an important and seminal TV show.
Keen to chat about her dark and twisted character, Strahovski added that she “spent a lot of time with Serena Joy” and that she was “trying to distance myself from her” now that they’d wrapped.
“She was so evil,” she said, reflecting on all of Serena’s sins. “I don’t know what we’re going to do with that [in season two].”
After a quick reflection on her past role on Chuck, the journalist from E! News seemed keen to turn his attention to the wedding band on Strahovski’s ring finger – and even summoned her partner, Tim Loden, onto the red carpet to discuss the matter of her marital status.
“Yes I got married,” said Strahovski, adding that she and Loden (who have been together for over six years) tied the knot in a secret Northern Californian ceremony over the summer.
“There was a heatwave, and we ended up jumping in the lake in our suit and gown, just to cool down,” she said, smiling at the recollection.
“It was ridiculously hot. But we had a great time.”
Loden, who is also an actor, said that the ceremony was "fantastic", despite the oppressive heat.
“But we all made it through,” he added, “and we all did some dancing at the end of the night.
“It was fantastic.”
The Handmaid’s Tale, based on author Margaret Atwood’s iconic novel, cleaned up at the awards show, earning five honours, including Best Directing for a Drama Series for Reed Morano – making her the third woman to win the category in its history.
Which means that it’s well worth watching if you haven’t done so already. To your televisions, all of you.
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