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Joseph Fiennes Says ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Made Him An Even Bigger Feminist


Joseph Fiennes Says ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Made Him An Even Bigger Feminist

It’s exhausting to paintings on a TV display like “The Handmaid’s Tale” and now not be “jolted” right into a “state of consciousness,” in step with Joseph Fiennes. 

Fiennes performs Commander Fred Waterford, the chief of the oppressive dystopian republic known as Gilead in Hulu’s hit sequence “The Handmaid’s Tale,” in response to the guide of the similar identify by way of Margaret Atwood. The guide has been heralded as a feminist vintage and (after some preliminary backward and forward) the display appears to be following swimsuit. So it comes as no marvel that Fiennes says he’s grow to be a fair larger feminist after enjoying the Commander on a suite filled with iconic girls like Elisabeth Moss (the display’s protagonist Offred) and Yvonne Strahovski (Serena Joy, the Commander’s brilliantly sadistic spouse).

In a June 15 interview with Marie Claire, Fiennes stated the sequence has truly awoken him to ladies’s problems ― particularly because the “most important people” in his existence are his spouse and two daughters. 

“Certainly the show has jolted me into a much more alert state of the inequality amongst the sexes,” he stated. “By virtue of that, I feel much more switched on to feminism, and what it means and stands for. I want my daughters to live in a world where there is equality and parity of pay. We’ve got a long way to go. I read a statistic that if you’re a Hispanic woman it’ll be over 200 years until you achieve parity of pay. So yes, the show has jolted me into a state of consciousness.” 

The display has jolted me right into a a lot more alert state of the inequality among the sexes. By distinctive feature of that, I think a lot more switched directly to feminism, and what it manner and stands for.
Joseph Fiennes

Fiennes additionally spoke concerning the eery manner the dystopian long term depicted in “The Handmaid’s Tale” has begun to really feel nearer to actual existence during the last yr. From the U.S. pulling out of the Paris local weather deal to the consistent battle over girls’s our bodies and reproductive autonomy, Fiennes pointed to the parallels between fictional Gilead and the United States in 2017.

“When you wake up and you see that America has pulled out of the climate deal in Paris, that sends huge messages about putting coal before the planet. Gilead has suffered from a fragile ecology that is now toxic and affecting fertility rates,” Fiennes instructed Marie Claire. “There is truth to it ― there is connection, themes, and parallels, sadly. It’s getting sharper and sharper, especially for women ― the autonomy of their bodies, and pro-choice vs. pro-life. Look at the administration, the imbalance of the female presence ― there’s a lot to draw on.”

One silver lining? The protests and resistance the U.S. has noticed since President Donald Trump took place of job. 

“It was wonderful seeing the woman’s marches, and seeing numbers bigger than the president’s inauguration,” Fiennes stated. “It gives one great heart that there are people present, alert, and awake, and voicing their frustrations. We need more of that.”

Head over to Marie Claire to learn the remainder of Fiennes’ interview. 

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