Lockdown had me watching shows I had never really gotten into before. Why I was never into Chuck is anyone’s guess. I must have been burned out from that type of genre back in 2007 when it first came on TV. But I got into it this time around and it’s all because of Yvonne Strahovski, my new Hollywood crush.
Yes, I’m aware she’s happily married. Yes, I know they have a child. Sure, I’m quite aware that I would stand absolutely no chance even if those things weren’t going on in her life. So now that you’re done making sure I’m in touch with reality, can I get on with it?
Yvonne Strahovski caught my attention from the first scene she was in and I kept watching because of her. Nothing against Zachary Levi and Adam Baldwin, both great actors who made the show work. But I don’t pick shows based on the guys who are in them. My heart picks them and I don’t question its methods.
By the way, doesn’t Zachary Levi look a lot like John Krasinski?
Anyway, the chemistry between Sarah and Chuck was there, the roles they played in Chuck respectively. But Sarah was Chuck’s handler and they couldn’t have a relationship as long as she was a spy and he was a CIA asset. Of course, they broke the rules, and then they put the rules back into play several times. It was enough to make my head spin.
But then, it was around Season 3 that I finally realized something. It warped my brain. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. I think I literally yelled while watching, “You’ve got to be kidding me!”
And then I asked myself, “Could it be? Is it possible?”
Well, there was only one way to find out and when I looked it up on IMDB, I realized I was right. I’m not sure why I hadn’t seen it earlier, but Sarah Walker in Chuck is Serena Waterford in The Handmaid’s Tale. How is that possible? She is so beautiful and sweet with a badass spy side to her in Chuck, and then she’s plain and mean in The Handmaid’s Tale.
I know most of that is acting, but the main point I’m trying to make is how they make her look. She’s gorgeous in Chuck. How do they hide that much beauty in The Handmaid’s Tale?
Actually, I remember thinking to myself as I was watching The Handmaid’s Tale that Serena was beautiful. She shows moments of humanity as she works with Offred to smuggle their baby out of Gilead. Then when she starts talking about defecting and turning against her husband, she changes and her beauty starts to shine through. But also in the flashbacks before the days of Gilead when Serena was an author and a cultural activist, we get to see who she used to be, a very gorgeous professional with lofty goals.
But, I was still watching Chuck and I was only halfway through Season 3. Besides, there was no way I was going to go back and watch The Handmaid’s Tale again. I’m looking forward to the new episodes, but I can’t put myself through ones I’ve already watched again. So, I looked through everything she’s done and I found Dexter.
As I watched the Season 5 finale of Chuck, I had my eyes already set on Dexter. I watched Season 1 Episode 1 and then, I sat there stupefied. Where was she? Did I miss her? How did I miss her? So, I looked again on IMDB. This time, I looked even closer. It turns out, she doesn’t show up until Season 7. So, I skipped ahead.
There she was, Hannah McKay. a killer who had an instant connection to Dexter before she even knew what he was about. They found themselves able to talk about their ability to kill other people and how. They talked so openly to each other, it was as if there was total trust between them even if they were telling each other secrets that could get them in very deep trouble.
But, she had a very small part in that first episode. Her part would become more and more significant with each episode she was in after that. So, I kept watching and found myself enjoying yet another show I hadn’t given a chance the first time around.
Yes, that’s right. I was binge-watching, but not a show. That’s what normal people do. I was binge-watching a gorgeous actress who had stolen my heart and didn’t even know it. I was on one hell of a ride and loving every minute of it because I found myself admiring more than just how beautiful she is. I found myself admiring how dynamic of an actress she is as well.
When the last episode of Dexter played, I had Stateless ready to go. In it, she plays a flight attendant who quits her job to join a cult. Then she escapes the cult, but she has no intention of going home and returning to her family. Instead, she finds herself in an immigration detention center awaiting her hearing.
But there’s more to the story. What happened to make her leave the cult? Why didn’t she want to return to her family? You get glimpses of her life with her family and it makes your blood boil. You think they are just as controlling as the cult and Yvonne’s character, Sofie Werner, has no choice if she ever wants to have a life of her own.
And then, the story dives even deeper. It turns out that the co-founder of Kenja Communications, Ken Dyers sexually abused her. And if you’re anything like me, you start to research things where you find out that Kenja Communications is real and Ken Dyers was a real person who committed suicide after being accused of sexual abuse by several of the members. That’s when you realize that Sofie is based on a real person and that, Cornelia Rau was suffering from mental health issues. She refused to give the authorities her real identity and was unlawfully detained in the detention center, which brought worldwide attention to the facility and the deeply flawed immigration system.
As I watched, I found myself mesmerized by her ability to act. Her accents flow from Australian to German as she tries to hide her true identity. She makes you believe her character. She makes you forget that she is Yvonne underneath, the mark of a great actress.
While researching all of her work, I came across red carpet footage where she was being nominated for an award for her work in The Handmaid’s Tale. That’s when I realized she was Australian with an Australian accent. That warped my brain even more.
In Chuck, her American English was spot on. The same with Dexter. I thought she was doing the Australian accent and she nailed the British and German accents as well. But, no! That’s not it at all. It was the American accent that she was putting on. She is absolutely amazing!
She has 37 credits to her name as an actress. All masterpieces I’m sure I’ll enjoy when I eventually get to them. But for now, I am back to watching Chuck again. What started out as research of this amazing actress’s work turned into an addiction. I am going to have to detox one day, but I’m not ready yet. And you know what they say about addicts. I’ll never be able to get any better until I want it for myself.