Yvonne Strahovski Biography
Yvonne Strahovski (Yvonne Jaqueline Strzechowski) is an Australian actress born on 30th July 1982 in Werrington Downs, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. She is popularly known for her role CIA Agent Sarah Walker in the NBC series ‘Chuck’.
Yvonne Strahovski parents Piotr Strzechowski and Bożena emigrated from Tomaszów Mazowiecki, Poland. Her father is an electronic engineer, and her mother is a lab technician. She attended Santa Sabina College, Strathfield and graduated from University of Western Sydney’s Theatre Nepean in 2003.
Yvonne Strahovski Age
Yvonne Strahovski was born on 30th July 1982 in Werrington Downs, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
Yvonne Strahovski Career
Yvonne Strahovski began her career in acting while still at school, she played Viola in the school production of Twelfth Night. She appeared in film and television roles in Australia, including a turn on satirical show Double the Fist and as Freya Lewis in the Australian drama series headLand. She has also appeared in Channel Nine’s Sea Patrol.
Yvonne Strahovski sent in her audition tape for the TV series Chuck while in the United States auditioning for roles in other shows, namely NBC’s 2007 series Bionic Woman. She was contacted by the producers of Chuck the next day to come in and run lines with Zachary Levi. The producers called her back a week later letting her know she had been cast as Sarah Walker.
Six months later, she moved to the United States. Yvonne Strahovski adopted the more phonetic spelling of Strahovski as her stage name in place of Strzechowski at this time, at producer Josh Schwartz’s behest for the sake of easier pronunciation.
Yvonne Strahovski appears in Mass Effect Galaxy, Mass Effect 2, and Mass Effect 3 as the voice of Miranda Lawson. Strahovski had her face scanned and animated so she could portray Lawson in Mass Effect 2.
Yvonne Strahovski voices Aya Brea in the English version of the Parasite Eve spinoff, The 3rd Birthday, which was released on March 2011 for the PlayStation Portable. She also appeared in a CollegeHumor sketch in April 2011, parodying the music styles of Katy Perry, Ke$ha, Lady Gaga, and Justin Bieber
In 2010, Yvonne Strahovski received the Teen Choice Award for Choice Action TV Actress for Chuck, as well as a nomination for Spike Video Game Awards for Best Performance by a Human Female for Mass Effect 2. In 2011, Strahovski was nominated again for the Teen Choice Awards for Choice Action TV Actress. In 2011, Cosmopolitan Magazine (Australia) awarded Strahovski the Fun Fearless Female of the Year along with Favorite TV Actress.
In June 2012, Showtime announced Yvonne Strahovski had joined the cast for the seventh season of Dexter in which she plays the role of Hannah McKay, a woman involved with an investigation following the death of her former lover, a spree killer whom she accompanied when she was a teenager. She reprised her role as Hannah McKay in the eighth season of Dexter.
In December 2012, she made her Broadway debut in a revival of Clifford Odets’ Golden Boy, for which she won a Theatre World Award. Strahovski was honored along with Liam Hemsworth for their work in international roles with the 2012 Australians in Film Breakthrough Award.
In 2014, Yvonne Strahovski joined Fox’s TV series 24: Live Another Day cast as Kate Morgan, CIA agent. Later that year, she was cast as Rene Carpenter on the ABC limited series The Astronaut Wives Club. In 2016, she starred, along with Adrien Brody, as Caroline Crowley in the film noir Manhattan Night.
Yvonne Strahovski Movies and Tv Shows
- 2007: Gone as Sondra
- 2008: The Plex as Sarah
- 2009: Persons of Interest as Lara
- 2009: The Canyon as Lori
- 2010: I Love You Too as Alice
- 2010: Matching Jack as Veronica
- 2010: Lego: The Adventures of Clutch Powers as Peg Mooring
- 2011: Killer Elite as Anne Frazier
- 2012: The Outback as Miranda (Voice)
- 2012: The Guilt Trip as Jessica
- 2014: I, Frankenstein as Terra Wade
- 2015: Edge as Beth
- 2016: Batman: Bad Blood as Kate Kane/Batwoman (Voice)
- 2016: Manhattan Night as Caroline Crowley
- 2016: All I See Is You as Karen
- 2017: He’s Out There as Laura
- 2018: The Predator as Emma McKenna
- 2019: Angel of Mine as Claire
- 2004: Double the Fist as Suzie
- 2005–2006: HeadLand as Freya Lewis
- 2007: Sea Patrol as Martina Royce
- 2007–2012: Chuck as CIA Agent Sarah Walker
- 2012–2013: Dexter as Hannah McKay
- 2014: Louie as Blake
- 2014: 24: Live Another Day as CIA Agent Kate Morgan
- 2015: The Astronaut Wives Club as Rene Carpenter
- 2015: Edge as Beth
- 2017 – present: The Handmaid’s Tale as Serena Joy Waterford
Yvonne Strahovski Husband
In 2017 Yvonne Strahovski married her six year partner Tim Loden. She broke the nws of her marriage on the red carpet before 2017 Emmy Awards. She revealed that they married over the during a heat wave “We ended up jumping in the lake in our suit and gown, it was ridiculously hot, but we had a great time.We all made it through and did some dancing. It was fantastic.”
In May 2018 Yvvonne through instagram announced that she is expecting her first child with husband Tim Loden.
“I am very excited to finally be able to share my special news – I’m going to be a Mama!So very exciting to watch & feel this little Peanut growing every day!”
Yvonne Strahovski Interview
Yvonne was interviewed about her character,Serena Joy, the villain in ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’.
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Interviewer: How does it feel to be part of this show?
Yvonne Strahovski: It feels amazing because it’s something that is obviously incredibly relevant considering the political climate that we’re in right now, and accidentally so. We were shooting this show before and after the election and there have been issues that have arisen out of the election that the show directly parallels. The most fascinating thing to me will be to see how people receive it once it’s out in the open.
Interviewer: the mood on set change after the election?
Yvonne Strahovski: It was certainly a topic of conversation, but we were still plowing through with what we were doing. It definitely felt personally more precious to me and gave what we were doing on the show more of an edge. It also complicated it a bit more emotionally because I’m playing Serena Joy, which is one of the villains in this story, and here I am trying to humanize her and figure out what really makes her heart happy, while at the same time living through some pretty insane stuff that was going on in the real world.
Interviewer: How challenging was it to strike that balance with Serena where she’s both the villain but has human qualities?
Yvonne Strahovski: Being honest with you, it was really hard. It was very hard to relate to her; I don’t really relate to her. There’s not a lot to like about her. She’s very unfriendly, she’s unapproachable, she’s very harsh, she’s brutal, at times, and you’ll see her be more brutal as the show goes on, and it’s not something that came easily. It’s something I really had to think about and wrap my head around and think What is the driving force behind all this? What makes this woman so mean? And when it came down to it, I saw a woman who was the designer of her own cage. She was one of the architects of Gilead, where they all live now, which is the former America, and she was one of the people who turned it into this fundamentalist, totalitarian society, and now she has to live in this society that she created and she’s oppressed by it herself.
Interviewer: How did you delve into understanding Serena’s complicated pain?
Yvonne Strahovski: I thought about, how do you deal with having a big portion of your identity stripped away from you? You’re no longer able to read, write, read the news, create work; you’re not allowed to work, the only thing you’re allowed to do as a woman is follow your biological destiny and have a child. And if you can’t have a child, then you have a handmaid have a child for you and then you look after that child and that’s it. You look after the house and you’re no longer allowed to have sex for pleasure, it’s only allowed for procreation, so the right to be intimate with your partner has been taken away from you as well, as has the ability to relate to your partner on an intellectual level—anything to do with words and books and newspapers, that’s all gone. So I saw this woman who was an empty carcass, a shell, with not a lot around her to fill those empty holes and that turned her into a monster, but also a monster that had to try and survive in this cage, in this world.
Interviewer: Had you already read the book prior to starting the project?
Yvonne Strahovski: I had not read the book before I read the pilot, so I read the pilot first and I knew that I was not the go-to person for the role of Serena Joy because it was written originally as older. The script was obviously incredible, it was dripping in subtext, and it’s every actor’s dream to have that amount of tension in a pilot and so well-written, and there was something very dark and sad that drew me to Serena. Then once the ball got rolling, I read the book, which was an inspiring source for me to work from in terms of trying to portray Serena and create her and the relationships she has on-screen with the rest of the cast.
Interviewer: What draws you to complex characters like Serena and Hannah McKay on Dexter?
Yvonne Strahovski: There’s something about trying to figure out why someone is doing something that on the outside is horrible—what drives them to do that? What could drive any human being to that kind of behaviour? I find that fascinating because it’s not something that I can relate to, but to try and get down to the nitty gritty of it and understand where that darkness might be coming from is fascinating to me. I think humans are fascinating in general. We’re so weird. We do so many quirky things and we don’t even know it. There’s just so many layers upon layers of nuances in everything we do, and the most fun part as an actor is trying to get into all those nuances, whether they’re conscious or unconscious.
Interviewer: You were at the Women’s March here in Toronto [The Handmaid’s Tale was filmed in Toronto]. How important was it for you to take part in the march?
Yvonne Strahovski: I was in Toronto when the big Women’s March was going on and I thought, Well, I’ve never been to a protest and I can’t sit this one out and they’re having a gathering here in Toronto so I may as well go and gosh, I didn’t expect 60,000 or 65,000 people to be there—it was huge! It was something that I didn’t feel I could sit out at all. It’s interesting being part of the show, and all the themes that are coming up, and then you’ve got stuff in the news about white men in a room trying to decide what rights a woman has to her body and her child… I think that’s something we all should stand up for and fight for and that’s certainly something that I wanted to do. I loved seeing all the signs on the day. It was so amazing and sad to see some signs of some of the older women who had written “I can’t believe I’m still marching and fighting for this shit.” It’s pretty amazing the parallels that we can draw from the show to what’s going on right now in real life.
Interviewer: In light of the political climate, what do you hope people get out of the show?
Yvonne Strahovski: There are going to be lovers of the show, and there are going to be haters. There’s going to be some really strong opinions that come out about this show, just like there have been super strong opinions about the election—it’s been incredibly divisive. But the fact of the matter is the show is a display of what can happen when a fundamentalist regime takes over and turns society into a totalitarian-run government, and what that can do when that is imposed on humanity. The show is a display of the effects a totalitarian-run government has on humanity and the struggle to survive and everything that raises, like the denial of rights, the denial of life itself, the denial of your relationship to people, the denial of your own identity. It’s scary, and what I love about the series—and what’s done so effectively—is it shows that it’s not a long, drawn-out road to get to some place like Gilead. It is alarming and it is a warning sign—I’ve read some things about people interpreting it as a warning sign and I tend to agree with that. If there was ever a time for a show like this, it is now. The time is now, now, now, to raise the conversations and to not let things get worse than they are.
Interviewer: How did you unwind or shake it all off after shooting such intense scenes?
Yvonne Strahovski: It’s hard. This wasn’t easy to shake off or let go or leave at the studio. It was something that would weigh heavy on my mind when I went home, just because I felt like I was always trying to figure out why would this person do this and why would she be so mean, why would she be so brutal, I was always asking myself those questions and trying to make sense of her so it never really left me. Living through my first Canadian winter didn’t help me, but probably helped me as Serena! Exploring Canada was my relief, just spending time in naturem and while it was still bearably cold outside, I would go out a lot and spend a lot of time at the lakeside, on the beaches and in the parks. On my days off, I skipped off to different areas like Algonquin Park and I went to Nova Scotia and did the Cabot Trail and just really embraced Canada and what it has to offer. It was my therapy.