Clea DuVall Joins “The Handmaid’s Tale” As Alexis Bledel’s Wife

The out actress will play Ofglen.'s wife, Sylvia.

The second season of Hulu’s Emmy-winning drama The Handmaid’s Tale is filming and TV Line reports out actor Clea DuVall has joined the cast as Sylvia, the wife of Alexis Bledel’s character, Ofglen.

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As the first season did with Offred (Elisabeth Moss) and other main characters, the new batch of episodes will explore Ofglen’s history with a flashback to Emily (Ofglen’s real name) and Sylvia’s attempts “to get their young son to safety in Canada as the Gilead regime rapidly extends its control over America.”

DuVall’s most recently appeared on Veep and Better Call Saul, but she first stole the hearts of queer girls everywhere back in 1999’s But, I’m A Cheerleader.

The Handmaid’s Tale wasn’t exactly a pick-me-up in Season One, but Ofglen’s storyline was particularly upsetting: She managed to conceal her homosexuality until being caught with another woman, Martha, who’s then hanged before her eyes. Ofglen is then sent away to undergo a clitoridectomy.

Bledel’s performance won her an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series.

The 13-episode second season of The Handmaid’s Tale will premiere on Hulu some time in 2018.

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