Two Eighties Goddesses Will Grace Two of Your Favorite Series, Netflix’s Luke Cage and Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale

Could it be that things finally are truly changing? Because we’re about to have two beloved actresses over the age of 40 starring in huge series, on a couple of the biggest streaming outlets today — Neflix and Hulu.

It feels like seeing women in their prime on prime time shows is getting to be a regular thing.

First up — and first a few Season 2 photos from — The Handmaid’s Tale, where though it seems impossible, things look even worse than they were in Season 1. Minor show and book ***Spoilers*** ahead …

Both Alexis Bledel’s Ofglen and Madeline Brewer’s Janine have landed in the Colonies, the place where banished people are sentenced to clean up radioactive waste — basically until they die from exposure to it.

Joining the fray this round is Academy Award winner, Marisa Tomei, who actually asked writer/showrunner, Bruce Miller about appearing on the series.

She was interested in the show and wanted to be on the show. There was a character we were thinking about very early on, and we thought she would be wonderful for her. We spoke about her independently. Those things just came together in a great way. Marisa and I had a couple of conversations beforehand. It’s hard to do what she’s doing: dropping out of the sky on the second season of a show that’s so specific in terms of its world. You feel like the new kid on the block. Some of the talks we had were very practical: ‘It’s going to be freezing. You’re in the colonies, which are no fun. We don’t do hair and makeup, really.’ But we also talked a lot about the character she’s playing, who is the wife of a commander, and how she’s integrated her relationship with God and her faith into her life, and the mistakes she’s made, and whether God is forgiving her for those mistakes.” 

Next up in Season 2 news is Sopranos favorite, Emmy-nominated, Annabella Sciorra, who joins Luke Cage as Marvel mobster, Rosalie Carbone. Harlem’s new big bad (Mahershala Ali’s Cottonmouth is still missed) will bump heads with Alfre Woodard’s Mariah Dillard, and that’s a showdown I can’t wait to see — never mind that in the comics, Carbone and Frank Castle aka Punisher have an affair … here’s hoping we get some of that action down the line.

The Handmaid’s Tale is back on Hulu April 25th, and Marvel’s Luke Cage returns to Netflix June 22nd.

Cindy Davis

Cindy Davis has been writing about the entertainment industry for ​over ten years, and is the ​Editor-in-Chief at Oohlo, where she muses over television, movies, and pop culture. Previous Senior News Editor at Pajiba, and published at BUST.

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