Glorious moments are few and far between in Gilead, but Oprah Winfrey’s soothing voice coming over the airwaves to reassure Offred/June (Elisabeth Moss) that there is still hope on Wednesday’s episode of “The Handmaid’s Tale” was definitely one for the record books.
Winfrey made an unnamed and uncredited voice cameo on the latest installment of Bruce Miller’s Hulu series based on Margaret Atwood dystopian novel of the same name.
When Moss’ character discovered a potential getaway car early in the episode, titled “Holly,” she turned on the radio to tune into “Radio Free America,” a resistance radio station that was broadcasting from a location “in the Great White North.” And, of course, it was hosted by Winfrey.
Here’s the transcript of Winfrey’s entire voice cameo:
And now, this news. The American Government in Anchorage today received promises of economic aid from India and China. In the United Kingdom, additional sanctions on Gilead were announced, as well as plans to raise the cap on American refugees relocating from Canada. Now, a tune to remind everyone who’s listening, American patriot or Gilead traitor; we are still here. Stars and stripes forever, baby.
“We’d heard Oprah was a fan of the show, and had a story idea, and thought, wouldn’t it be wonderful if … So we asked and she said yes, and it was a lovely, easy process,” Miller said in a statement to TheWrap Wednesday. “The radio segment she recorded was inspired by the free radio of the Allies from World War II. It was an absolute honor to have Oprah featured on the show, and especially thrilling as she was the one who presented us with the Emmy last year.”
Praise be to Miller for making that happen.