‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Star Samira Wiley Explains Why Moira Just Became ‘Ruby’ Again (Video)

Hulu star tells TheWrap about her character’s sexual encounter with a stranger — and why she wanted to keep them strangers

One of the themes of Season 2 of “The Handmaid’s Tale” is “Gilead is within you” and you can’t ever escape it. That seems to be the case for Samira Wiley’s Moira in Episode 3, who decides to go by Ruby again — the name she took on while being forced to work at a brothel in the dystopian society that was once the United States.

“I think that that, specifically that episode, is highlighting the other part of freedom that I was talking about, in terms of the loneliness and in that episode she definitely wants to connect with someone else,” Wiley told TheWrap in a recent interview. “But then she realizes that this connection is with a stranger and she doesn’t know if she feels comfortable enough to go there with her and be open with who she is, so that’s why she reverts to being Ruby.”

In Wednesday’s installment, titled “Baggage,” Wiley’s character is seen living in Canada with her best friend June’s (Elisabeth Moss) husband Luke (O-T Fagbenle). While the two are safe and trying to lead a normal life after escaping to the Great White North, it’s easier said than done. And when Moira goes out to a club one night and has a sexual encounter with a woman, when her potential new love interest asks for her name to stay in touch she respond with the moniker she used while forced to entertain the elite men of Gilead at Jezebels.

Watch Wiley’s interview above and check back at TheWrap next Wednesday at 10:10 am PT for a new interview with Fagbenle about Episode 4, “The Other Woman.”

New episodes of “The Handmaid’s Tale” stream Wednesdays on Hulu.