While season two of The Handmaid's Tale will feature Offred leading the resistance against the repressive horror of Gilead, it will also include a disturbing and conflicting reality of the regime – child brides.
Everything Sucks! star Sydney Sweeney joins the cast as Eden – a pious 15-year-old child of Gilead, who doesn't know any different from the theocratic dictatorship she's been brought up with.
Sweeney describes her obedience and "blind faith" as "dangerous" – not just to herself, but potentially to Elisabeth Moss's Offred and Amanda Brugel's Rita.
"Eden is a child of Gilead and has grown up with this new, closeted world, and all she knows is to be a commander's wife, and have a child for Gilead and God," the Sharp Objects star told Harper's Bazaar UK.
"Her blind faith is very dangerous. Eden has never seen another world, so she doesn't know what's wrong or right in the eyes of Offred or Rita.
"For Eden the world is right, and that's all she's seen. I'm so excited for everyone to see the perception of Eden."
Moss leads the cast and also serves as executive producer on the show, with Sweeney revealing: "It's amazing how involved Elisabeth is in the show because she gives different perspectives.
"Just watching her work is inspiring and motivating. I'm so captivated by her in our scenes."
The 20-year-old actress couldn't disclose whether or not Eden would be back in season three after the show was recently renewed, but added that she was "so happy the show was getting another season".
And defending Moss's recent comments that people shouldn't look away because they're scared by the show – since it's depicting what's happening in real life – Sweeney added: "It is disturbing, but it's also something people need to watch, and it's how our world is turning at the moment, which is even crazier when you think that it was written over 30 years ago.
[Sydney Sweeney in Everything Sucks!]
"I think when you watch it, it is eye-opening and you learn history – if you're aware what could happen, we could delay the outcome."
Sweeney will also star as Alice opposite Amy Adams in HBO's anticipated adaptation of Gillian Flynn's Sharp Objects, directed by Big Little Lies' award-winning director Jean-Marc Vallée.
"Because of Jean-Marc Vallée, it will have that Big Little Lies feeling, but it's much darker and way more twisted," the star teased
The Handmaid's Tale season two will return to Channel 4 on Sunday, May 20.
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