Oprah Winfrey Did a Hidden Voice Cameo for This Week’s Episode of The Handmaid’s Tale

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If you are a fan of the Hulu series The Handmaid’s Tale, this week’s episode brings with it a pleasant surprise in the form of a hidden voice cameo from none other than Oprah Winfrey—who is a big fan of the show herself.

In what Vulture reports was an uncredited role, Winfrey lent her voice as a host on a resistance radio station dubbed “Radio Free America.”


The Handmaid’s Tale’s creator and showrunner Bruce Miller told Vulture that they got the idea of asking Winfrey to do the voice cameo after learning that Oprah liked the show.

“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. “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.”

Actress Elisabeth Moss (right) accepts an outstanding drama series Emmy for The Handmaid’s Tale from Oprah Winfrey during the 69th annual Primetime Emmy Awards Sept. 17, 2017, in Los Angeles.
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Deadline described Winfrey’s performance in the episode as presidential, likening the speech she delivers to the one she gave at this year’s Golden Globes.


The Handmaid’s Tale is a Hulu original series. New episodes go online every Wednesday. The show’s current season—its second—ends July 10. It has already been renewed for a third season.

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