Behold: What the cast members of The Handmaid’s Tale look like in real life.

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The Handmaid’s Tale is a gory dystopian drama that we cannot get enough of… even if we have to watch it with our hands covering our faces.

But beyond the world of Gilead, which you can stream for free on SBS Demand, are regular actors and actresses, AKA normal people in normal clothing, living (relatively) normal lives.

The transformations the cast have taken to get into character somehow make their on-screen performances even more captivating, so we’ve compiled a list to show you what your favourite story-tellers look like without the creepy makeup and costumes.

Praise be! Season two of The Handmaid’s Tale is here and The Binge team debrief on everything they know about the going-ons in Gilead. Post continues after audio.

Elisabeth Moss – June/Offred

Moss’ Golden Globe winning portrayal of Offred constantly has us on the edge of our seats, and to be honest we’re just happy to see her smiling in real life.

Elisabeth Moss as June Osborne The Handmaid's Tale cast look like in real life
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Madeline Brewer - Janine/Ofwarren/Ofdaniel

The biggest transformation by far, Brewer has very little resemblance to her on-screen counterpart, proving just how good the costume and makeup department behind The Handmaid's Tale is.

Madeline Brewer as Janine / Ofwarren / Ofdaniel The Handmaid's Tale cast look like in real life
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Alexis Bledel - Emily/Ofglen

Bledel's captivating blue eyes are easily recognisable even behind her 'white wings' - the hat the Handmaids are required to wear.

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Alexis Bledel as Emily / Ofglen The Handmaid's Tale cast look like in real life
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Ann Dowd - Aunt Lydia

American actress Ann Dowd has acted in her fair share of intense films from Philadephia (1993) to The Manchurian Candidate (2004). She even had a small role in the 2008 hit Marley & Me.

Ann Dowd as Aunt Lydia The Handmaid's Tale cast look like in real life
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Amanda Brugel - Rita

Actress Brugel on the red carpet is nearly unrecognisable compared to Rita who plays a Martha serving in the house of Commander Fred.

Amanda Brugel as Rita The Handmaid's Tale cast look like in real life
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Joseph Fiennes - Commander Fred Waterford

While Fiennes' transformation is more in his acting - take away the intense comb over, and any signs of joy, and it's almost like we're seeing double.

Joseph Fiennes as Commander Fred Waterford The Handmaid's Tale cast look like in real life
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Yvonne Strahovski - Serena Joy Waterford

Australian actress Yvonne Strahovski has Serena's cold, steely-eyed look absolutely perfected.

The Handmaid's Tale cast look like in real life
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O. T. Fagbenle - Lucas "Luke" Bankole

The scene in which Moira reunites with Luke was one of the series' happier points, even though we're unsure if he'll ever be reunited with his daughter Hannah or wife June.

O. T. Fagbenle as Lucas "Luke" Bankole The Handmaid's Tale cast look like in real life
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Max Minghella - Nick Blaine

Commander Fred's guardian/driver Nick is one of June's only allies who shelters her while pregnant with the Waterford's child.

Max Minghella as Nick Blaine The Handmaid's Tale cast look like in real life
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Samira Wiley - Moira/Ruby

She's also one of our favourite inmates from Orange is the New Black, but Wiley's character Moira is a lot more rebellious than her Litchfield counterpart. Fun fact, it's understood that Margaret Atwood - who wrote the book that the series and 1990s film was based on - chose the name Moira as it's Hebrew for rebellion.

How apt?

Samira Wiley as Moira / Ruby The Handmaid's Tale cast look like in real life
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