“We’re always shifting genres depending on whose storyline we’re following,” actress tells TheWrap about playing five different characters
There is never a “dull day” for Tatiana Maslany, the actress who plays five different clones on BBC America’s “Orphan Black.”
“I’m always getting to shift characters,” Maslany told TheWrap. “We’re always shifting genres depending on whose storyline we’re following.”
The series follows con artist Sarah Manning (Maslany), who discovers that she has clones living all over North America and Europe.
In the process, she happens upon a whole scientific cloning movement, called Neolution, and finds herself avoiding capture from both the Neolution and its opposition, a secret religious group called the Proletheans.
Although “Orphan Black” has a distinct sci-fi tone to it, Maslany said she sees it as a blend of sci-fi, horror, thriller, comedy and character study.
“It’s weird in the best way possible,” she said.
And, she added, fans adore the show — and each other.
“There’s a real love in the community,” Maslany said. “They share art with each other, they meet up in cities to go to cons together. It’s just a very inclusive, supportive community.”
Although the star shows her range through several different characters on “Orphan Black,” Maslany said her favorite moment was when the main character has a “dark night of the soul” and reverts back to her old ways of drinking and partying.
“It’s sort of a nice duality that she has within her.”
Watch the video above.
I’ve added a few behind the scenes photos of Tatiana from this season of Orphan Black. Also, HUGE thanks to my good friend (and fellow Tatiana worshipper!) Angela for sharing with us new HQ replacements of Tatiana’s photo session for The Wrap.
First of all, WOW, what a season 4 finale! I still have my head spinning. Can I just say how crazy funny Krystal is! Sheesh. I can see her becoming a fan favorite clone quickly!
Anyhow, today I spent the day sorting through screencaps I’ve had of Tatiana from recent interviews as well as some new ones and an older one I came across that I hadn’t seen before. Since there are a lot of them (I added over 2,000 photos to the gallery!) I will list them below with a link to the gallery and then the video if you wish to watch it!
• Orphan Black: After The Black – 410: Screencaps || Watch Video
• Orphan Black: After The Black – 410: Stills
• Orphan Black: After The Black – Bloopers || Watch Video
• Orphan Black: A Talk Of The Clones: Kristian Interviews Tatiana || Watch Video
• Orphan Black: A Talk Of The Clones: Tatiana Interviews Kristian || Watch Video
• Orphan Black Feature: An Island Between Susan And Rachel Duncan || Watch Video
• Orphan Black Feature: Kendall Malones Redemption || Watch Video
• Orphan Black Feature: Holy Shiv || Watch Video
• 2016: June 16 – Vanity Fair Interview || Watch Video
• 2016: June 16 – Vanity Fair Emoji Segment || Watch Video
• 2016: June 15 – Popcorn With Peter Travers || Watch Video
• 2016: June 06 – AOL Build Interview || Watch Video – Video added. Photos have already been on the site
• 2016: June 06 – Gold Derby Interview || Watch Video
• 2016: May 18 – Cannes Film Festival Interview: Lou Lou Magazine || Watch Video
Sorry for the delay in adding these! I’m trying to play a bit of catch-up. I’ll be adding Tatiana’s recent interviews later today so check back!
For this season finale episode of A Talk of the Clones, Kristian Bruun insisted on interviewing one of Orphan Black’s hardworking PAs. We overruled him and brought in Tatiana Maslany instead. You may know Maslany from her cameo roles this season as Sarah, Cosima, Alison, Rachel, Helena, Krystal, Beth, and MK. Or as the person who gets coffee for everyone on set. Bruun asks the actor/production assistant about her career highlights and which foreign accent gives her nightmares. Bonus: you’re about to learn more than you ever wanted to know about what the effects department has to do when the wardrobe department fails.
CLICK HERE TO WATCH KRISTIAN INTERVIEW TATIANA.
CLICK HERE TO WATCH TATIANA INTERVIEW KRISTIAN.
– Space confirms 10 additional one-hour episodes of ORPHAN BLACK Season 5 to premiere in 2017 –
– Temple Street, a division of Boat Rocker Media, produces ORPHAN BLACK in partnership with Space and BBC America –
– Season 4 finale airs tonight at 10 p.m. ET on Space, followed by an all-new episode of AFTER THE BLACK
TORONTO (June 16, 2016) – Space announced today the renewal of the fifth and final season of critically-acclaimed original series, ORPHAN BLACK. The clone conspiracy thriller sees the return of the award-winning Canadian actress Tatiana Maslany in her multiple versatile roles as the clone sisters. An additional 10, one-hour episodes are set to air in 2017 on Space. The Season 4 finale of the Peabody-winning series airs tonight at 10 p.m. ET on Space, followed by the finale of fan-favourite insider series, AFTER THE BLACK. The first three seasons of ORPHAN BLACK are streaming now on CraveTVTM.
“The fourth season took viewers down a rabbit hole deeper into the heart of the conspiracy and explored what viewers were yearning to see – Beth’s back story. After the roller coaster ride of Season 4, we were left on the edge of our seats,” said Corrie Coe, Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. “Season 5 promises to take us into uncharted territories, where the stakes are higher than ever. Knowing the prowess of the ORPHAN BLACK creative team, I’d say, fasten your seatbelts.”
“ORPHAN BLACK has transcended the landscape of Canadian television, and it has been an honour for the Bell Media family to bring this revolutionary series to our fervent and devoted audience,” said Tracey Pearce, Senior Vice-President, Specialty and Pay, Bell Media. “We look forward to taking fans on one final journey with our clone ‘sestras’ alongside the genius team of writers, the entire cast and crew including the awe-inspiring Tatiana Maslany, and our production partners Temple Street and BBC America.”
“We are excited to deliver an epic conclusion to the tale of Sarah and her clone sisters,” said co-creators John Fawcett and Graeme Manson. “The past four seasons have been a phenomenal adventure and we are eternally grateful to our loyal fans who have loved the twists and thrills of our weird little show. We are thankful to our partners at Temple Street, Space and BBC America for their support, and giving us the opportunity to end on a high.”
“When we embarked upon this journey with John and Graeme, we knew we had something special on our hands, but didn’t imagine how deeply it would resonate with audiences, and the worldwide acclaim it would receive,” said David Fortier and Ivan Schneeberg, Executive Producers of ORPHAN BLACK and Co-Presidents of Boat Rocker Studios. “We are truly in awe of Tatiana who each season pulls off the impossible, and brings each clone’s unique personalities to life in an extraordinarily captivating way. We are so proud of the cast and crew, who will be on this final ride with us as we draw the ORPHAN BLACK story to a close, and are extremely thankful to our partners at Space and BBC America for their continued support, as well as the legions of fans who have made these five seasons possible.”
In the Season 4 finale of ORPHAN BLACK “From Dancing Mice to Psychopaths” (June 16 at 10 p.m. ET), when communication with Cosima is cut off and Neolution appears to be within striking distance, Sarah’s alliance with Rachel goes out the window. Sarah lures a high-level Neolutionist into a trap, and sets out to bring down Neolution once and for all. For new episode images, click here.
After a hair-raising season of emotional flashbacks (Beth’s back-story), shocking reveals (Delphine is alive) and of course, new, game-changing clones, (M.K., Ira), Space’s original insider series AFTER THE BLACK provides closure for Season 4 of ORPHAN BLACK tonight, Thursday, June 16 at 11 p.m. ET, following the season finale of ORPHAN BLACK. In this star-studded episode, hosts Ajay Fry and Morgan Hoffman sit with the inimitable Tatiana Maslany, Kevin Hanchard, and Kristian Bruun, for their take on the season’s shocking reveals, memorable moments, and behind-the-scenes secrets.
Most actors play just one character at a time, but Tatiana Maslany has played nearly a dozen roles on the BBC America show “Orphan Black.”
“There’s a lot of ‘How do you keep it straight in your mind? How do you differentiate these people? How do you become different people?'” Maslany, 30, told Peter Travers on ABC News’ “Popcorn With Peter Travers.”
The show follows clones who discover one another and search for their identity and for their origins. Maslany, who has played an array of clones, including a Ukrainian assassin, a suburban housewife, a drug-using cop and a transgender man, credits a team of people for helping her portray each character.
“The hair and makeup team are incredibly creatively collaborative with me. And we’ve created these characters together, you know, along with the writers and showrunners, but also I have a dialect coach who helps me get into the voices,” Maslany said. “And then I have my acting double, who plays all the clones opposite me when I do. Her name’s Kathryn Alexandre, and she’s an amazing actor and does the most selfless, generous job on the planet, because she’s never seen.”
Though undertaking the complicated gig was initially daunting for her, Maslany said it’s fun getting to play so many characters.
“I think, for me, it’s the most natural thing an actor can do, is transform like this. I think that’s we’re born to do,” she said. “At least the people I admire and the people I work with, we are thrilled to get to transform, and we’re excited by that challenge.”
Maslany, from Regina, Saskatchewan, also has her improvisation background to thank. Before she moved to Toronto to pursue an acting career, she worked in theater and television as a child. Improvisation helps her on “Orphan Black,” she said, “in terms of character relationship and just story of in-the-moment building of a character … We’re really lucky. We really just are allowed to play [but] always within the scene.”
She said that when she’s not working on the show, she eagerly jumps into new roles.
“I definitely have to, like, shed the characters and the kinetic sort of nature of the show after I wrap,” she said. “But the last two seasons, I went straight to a film right after, so I kind of dove into another world.”
“That’s a nice reset to be thrown into something different,” she added.
Maslany recently starred in the film “The Other Half,” in which she plays a woman with bipolar disorder opposite her real-life boyfriend, Tom Cullen, who played Lord Anthony Gillingham on “Downton Abbey.”
“That’s the story of two very kind of damaged people who come together because they see something in each other that is resonant and they kind of can see themselves inside each other,” she said.
She added that Cullen is “a really interesting actor. He can kind of play so many different notes and so many different characters.”
He has also her advice and support for “Orphan Black,” Maslany said. “First season, I was in such a terrified panic. We’d have, like, three-hour phone calls where I’d just be like, ‘I don’t know what I’m doing. Help me’ — you know, with the accent, with this, with that … It’s great to have someone like that to collaborate with.”
And though she’s been nominated for a best actress Emmy for the show, she said she doesn’t think she’ll ever be content with her performance in any role.
“The first episode of season one … I’d been dreaming of this script for so long, and I pictured that opening sequence over and over in my head, then I got the part and got to stand on that train platform and do the scene, and it was, like, freezing cold, and I was looking at Kathryn, and there was something about being in someone else’s shoes, like, mind-blowing,” she said.
“I don’t know that I’m satisfied with any part I’ve ever done, but there was a real satisfaction in just being there in that image that I’d dreamed about for so long.”
Screencaps will be added later tonight.