After only 10 episodes, Orphan Black made quite an impression on viewers, which makes the eight-month wait for Season 2 that much more difficult.
Over the course of its first season, Orphan Black weaved a tale of mystery and intrigue as to why a group of clones — all played brilliantly by Tatiana Maslany — came into existence and who is pulling the strings. Ultimately, Cosima’s digging uncovered that each clone was actually trademarked, making them intellectual property of the Neolutionists with no control over their own lives.
Suffice it to say, the question of freedom will be raised in the upcoming second season, which goes back into production at the end of September. TVGuide.com caught up with Maslany on the set of Parks and Recreation — where she’ll appear as a love interest for Aziz Ansari’s Tom — to get the scoop on what’s in store for each of the clones, including poor Alison, who inadvertently signed her life away in the finale. The 27-year-old actress also discusses the pressure she feels going into Season 2 and being overlooked by the Emmys.
At the end of Season 1, we learned that the clones are actually trademarked, so will the question of freedom be a running theme in Season 2?
Tatiana Maslany: It resonates differently for each of them. There’s something about that idea of ownership over your body that I feel is quite resonant to women. It’s so interesting that it’s in the context of clones, but it’s all women dealing with this idea of, “Do I own my body? Is my body mine? Who am I if I don’t own my body? Who am I if somebody else has decided all this stuff?” I think Sarah is a fiercely rebellious person, so anybody putting her in a box is when she’ll lose her sh–. Cosima is fascinated with this concept because of the science of it and because of the way that she can break things down and understand them better. Alison bought into it. It’s cool that they all deal with it very differently.
For Sarah, will her charge be finding her daughter Kira (Skyler Wexler) and trying to get away from all of this?
Maslany: Yeah, I think [she’s] claiming something for herself, re-claiming her life. That all involves Kira and Felix (Jordan Gavaris) and whatever Mrs. S’ (Maria Doyle Kennedy) deal is.
Yeah, what is her deal?!
Maslany: I don’t even know, but I can’t wait to know! She’s so amazing and is an incredible actor.
When Cosima started showing signs of being sick, did you get nervous about the possibility of no longer playing that clone?
Maslany: Yeah, totally. I’m scared for her. I don’t know what’s going to happen. I’d be really sad to lose her if that happened. It makes it very tense. The stakes are so high because we’ve seen them die from this already — Katja didn’t die from it, but she would have. It’s that panic that could set in for all of them: “Who’s the next one to go?” They’re kind of — not dispensable — but they’re mortal.