This has been quite a year for Tatiana Maslany. The Canadian actress became one of the most notable breakout actors on TV thanks to her acclaimed performance — excuse me, performances — in BBC America’s Orphan Back, as Sarah, Cosima, Alison and the many other clones she plays.
Last week, I spoke to Maslany on the set of Parks and Recreation, where she was filming a two-episode stint as a new love interest for Tom (Aziz Ansari). I’ll have more from that conversation in a few weeks pertaining to Parks and Rec, when her episodes begin to air. But we also spoke about Orphan Black, the response it’s received and where it could go in the future…
IGN TV: The reaction to Orphan Black has been so huge, both fan-wise and also in the industry. The people on Parks and Rec wanting you to come on made sense to me. When you meet people in the industry — actors, writers, producers — are you feeling that love for the show?
Tatiana Maslany: Yeah, and that’s really kind of shocking to me. I feel like, yeah, there are audiences, but I forget that other actors might be watching the show, you know, people I look up to or whatever. Like, Rashida [Jones] came up to me and was like, “I’m a huge fan of the show.” I was just like, “Guuuuh!” It’s so insane, because I think she’s amazing. So yeah, that’s really exciting.
IGN: I was thinking about how this is the third time I’ve talked to you this year. The first time, the show hadn’t premiered yet. It’s only been a few months, but it’s been a crazy few months.
Maslany: Isn’t that crazy, that that was, like, this year? Whoa, that’s nuts! I can’t actually process that this has been one year, because it’s been so insane. Weird… Super weird. [Laughs]
IGN: So you are a few weeks away from shooting Orphan Black again. Have you seen any scripts yet?
Maslany: No. I mean, I’ve seen little breakdowns and ideas, but nothing concrete yet. So I’m completely in the dark and just can’t wait to get into it.
IGN: It seems like with that show they could literally throw anything at you.
Maslany: I just trust them so implicitly. Whatever they want me to do, I’m just like, “Yes, I’m up for it.” It’s such an insanely amazing job. It’s so unique, and I’m so lucky to have it that I’m just like, “Just whatever you guys want to do, let’s just go for it.” So whatever characters come up, if there are other clones or whatever — which I’m sure there will be; I don’t know what they could be — I’m so up for it.
IGN: We were just meeting Rachel when Season 1 ended. Are you intrigued to explore more of her?
Maslany: Absolutely, yeah, because I got her for maybe two scenes, but she’s so starkly different from all the rest and has a completely different upbringing, a completely different life. It’s neat to be on the other side of things, where she’s not caught in the chaos of it. She’s sort of controlling it, in a way. It’s really exciting.