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Tatiana was on Jimmy Kimmel Live yesterday. She looked so beautiful and was so funny during this interview! Enjoy clips from the episode and screencaps/stills in the gallery.



 



Warning: This post contains spoilers for the “Clutch of Greed” episode of Orphan Black.

Having trouble breathing, Clone Club? After the ending of this week’s Orphan Black installment, “Clutch of Greed,” you may never breathe easily again. That’s because the second episode of the show’s final season climaxed with former Topside assassin Ferdinand (James Frain) committing clone-icide by stomping on the chest of poor M.K. until her sternum shatters. It’s an ugly, violent end to a clone who has already been through so much, and if it was upsetting for you to watch, you’d better believe it was twice as upsetting for Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany to perform. “Shooting it was really awful,” the actress tells Yahoo TV. “I was wearing this chest rig; it was just vile. Not a fun day.”

At the same time, Maslany feels that M.K.’s tragic death is in keeping with her tragic life. Born Veera Suominen in Helsinki, Finland, the mask-wearing computer expert befriended a fellow Finnish clone, Niki, who was later murdered by Ferdinand. She and the killer have been on a collision course ever since, with M.K. almost killing him last season before Sarah stopped her. In a painful twist of fate, M.K. is impersonating Sarah — who in turn is dressed as her clone nemesis, Rachel — when she confronts Ferdinand, allowing her sister to continue her search for her daughter, Kira. But he immediately sees through her disguise when he notices the telltale burns on M.K.’s face. “This is like two revenge fantasies in one,” he says, proceeding to raise his foot and bring it down over and over again on her chest.

“I was nervous about it,” Maslany admits now about M.K.’s murder. “It’s super-violent, and being so aware of the images you put out into the world as a storyteller, I was aware of what that image is.” Still, as has been previously established, the world of Orphan Black is a violent place, for clones and nonclones alike. “The story we’re telling, especially this season, is about patriarchy, male violence, and ownership of women’s bodies, and the need for women to have control over their own destiny, their own ideas and bodies and voices. To have M.K. be so brave in stepping in for Sarah knowing that she is sacrificing herself felt like the correct story point,” Maslany says. “M.K.’s always had this tragic past, and has this tragic end. I hope that people felt for her and it means something to them. And I hope they hate Ferdinand!”

According to Orphan Black co-creators John Fawcett and Graeme Manson, that tragic end very nearly came about in Season 4 rather than Season 5. “M.K. was scheduled to die in last season’s finale,” Fawcett says. “We streamlined it at the eleventh hour, and she was allowed to live. But we knew that Ferdinand was going to be back and exacting revenge for what she had done to him.” Had it happened last season, the duo says that the “mechanics” still would have been very similar, up to and including the fact that M.K. would be impersonating another clone at the time of her death. “The switcheroo idea was always there,” Manson says. “It was one we’d been turning over for a while.”

In the end, the duo decided that delaying M.K.’s death would deliver maximum dramatic impact. “I think it’s better at the beginning of [this] season, because it really makes the audience uncertain about the future of the Ledas,” Fawcett says. “They’re living in fear, and if the audience is living in fear for their favorite characters, that’s a good place of concern for our girls going forward. It’s a tough season — all bets are off!”

Manson drives that last point home: “Nobody’s safe. It’s the final season, and there’s going to be attrition. You’re going to have to wait and see who’s next.”

Orphan Black airs Saturdays at 10 p.m. on BBC America.
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To borrow a lyric from Hamilton, Orphan Black fans are counting on series star Tatiana Maslany to teach them how to say goodbye to a series they’ve loved for five seasons. But the Canadian actress confesses she needs her own lessons in bidding the show farewell. “It was super hard to say goodbye,” Maslany tells Yahoo TV. Part of that, of course, has to do with the fact that Maslany–who won a much-deserved Emmy last fall for her portrayal of the show’s multiple Clone Club sisters — has so many characters to part with. “I had to say goodbye to one of them a day for the last week we were shooting, and it was a grieving process each time. It was a bizarre grieving process, and I think I’ll still be going through it when the season finishes airing.” Watch Maslany’s farewell video above, and read on to learn the pieces of Clone Club memorabilia she took from set, and why Emmy night was an out-of-body experience.

Looking back on the series, which of the clones was the easiest to play? Which was the hardest?
I loved playing all of them, so it’s hard for me to pick one. Helena was always the most comfortable in terms of clothing, and Rachel and Krystal the least. All of them were characters I had never gotten to play before and I don’t know if I will after. It’s hard to pin down which is the least like me. Sarah is the one I go to the easiest, but her life is nothing like my own. In terms of the most difficult, Rachel was the hardest to feel comfortable in because she was so polar opposite to my physicality. I feel like Cosima was natural for me, and bizarrely, once I understood her better, Alison. Alison is kind of my core, my essence.e She’s very dramatic and loves musical theater. She’s an emotional creature. She is a performative person in her life and that’s who I am, too.

The first scene of the pilot — where Beth walks in front of a train while Sarah watches — was such a visceral way to begin the show. Reflecting on it now, what does that sequence mean to you?
That scene was always a really visceral one for me even in my first reading of the script. I couldn’t stop dreaming about it and thinking about it. When we finally shot it, it felt very important; it felt exciting to be standing in those boots on the platform and watching Kathryn Alexandre [Maslany’s acting double] as Beth. It was very wild. Looking back on it now, knowing everything we know about Sarah and Beth, it’s loaded with all of that history, and all of that meaning and connection. These two characters who are seemingly polar opposite human beings, and would never have crossed paths otherwise unless Beth was arresting Sarah, actually have so much in common. The sisterhood is so importantly strong. It would be cool to re-watch it now. I’m sure I look like a baby! [Laughs]

During the first season, do you remember being afraid every day that you would be fired?
Oh my god! Kevin [Hanchard, who plays Beth’s cop partner, Art] and I were talking today about how the first season was a blur of fear and a scream of panic the whole time. It was such an unusual project: I’d never led a series before, I’d never played this many characters in one go before, I’d never played a mother before! It was all super new to me. All of it was a panic. I remember being Sarah as Beth and thinking, “I can’t be a cop! I’m used to playing teens and high school kids caring about their tests. And now I’m holding a gun and pretending to be a cop.” Which actually worked for Sarah, because she’s also not a cop. She’s out of sorts and flying by the seat of her pants. So all of that worked with her circumstances.

Women in particular respond to the show very strongly. What’s the reaction you’ve heard from them?
I feel like anytime I see a complex portrayal [of a woman] onscreen in any way, I’m just grateful for it. I think I’m an intelligent person and I deserve to see something that I understand and that challenges me, and the women that watch our show are no exception. They’re grateful and eager to see characters that aren’t fitting into a box of what we’ve seen before. The whole show is about how your identity isn’t wrapped into one thing, whether that’s your sexuality, your aesthetic, the mask you wear in the world or the way you look or the money you have. These things are determining factors but they are not your true self. The show has these tropes — the grifter, the housewife, the science nerd, the cop — but we hope to dismantle them, pick them apart and find the humanity and contradiction in them. The response from women has been my greatest honor in doing the show.

Is there one response in particular that’s resonated with you?
For all of us, we’ve mentioned when young and older women have said that maybe Cosima has allowed them to come out and be themselves, and love who they love and speak to their parents or families about their sexuality. You can’t describe how much that means to us. That’s the most mindblowing takeaway we’ve had from meeting fans and doing the show.

It was thrilling for longtime fans to watch you finally win an Emmy last fall. What do you remember about that night?
I don’t remember much! [Laughs] I remember my phone was going off, because I had stupidly written [my speech] on my phone and not a piece of paper because I didn’t think I was going up there at all. I kept getting text messages and tried to close them! I didn’t recognize my name when [presenter Keifer Sutherland] first said it, because he pronounced it so creatively. It was totally an out of body experience. What was the most awesome that night was that I got to be there with Tom [Cullen], my boyfriend, who has been there with me since the beginning, and has seen this ride through with me and been my rock throughout. And getting to celebrate with the people I make the show with, and are so integral. The accolades I’ve received are completely because of them.

Where do you keep your Emmy now?
It’s in a box in the closet. I haven’t displayed it! [Laughs] – Source





By the time BBC America’s wildly addicting sci-fi show Orphan Black’s series finale airs later this summer, its bona fide star Tatiana Maslany will have portrayed no fewer than 11 clones, sometimes up to six per episode, and all with such distinctive personalities that it’s easy to forget that there’s one woman inhabiting them all. From the fierce pragmatist Sarah to the to science nerd Cosima to the unhinged but lovable Helena, Maslany, 31, who won an Emmy Award for her role/s in 2016, has given life to memorable characters.

It didn’t take long for buzz to build when the series, [which evolves around a core group of clones borne out of Project LEDA. With its solid mix of serious sci-fi geek stuff, mystery, action, humor, and stars — also including Maria Doyle Kennedy and Jordan Gavaris — Orphan Black was destined to become a critical and cult darling.

With just 10 episodes remaining, Maslany, the cast, and crew have bid farewell to Sarah, Cosima, Alison, Rachel, Helena, and the rest of the gang. As for whether or not her clones would live happily ever after, Maslany is careful not to give too much away.

“It’s not a happy ending for sure, but an ending,” Maslany exclusively tells Us Weekly. “I don’t know how to say it without spoiling it.”

Us: Do you feel fans will be satisfied with the ending?
TM: I think what Orphan Black often does is sort of play in the gray area a lot more than in the absolutes of good and bad. What I’m always interested in are stories that challenge people. And hopefully that’s what this does, whether it emotionally challenges them or mentally, or whatever, but I’m happy with how we say goodbye to the clones.

Us: What can viewers expect from season 5?

TM: It’s an extension of what we’ve been exploring all throughout, which is the sisterhood, and family, and all of those things. We definitely delve more into that, especially as this season goes on, in a deeper way than I think we have in the past. It’s hard to say one way or another what the season’s about, but for me, it always comes back to family.

Us: Speaking of family, Orphan Black continually explores what it means to be a woman, a mother, a sister… What do you think the series says about the nature of motherhood?
TM: I think it challenges a lot of the traditional expectations of what a mother is. And I think Sarah’s always done that in that even though she’s the biological mother of Kira she couldn’t have raised her without Mrs. S. and I think she really relied on Mrs. S. to kind of mother her daughter. Sarah’s not really necessarily built to be a natural mom. It’s not really her, so to have her dealing with that and the guilt of, ‘Am I a good mother?’ and all of that stuff that I think people go through, that’s what’s interesting to me — sort of like the different versions of a mother and breaking apart the rules for what a mom is.

Us: What can you say about rumors of a Cosima/Delphine wedding after their emotional reunion in the season 4 finale?
TM: I will let you deduce what you want to deduce from that. It’s a very cool episode. I can’t really say much about it but I loved shooting that episode. We filmed that one with Helen Shaver, who has directed a few of our episodes and she’s unbelievable. She understands the love story of it but also the complications of that dynamic — Cosima and Delphine and the intimacy and the sexuality and everything.

Us: Have you ever been shocked by what Alison and Donnie will do to protect each other and their family?
TM: Totally. I love those two so much. Considering they’re the most suburban on the surface, they’ve killed a lot. They’ve murdered as much as Helena. They’re pretty fierce. I love that veneer of perfection, the veneer of societal normality and then you get to know who they really are. Every time I read an Alison scene or an Alison and Donnie scene, I’m excited. And Graeme (Manson, executive producer) has said that those scenes write themselves, that those voices for him are very clear. It’s always been really fun.

Us: Do you have a story about a really crazy or touching fan interaction over any of the clones?
TM: I feel like Cosima is the one that most often elicits a response like, ‘Thank you for that character because I was able to be myself and I actually talked to my parents about who I am and don’t feel ashamed anymore.’ There have been a few of those conversations with people and it’s amazing from teens to 40-year-old women I’ve spoken to who’ve said the show has had that effect on them. It’s incredible.

Us: Are you aware of tattoos in honor of any of the clones you play?
TM: Yeah! Or, a fan will ask me to sign something to write a word on a piece of paper because they’re going to get my penmanship on their body.

Us: Can you pick a clone, or is it like trying to pick a favorite child?
TM: It is kind of. It changes day by day and I think that’s what’s so exciting about the show for me. I’m lucky enough to get to play six characters. Even if I got to play one of them I’d be excited — Helena or Alison or Cosima or Rachel. Rachel this last season was really exciting and so was Helena. It’s hard for me to pick.

Us: Did you take anything home from set when you were finished shooting?
TM: I took a bunch of clothes and a bunch of things from each character, so I’ve got Cosima’s glasses and her nose ring. I have a few different things from each character. I have Helena’s coat from when she first appears and Sarah stabs her, way back from season one.

Us: What would you like viewers to take away from the season or the entire series?
TM: I’m just really grateful that we got to do it and so grateful to the fans for being there from day one and for giving us viewership and visibility and all of that. It’s been such an amazing trip and we wouldn’t be here without the Clone Club, so it’s very much about them.

Orphan Black’s final fifth season debuts on BBC America on Saturday, June 10, at 10 p.m. ET.
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Tatiana and the Orphan Black were on AOL Build today. Check out the full interview below and screencaps.



The final season of Orphan Black premieres on June 10 and as the cast prepared to say goodbye, they stopped by BuzzFeed News to reveal how the show has forever changed their lives.



Tatiana was on Live with Kelly and Ryan today. Check out the interview and screencaps below.



At first glance, it’s easy to assume that Tatiana Maslany’s most challenging role would be juggling all of her clone characters and plotlines on Orphan Black, for which she has been rewarded with an Emmy and four Canadian Screen Award acting trophies. But, if you ask her, the “most research [she’s] ever done for a piece” was for a short film about an alcoholic in recovery, directed by one of her closest friends.

“When I read it, I was actually really scared of the role,” said Maslany to etalk in an exclusive interview in Los Angeles in April. “Because of the nature of what she was going through, I didn’t have a lot of experience, myself, with that. Alcohol and all that had never been a part of my life.”

In Apart From Everything, Maslany plays Fran, a woman looking to reconnect with both her fiancée Lana and her family after spending time in treatment for alcohol abuse. Partly inspired by J.D. Salinger’s Franny and Zooey, this marks the first collaboration between Maslany and Ben Lewis with him as her director. The Regina-born star approached Lewis to direct and help adapt the short.

“I was trying to write a short about it, but what I did was transcribe the exact dialogue from the book and I was like, short finished!” said Maslany, with a laugh.

“I remember you wrote in it, ‘This is my favourite book and I’ve always wanted to make a short out of it,” and you were like, ‘Get to work,’ or something,” said Lewis. “But, you were always in my mind. You were always Fran.”

Maslany and Lewis first met over a decade ago when they played boyfriend and girlfriend on the set of Stirs of Echoes: The Homecoming, a 2007 TV movie which also starred Rob Lowe.

“The chemistry was the hottest movie of the year, of the week,” joked Maslany.

“But we’ve worked together in so many collaborative experiences, we’ve done so much,” said the 31-year-old actress, making note of various plays and productions the two had worked on as a pair. “And Ben blew me away with the natural instinct he has for directing, which obviously comes from such an education about film and theatre and acting, and also, he’s done all the work himself as an actor, and done through things and classes, and loves storytelling. He’s like the best storyteller I know.”

Apart From Everything has also received some love on the film festival circuit. It had its world premiere at London’s BFI Flare Festival back in March, and it will bow before North American audiences for the first time at Toronto’s Inside Out Festival on May 26th.

“It’s a really great community and it really feels like my community in terms of film and the LGBTQ community so, I am really excited to screen it [at Inside Out],” said Lewis.

“Ostensibly, the film used to be about a character who is reaching out and acting for forgiveness, but you’re not always able to get that from people; you’re not always able to get what you want. So ultimately, it’s about how you live with that and learn to forgive yourself in order to move forward.”

In fact, Lewis and Maslany had such a great collaborative experience on Apart From Everything, that months after the film finished production, they teamed up once again when she served as one of his bridesmaids in his wedding to fellow actor, Blake Lee.

“Yes, another wild collaborative experience,” joked Maslany. “I was sobbing much more, like, than I’ve ever cried at that wedding.”

“I always put you through the ringer in some way,” said Lewis. “I don’t know, I think I was a more chill groom than I was a director.”

“No, you’re a very chill director,” said Maslany, before adding, amidst a laugh, “less chill groom.”

Kidding aside, Lauren Collins, who served as a producer on Apart From Everything, was a part of the wedding party too, as was Aubrey Plaza.

Collins and Lewis previously worked together on their 2014 short film Zero Recognition, which Lewis also directed. The film later won the William F. White Award for Best Comedy, and to Lewis, carrying on this creative partnership made perfect sense. The two are currently developing their first feature as a team.

“I was really lucky on [Apart From Everything] to really get to make it with my three best friends,” said Lewis. “With [Tatiana], Lauren, and my friend Mercedes producing it, I felt incredibly safe and protected. I trust all three of them implicitly, and that’s kind of the dream.”

Maslany agrees, and added, “I think we will always work together.”

Following the premiere of Apart From Everything later this month, Maslany has a pretty busy calendar. The final season of Orphan Black will premiere on Space on Sat. June 10, and her Boston marathon movie Stronger, which she stars in opposite Jake Gyllenhaal, will hit theatres on Sept. 22.

“That’s what I am doing, then sleeping forever,” said Maslany, with a smile.
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