Press: SXSW Film ‘The Other Half,’ Starring Tatiana Maslany, to Get U.S. Release

“The Other Half,” the indie drama that premiered at SXSW last year, has been picked up by distributor Brainstorm Media for release in U.S. theaters in March. Director and writer Joey Klein’s love story earned a strong review from Variety in its festival bow in 2016.

The storyline centers on a grieving young man, played by Tom Cullen (“Downton Abbey”), and his budding relationship with Emily, an artist depicted by “Orphan Black” star and Emmy winner Tatiana Maslany. Over the course of the film, Emily’s bipolar disorder brings trauma and tension to the already-precarious union.

“This film was a standout for us at SXSW, with such beautiful and intimate performances,” said Brainstorm Media president Meyer Shwarzstein. The distribution company will coordinate the U.S. release in theaters and on video-on-demand, both set for March 10.

Jonathan Bronfman from JoBro Productions and Nicole Hilliard-Forde and Joey Klein from Motel Pictures produced the film while JayJay Firestone, CEO of Prodigy Pictures, executive produced. Cullen and Maslany are also on the film’s team of executive producers.

Press: Interview – Joey Klein on The Other Half

We very lucky to get a chance to speak with Joey Klein, an actor and now writer and director of the powerful and challenging film The Other Half, which first debuted at SXSW, opened the Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival in November, and is now playing in select theatres from Mongrel Media. It was especially special for Klein for the press day to take place at the Gladstone Hotel, a place where his parents stayed years ago. Klein was very generous with his time, and his praise for co-stars, and real-life couple, Tatiana Maslany and Tom Cullen, who deliver searing performances in the film.

The following are excerpts from the lengthy interview that occurred.

Scene Creek: (gestures to poster) Are Maslany and Cullen your other half(ves)?
Joey Klein: Guess so, I mean, I’ve known them now for a while. But all because of this, I mean, I met her on an acting job, and someone said “check out Grown Up Movie Star“, and as soon as I saw it, I offered her this. We did my first BravoFACT together, and she started dating Tom around that time. I was as obsessed with him from his work on Weekend and I wrote a role for him anyways, it made sense as it was someone who fled where he was from. So by the time we made the film, we were all really close, but we kind of got to know each other through trying to make it, hoping to make it. I started writing something that became this years and years ago. She was attached four and a half, five years and he was attached two, two and and a half years. Bobby Shore, the D.P., was attached even before Tat. Nicole Hilliard-Forde really picked it up and carried it on her own for a while and was really the force behind getting it made. Jonathan Bronfman, if I can use a baseball analogy, was sort of the star reliever in seeing it through to production.

I’m developing a revenge movie hopefully with these cats, if we all get on the same page together, I mean, we will, but first it’s got to get on the page.

SC: There is heavy subject matter in this film, but it is also hopeful.
JK: This is not an autobiographical movie, but it is a personal movie. Yes, I wrote from a point of experience and a point of knowing a lot of this stuff, but I want to represent what grief over time is like and to look at what is true to me about the grace of two very sick people finding themselves these days. I wanted to be as respectful to the subject as I could, and I wanted to do it in a way that I could explore realistic hope. I appreciate you bringing up the hope aspect of it because I think there’s true hope in it. I want to put some love back in the world and I will do it any way that I can.

SC: What would you like an audience to get out of this film?
JK: My favourite films have saved my life a little bit, and I just hope that this film stands for something for anyone who unfortunately does know at all about this, and for anyone who is older than twelve, you’ve gone through something, maybe that you shouldn’t have.
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Press: Two lovers and their bear come home to Iqaluit

If you have ever lived in Iqaluit, you might want to want to catch Kim Nguyen’s latest feature film, Two Lovers and a Bear.

Like the audience that packed both theatres at the Astro Theatre in Iqaluit Oct. 28 for the film’s Nunavut première, you’ll likely get a kick out of seeing people and places you recognize.

One of the magic-realism film’s major backdrops is Nunavut’s capital, where Nguyen spent six weeks filming in 2015.

And if you haven’t lived in Iqaluit, the film’s Canadian-born and Emmy Award-winning star Tatiana Maslany offered all sorts of reasons to visit the place and see the film.

“It’s one of those places you never get used to how beautiful it is. When you land, one side of the plane is the most gorgeous sunset, and on the other side is a white out,” Maslany told Nunatsiaq News from the premiere’s reception Oct. 28 at the Hotel Arctic.

Two Lovers and a Bear, which had its world première at the Cannes Film Festival in May, is a story about two lovers haunted by their own troubled pasts.

The couple, desperate to escape their nameless northern community, are helped from time to time by a talking polar bear who offers insights and enjoys whisky.

Before the film screened at the Astro Theatre, Maslany tried to say a few words to the audience but was cut short when emotions got the better of her.

“I’ve been crying since I landed basically,” she explained at the reception.

“It was such an amazing experience to be here for those six weeks that we shot. It’s a part of Canada I didn’t know.”

But it’s a part that Maslany said she quickly connected with deeply because the place and people reminded her of her hometown, Regina.

“Something about my experience in Regina, there was an echo of it here. I felt at home, like I was around the people I would’ve been friends with growing up. I loved the community and the people I met.”

The film, even though it’s set in a fictional, nameless Arctic town, does not shy away from some of the most serious troubles that plague Iqaluit and Nunavut.

For example, Maslany’s character, Lucy, is chased by the ghost of her father, who sexually abused her as a child.

“I don’t think the film is seeking to tell the story of what it’s like to live [in Iqaluit]. The place is more of a setting that allows for themes of love and the deep need for connection, the past being ever present—things that we can’t just run away from,” Maslany said.

Although the two main characters are not Inuit, Maslany said there’s significance in using Iqaluit as the backdrop to the film.

“Even just the exposure of what it looks like up here. It’s not this mythical place, but there are people up here who party, go to the Legion, have a great time, watch A Tribe Called Red—it’s got a lot of similarities to what it’s like in the South.”

But the audience at the Iqaluit screening picked up on details and humour that audiences at the film’s other screenings simply missed, Maslany said.

“When we screened at Cannes, people were going, ‘Oh, what an interesting thing, I didn’t know that.’ Whereas here, you’ve lived it, you know these things. This was my favourite screening,” she said.
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Press: ‘It’s magical:’ Tatiana Maslany on filming Two Lovers and a Bear in Canada’s Arctic

‘You can kind of let the environment be a scene partner,’ says actor.

Tatiana Maslany, one of the stars of Two Lovers and a Bear, says her time shooting in Nunavut was an eye-opening experience, and she wants more Canadian filmmakers to work in the North and more Inuit to tell their stories.The film, directed by Kim Nguyen, is an offbeat romance about two lovers who find refuge in the Arctic from their pasts. Two Lovers and a Bear had its first Nunavut screening on Saturday at Iqaluit’s Astro theatre.

Maslany, a Regina-born actor who recently won an Emmy for her work on the TV series Orphan Black, spent six weeks in Iqaluit last spring during filming. Part of the movie was also shot in Timmins, Ont. Standing before a theatre full of the film’s Iqaluit cast and crew, Maslany got choked up. She said the connections she made with the people and the Arctic landscape have had a lasting effect on her.

“I think Nunavut is incredible,” said Maslany. “It’s so varied from what it is day to day. It’s magical. It’s another world entirely, the way the snow looks, the sky, the ocean — everything.” Maslany said it was a luxury to be able to work against the landscape in which the story is set. “You can kind of let the environment be a scene partner,” she said. Despite the cold, and grappling with equipment mishaps and breakdowns, Maslany said she had a lot of fun in the North.

“I felt there were less challenges for me than joys,” she said. She said she had a near disaster on a Ski-Doo when she forgot about the camera rig attached to her machine and ricocheted off the side of a snow drift, causing her co-star Dane DeHaan to get knocked off his Ski-Doo. In the end everyone got out unscathed and the crew gathered blooper reel gold.

Her time in Iqaluit filming Two Lovers and a Bear was Maslany’s first trip to Canada’s Arctic. She said before coming North she knew very little about this part of Canada.

“I was ashamed of how little I knew, how little I’ve been told and how little I investigated,” said Maslany.

“It ended up being one of my favourite places on the planet and I’ve travelled a lot.”
Now the actress wants to encourage other filmmakers to work in in the North.
“It’s important for film crews to come up here and work up here and tell these stories because it’s who we are,” she said.
She said telling stories set in the North is essential to embracing Canada’s true identity.

“We’ve created an identity for Canada that has nothing to do with the roots of Canada and our Indigenous people,” she said.
“I think that’s a big mistake. We’re putting out some other identity which isn’t who we are.”
Her advice to Nunavut filmmakers is: “just tell your story.”

“Embrace everything you know about where you grew up and the stories that you’ve been told and defend those. Because we really need voices from up here to reach out. We need to hear these stories.”
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Press: Emmy winner Tatiana Maslany on saying goodbye to ‘Orphan Black’

“I’m going to be really sad to not be these characters anymore,” Tatiana Maslany told an audience at the Vancouver International Film Festival just weeks before filming for the fifth and final season of “Orphan Black” commenced. She laughed, “Hopefully we get some answers to things because I have a lot of questions!”

Despite consecutive Critics’ Choice Awards as Best Drama Actress for the first two seasons of the science-fiction series, Maslany only received her first Emmy nomination last year for the third season and finally won the Emmy last month for the fourth. It was a monumental achievement, as she became the first Canadian actress ever to win an Emmy for leading a series. Coincidentally, she was presented the trophy by the last Canadian to win for leading a series: Kiefer Sutherland (drama “24” in 2006), who garbled her name.

In Vancouver to promote her new film “The Other Half,” which premiered at South by Southwest in March yet remains without an American distributor, Maslany reflected on her rise to stardom. She lamented that she now regularly receives offers for parts in the vein of her work on “Orphan Black,” in which she plays a series of clones. “I did this part so that I would not be pigeonholed,” she ruefully admits. Yet, in “The Other Half,” Maslany plays bipolar.

Maslany was receptive to the suggestion by moderator Tim Goodman from The Hollywood Reporter that she seek comedic roles. She revealed, “Comedy is my biggest joy in life to watch. I just find it fascinating.” Over the course of the discussion, Maslany cited television dramedies “Louie” and “Transparent,” as well as Aziz Ansari, as inspirations. “I was peeing my pants there,” Maslany recounted about working with Ansari during her 2013 guest spot on the sitcom “Parks and Recreation.” “That is the scariest thing that I’ve ever done,” she revealed.

Maslany can currently be seen in Canadian theaters in Kim Nguyen’s “Two Lovers and a Bear” and star opposite Jake Gyllenhaal in the upcoming film“Stronger.” As for what she will do when “Orphan Black” wraps production, Maslany admitted, “I’ve never kind of known what I wanted to do next. I’d love to go back to do theatre again — do some live stuff.”
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Press/Photos: Toronoto Now Magazine

Tatiana is featured on the current issue of Toronto Now. Check out scans below and a writeup of the article.

2016: Toronto Now

Globally, women are making big strides in the movie industry. But in Canada, we’re lagging way behind. We talked to a group of fierce, frustrated filmmakers to find out why

When Canada’s Tatiana Maslany of the hit TV series Orphan Black won the Emmy for lead actress in a drama, she used her acceptance speech to remind the entertainment industry about a glaring problem.

“I feel so lucky to be on a show that puts women at the centre,” she announced.

Maslany’s moment arrived almost a year after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau implemented gender parity in his cabinet (“Because it’s 2015!”); six months after the National Film Board of Canada announced that 50 per cent of its productions would be by female filmmakers; and a week after TIFF hosted a vital Dialogues session called Women At The Helm: “Because it’s 2016!”

The TIFF panel included representatives from other countries who outlined their initiatives for getting more women in the director’s chair and described the very real struggles in getting there.

Sally Caplan, the head of production at Screen Australia, explained the multiple initiatives in place to achieve a 50/50 gender split in the films down under by 2018. The amazing Anna Serner, CEO of the Swedish Film Institute, spelled out how she had already achieved gender parity in her country’s cinema.

Then came Carolle Brabant, the executive director of Telefilm Canada, our primary funding body. Since spring, Telefilm had been hyping a major announcement.

And Brabant delivered it: “Our intention is to have by 2020 a more diverse portfolio in terms of gender, in terms of cultural diversity and in terms of Indigenous representation.”

That’s it. No initiatives. No specific targets. No ideas on how Telefilm plans to improve representation.

Brabant sounded like that kid in math class who hadn’t done her homework, scrambling for an answer when the teacher called her to break down a linear equation. She latched onto the “50/50 by 2020” movement but left out the essential 50/50 part. Telefilm’s chief representative instead promised a “working group” that will meet this month to discuss how in four years it will achieve some vague sense of improved diversity (from almost none).

“But that doesn’t mean anything,” says Maslany, when I report Telefilm’s some-sort-of-improvement plan to her.

We’re at TIFF days after the panel, and just days before the Emmys. Maslany’s gearing up for the premiere of Two Lovers And A Bear, an Arctic-set drama about a turbulent love affair that opens this weekend. She walked into this interview vibrant and cheery, but her mood gave way to concerned and frustrated. She fought to find words.

“It just baffles me,” she says. “It is really hard for women to get into rooms that men are freely flowing in and out of. There are weird stigmas around female directors, like they don’t have technical savvy. There’s just all this bullshit. It’s like from the fucking 50s.

“This shouldn’t even be a conversation any more,” she adds. “How is there still reticence toward change? We shouldn’t have to get angry because it shouldn’t be happening. I think people are really scared to shift systems. It is such a male system, and it works and makes money.”
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Press: ‘Two Lovers and a Bear’: Tatiana Maslany and Dane DeHaan go up against the elements in Arctic romance

There’s an Emmy for Orphan Black in her recent past and a movie with Jake Gyllenhaal (called Stronger) in her immediate future.

Right now, Tatiana Maslany stars with Dane DeHaan in the drama, Two Lovers and a Bear, opening in theatres Friday.

Both actors were at the Toronto International Film Festival to promote their movie, which is the new feature from Oscar-nominated director Kim Nguyen (War Witch). Maslany, 31, and DeHaan, 30, play fragile characters struggling to overcome various personal demons; the story is set in Nunavut, where the Arctic wilderness is a pristine setting for a volatile relationship.

The lovers take a trip together into uncharted — literally and figuratively — terrain, as they face an uncertain future, but discover the past isn’t quite ready to let them go. Two Lovers and a Bear is painfully real but touched with magic: it does involve a polar bear who speaks with Gordon Pinsent’s voice.

“It read to me like an adult fairy tale, says DeHaan. “Their relationship and what was happening all rang true, but then it had these fantastical elements as well. I trusted Kim to pull it off, because of War Witch, and the way he deals with the fantastical elements in that. I think that’s one of his strengths as a director.”

DeHaan says he first met Nguyen at TIFF a few years ago, when the actor was at the festival promoting The Place Beyond the Pines.

The two became fast friends and decided they wanted to work together.

“I’m just a fan of his. I really jumped at the opportunity to make this movie.”

This movie, mind you, is emotionally raw and was filmed in the wilds around Iqaluit.

It was tough to make. And even tougher to talk about, says Maslany.

“It’s odd, reflecting back on an experience that’s so, almost etherial, so in the moment,” she says.

“With a film like this, there’s so little intellectual research done. It’s like, living in that environment, with the people who live there, and daily life just starts to seep into you. And to talk about it afterwards is like a weird packaging of a really complicated experience … It’s one thing when you’re filming it. Every moment is different when you’re filming it. Just being in that space — you’re not intellectualizing anything. It’s very much from your body.

“But it’s always odd to talk about acting.”

One of the things DeHaan and Maslany have in common is that both have been actors since childhood. DeHaan says he began by playing superheroes in his backyard in Allentown, Pennsylvania, where he grew up. “I was in community theatre and things like that when I was a kid,” he says. “I’ve only been doing it professionally since I got out of college, so, like, eight years or something.” DeHaan graduated from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, making his film debut in 2010 in John Sayles’ Amigo and winning notice in the HBO series, In Treatment. His many films include Lawless, Kill Your Darlings, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Life and he stars in the upcoming films A Cure for Wellness, Tulip Fever and Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (which co-stars Cara Delevingne and is directed by Luc Besson).

“I always wanted to act,” he says. “I just didn’t do it professionally until I had to, I guess.”

Maslany started acting at age nine in community theatre. In high school, the Regina native was both appearing in school productions and taking small film and TV jobs; she has several TV series on her resume, such as 2030 CE, Instant Star, Heartland and Being Erica, and has appeared in the films Eastern Promises, Violet & Daisy, The Vow and Woman in Gold, among many others.

About three years ago Maslany starred in the movies Picture Day and Cas and Dylan to critical acclaim, just around the same time that TV’s Orphan Black gave her an international audience.

The Emmy she just won for playing multiple characters on that show has added to a level of celebrity Maslany is still figuring out.

“Nothing of this other side of things ever occurred to me,” she says. “It’s odd, because it’s only with Orphan Black that any of that has come into play.”

Spoken like a Canadian 20-year vet of the profession …

“My work is totally opposite to this other beast, this machine, which you kind of have to be good at, and know how to navigate. And it has nothing to do with what I do,” she says cheerfully.

“It’s a weird byproduct that really doesn’t compute.”
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Press: Tatiana Maslany talks filming Two Lovers and a Bear in Nunavut

Just before Tatiana Maslany flew to Los Angeles to accept an Emmy Award for outstanding lead actress in a drama series for Orphan Black I asked her what she’s been doing lately.

“I filmed the movie Stronger and since then I’ve been chillin’ hard,” she laughed.

The Regina-born actress may have taken some downtime over the summer, but that’s likely the last time off she’ll see for the foreseeable future. Right now she defines the term ‘in demand,’ enjoying the kind of popularity usually reserved for the very top of the A-list. Her Emmy win lit the internet on fire, earning millions of mentions that made her the most talked-about person on Facebook and Twitter that night. Currently she is shooting the last season of Orphan Black and has three movies set for release, including Stronger opposite Jake Gyllenhaal and next weekend’s Two Lovers and a Bear.

The Nunavut-shot film focuses on star-crossed lovers Lucy and Roman, played by Dane DeHaan and a talking bear. Veteran actor Gordon Pinsent lent his kindly voice to the polar bear, but Maslany says she was scared of Agee, the full-size adult female who played the carnivorous title character.

“She can smell women and doesn’t like them,” Maslany said of the bear who stands over seven feet when on her hind legs.

Maslany doesn’t want to discuss the movie’s twists and turns. Instead she’d like audiences to enjoy the story the way she did when she was offered the part of Lucy.

“I didn’t know what to expect at any moment when I read the script. It would flip from this very heavy romance to comedy and it sort of feels like sci-fi or a thriller at the end.”

Maslany will say her character has “a restlessness to her spirit and a need to find some stillness and peace and a desperate love of Roman. She can’t live without him and can’t be with him.”

Filmed over the course of six weeks on locations in Nunavut, the shoot for Two Lovers and a Bear was often unforgiving. “Our stills photographer lost chunks of his nose (due to the cold),” she says, but adds that shooting in the isolated location was invaluable to her performance.

“Just as having a real polar bear there,” she says, “being in the actual environment is so much easier and telling and informing in terms of character and how you move through the world. You understand more about why Roman and Lucy are the way they are by being there and living in that kind of environment. You see how two people could need each other so desperately and be the only thing the other has.”

“There are such vibrant youth there. It was really cool to be part of the community. I got to meet and be part of it and see their artwork. At the same time there are a lot of issues up there in terms of things from years back and systemic things. It has this bizarre duality to it.”

“I loved it up there,” she says. “I would go back in a heartbeat.”
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Press: Fashion Magazine November 2016 Cover: Tatiana Maslany

This past September, Regina-born actress Tatiana Maslany got another chance to finesse her red carpet skills when she made the rounds to promote her dramatic film Two Lovers and a Bear at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Walking the red carpet should be second nature to the star of Orphan Black, yet she describes the experience as jarring and, in some cases, “downright f*cking scary.” “Let’s just say [doing awards shows] feels like being at a cool person’s party and being one of the nerds,” she says. “Seeing Jennifer Lawrence walk by on the [Golden Globes] carpet, I’m like, ‘She’s cool. She gets it. She knows how to do this.’ I think of it as just another performance, but I’m still trying to figure it out.”

It’s a surprising admission from someone who has tackled more than eight roles on Orphan Black—including a tough-as-nails CEO named Rachel, a soccer mom named Allison, a psychotic murderer named Helena and a transgender ex-con named Tony. Her herculean efforts on the popular Space network series earned her two Emmy nominations and favourable reviews. The Guardian complimented her for “Olympic-level endurance acting,” and ThoughtCatalog.com wrote that she was so good at fooling people that perhaps “for the first year of his presidency, Obama was played by Tatiana Maslany.”

To inhabit these characters, Maslany says she leans on wardrobe and styling to help her understand her many personas. “When I first saw myself dressed as Helena in the mirror—I had these red eyes and I was wearing a huge Twisted Sister wig—I knew immediately who she was,” says Maslany. “There’s something so ‘othered’ about her—so not part of conventional society. I needed to tap into what it’s like to feel that.”

For her latest role, however, she only had to focus on one character. In Two Lovers and a Bear, she plays a young woman named Lucy who lives in Apex, a remote town in Nunavut. Like her partner, she has a troubled and abusive past that she is struggling to escape.

To prepare for the part, Maslany read about survivors of sexual abuse who flourished in spite of their history. There’s one pivotal moment in the film when Lucy goes through a cathartic breakdown in an abandoned military base. In the wrong hands, the scene could have read as pure melodrama, yet Maslany’s performance is compellingly authentic. “I wasn’t worried about getting it right so much as understanding it,” she says.

Maslany brings the same nuanced approach to her performance in Stronger—a film about the Boston Marathon bombing of 2013. In the movie, which will be released next year, she plays Erin Hurley, a participant in the marathon and the girlfriend of Jeff Bauman, who lost his legs while waiting at the finish line. To understand what Hurley experienced, Maslany spent time getting to know her over Pilates classes and lunches. Although she didn’t run in the marathon with Hurley this year, Maslany did cheer her on as she crossed the finish line.

While filming the marathon scene, Maslany recalls being incredibly touched by the extras who were running with her. “Some of them told me, ‘The movie means so much to the city.’ I obviously internalized that…I’ve never been afraid to feel big things.”

Maslany—who proudly identifies as a feminist—is not afraid to rebel against the “normal” expectations of young actresses either. “[When I first went to L.A.], I was drawn into this thing where I thought that I should lose weight, curl my hair, tweeze my moustache, whiten my teeth and wear more makeup [to get more parts],” she says. “My pride stopped me from all that. I realized I’ve always loved that I don’t look like everyone I see on television. I also don’t want to play perfect people or a conventional-looking person.”

“I realized I’ve always loved that I don’t look like everyone I see on television. I also don’t want to play perfect people or a conventional-looking person.”

— Tatiana Maslany

This sense of defiance came at an early age. “As a girl, you’re seen as silly and weak,” she says. “I didn’t want to be associated with that.” But with time, Maslany has tempered her view. “I’ve recognized so much internalized misogyny in my life [through] what I’ve done…especially in terms of how I look at other girls and at myself, and the way [I used to] consider feminine qualities to be lesser than masculine ones.”

She also acknowledges that living in Canada has positively shaped her world view. “There’s something about our politics and our lack of extremism that has contributed to a gentler society,” she says. “This resonates with me. I feel like [Prime Minister Justin] Trudeau has done such great work in setting a tone for the country just by being who he is.” Maslany applauds Trudeau for not only his feminist sentiments but also speaking openly about mental illness in his family. “It’s this kind of vulnerability that makes him an amazing prime minister,” she says. “He can be vulnerable and a leader. Who’s doing that nowadays? Nobody. What he’s doing in terms of advocating for indigenous women who have gone missing [is also important]. He’s tackling things that have needed to be tackled for a long time.”

Another man who has positively influenced Maslany is her boyfriend, actor Tom Cullen (a.k.a. Lady Mary’s love interest on Downton Abbey). The pair met when the Welsh actor starred with Maslany in a miniseries called World Without End; they later co-starred in a film called The Other Half. “At the beginning, I was terrified at the prospect of working with him [on The Other Half]. I was just self-conscious,” she says. “When you’re opposite somebody who respects you as an artist, knows you deeply and wants to play with you…that’s all you can ask for. He’s someone whose bullshit meter is so high that you can’t lie to him.”

“When you’re opposite somebody who respects you as an artist, knows you deeply and wants to play with you…that’s all you can ask for.”

— Tatiana Maslany

There have also been several important women in her life who shared insights that she cherishes. Helen Mirren (with whom she starred in Woman in Gold) taught Maslany about “maintaining a quiet elegance and total confidence” with characters. Amy Poehler, with whom Maslany worked on Parks and Recreation, showed her how to be a powerhouse. “Since I was a kid, I’ve watched Amy on SNL,” she says. “She did the weirdest characters and was this tiny little thing that was so bold and brave and hilarious. She’s my hero [because of that and because] she fosters a community of young women. She’s the reason Broad City is around!” Maslany also had the opportunity to work alongside Quebec’s Suzanne Clément in The Other Half. “I’ve always felt that [Suzanne] has this huge lack of vanity, which can be rare for an actor,” she says. “She was on set every day with her full heart, open, going, ‘This is so fun! Oh, my God, I love working!’ It was like she’d never done it before. She has this beginner’s openness. It’s something I want to make sure I never lose either.”

With Maslany’s dramatic range and unabashed curiosity, it’s hard to fathom that this actor will lose herself to the superficial—or traditional—side of Hollywood. Instead, her chameleonic ways and her empathetic process could mark the beginning of a new rising force in film.
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