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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.

On May 26, Apart From Everything will screen at the Inside Out Festival in Toronto. You can get tickets here. If you are in the area, check it out!

One of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo’s best-known works is her 1939 double self-portrait ‘Las Dos Fridas’ (‘The Two Fridas’), which currently hangs in Mexico City’s Museo de Arte Moderno. According to Kahlo, the large-scale oil painting represents the imaginary friend she had as a child, but it’s also been suggested that it invokes her dual cultural heritage—European and Central American. The surgical instruments, veins, and blood allude to the many surgeries Kahlo had to undergo, tracing back to a painful bus accident she was involved in as a teenager.

‘The Two Fridas’ was inspired by a 19th century French work called ‘The Two Sisters’. Now, Kahlo’s work has provided fitting inspiration for a new piece, ‘The Two Ledas’, featuring sestras Sarah Manning and her unhinged blonde doppelganger, Helena.

Kahlo’s painting features her holding a portrait of her husband while the OB version sees Sarah holding her daughter’s stuffed toy. When Kahlo embarked on ‘The Two Fridas,’ she’d just divorced fellow artist Diego Rivera—does the item in Sarah’s hand mean she’s at risk of losing Kira, too?

The new image, says the team behind it, is designed to mark the fifth and final season of Orphan Black, celebrating “the central theme of sisterhood, and the intense bond between twin sisters.” But it’s not just genetics that ties Sarah to her sisters, there’s also the dark scientific secrets of a shadowy corporate entity that unite them—secrets that Clone Clubbers are waiting anxiously to see revealed as the series wraps up. And they will, when Season 5 premieres in less than a month.

Orphan Black returns to Space Saturday, June 10 at 10pm ET. Until then, you can chart the clone conspiracy by re-watching past episodes on CraveTV. Check out the iconic new image below, and to find out more about how it was created, tune into InnerSpace tonight at 6e 3p for the inside story.

I’m so pleased to announce that we have partnered up with Insight Editions to bring Orphan Black fans an awesome giveaway! We will be giving away 3 Orphan Black coloring books.

Check out the press release below followed by ways to enter for a chance to win one of these books!

Boat Rocker Brands and Insight Editions to release Orphan Black: The Official Coloring Book
June 6, 2017 – $15.99 – ISBN: 978-1683831006

For four seasons, Emmy Winner ® Tatiana Maslany has enthralled fans with her breakout performance playing eleven clones (and counting!) in the sci-fi thriller Orphan Black from Temple Street a division of Boat Rocker Studios.

Orphan Black premiered on Space and BBC AMERICA in April 2013. Sarah Manning is an outsider, orphan and street-wise chameleon with a murky past and a tenuous future. When she witnesses the suicide of a stranger who looks just like her, she assumes “Beth’s” identity, planning to solve all her problems with a quick score. Instead, she stumbles into a kaleidoscopic mystery. The truth is they are clones. There are more out there, genetic identicals, planted in unsuspecting birth parents and nurtured in wildly different circumstances.

Coinciding with the premiere of the fifth and final season which airs June 10th Insight Editions in partnership with Boat Rocker Brands will publish Orphan
Black: The Official Coloring Book, featuring exciting scenes and dynamic characters from the hit show.

This action-packed coloring book is chock-full of illustrations of the most iconic moments from the show, and introduces stylish interpretations of different Orphan Black characters using intricate designs and patterns. With this detailed coloring book, fans of Orphan Black can design and color their favorite clones any way they choose!

Orphan Black is executive produced by Ivan Schneeberg (Killjoys, X Company), David Fortier (Killjoys, X Company), Kerry Appleyard (X Company), Graeme
Manson (Cube, Flashpoint) and John Fawcett (Spartacus, Ginger Snaps). The series is co-created by Manson and Fawcett, with Manson also serving as writer
and Fawcett as director. Orphan Black is produced by Temple Street, a Division of Boat Rocker Studios, in association with Space and BBC AMERICA. BBC Worldwide distributes the series internationally.

Celebrated for its unwavering dedication to quality, Insight Editions is a publisher of innovative books and collectibles that push the boundaries of creativity, design, and production. Through its acclaimed film, television, and gaming program, Insight strives to produce unique books and products that provide new ways to engage with fan-favorite characters and stories. Under this program, Insight has published books covering the worlds of Star Wars, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Destiny, Assassin’s Creed, Halo, Diablo, World of Warcraft, and the Harry Potter films, among many others. Insight’s awardwinning art, photography, and sports titles celebrate the artistry and history of a wide-range of subjects that include the Rolling Stones, John Lennon, Kurt Cobain, Johnny Cash, the San Francisco Giants, and the Dallas Cowboys. Other divisions include a line of deluxe stationery products, as well as a children’s imprint, Insight Kids. For more information, visit

Boat Rocker Media is a global entertainment company that creates, produces and distributes premium media content for all platforms and develops brands and
IP for worldwide monetization. Under its banner are Boat Rocker Studios (which includes Temple Street, Jam Filled Entertainment and Radical Sheep), Boat
Rocker Rights, Boat Rocker Brands and Boat Rocker Ventures (which includes Industrial Brothers and The Outline). A selection of its projects include Orphan
Black (BBC AMERICA, Space), Killjoys (Syfy, Space), X Company (CBC), Being Erica (CBC, SOAPnet), The Next Step (Family Channel), Lost & Found Music
Studios (Family Channel, Netflix), Recipe to Riches (CBC, Food Network, Global), Canada’s Next Top Model (CTV), The Bagel and Becky Show (Teletoon
Canada), The Loud House (Nickelodeon) and Fangbone! (Family CHRGD, DISNEY XD US). For more information on Boat Rocker Media, please visit ( and connect via (Twitter) or (Facebook).

1. Giveaway is open to fans in the US and Canada only.
2. Fans can enter daily.
3. Three winners will be randomly chosen on June 11th.
4. Each winner will win a brand new Orphan Black coloring book.

Check out a few sample pages from the coloring book. There are many more in the actual coloring book. Print and color!

SPONTANEANATION WITH PAUL F. TOMPKINS is a completely improvised show, from monologue to interview to narrative sketch. Join Paul, his special guests, his incredibly talented improviser friends, and accompanist Eban Schletter for an hour of comedy that none of them ever see coming.

BBC America has released the full trailer for the final season of BBC America’s breakout original drama series Orphan Black ahead of the Season 5 premiere on June 10.

It all started on a train platform, and now it’s coming to an end. This season, the walls close in on Sarah when nearly all her sestras and their allies are brought to heel by Rachel. Even more harrowing is that her daughter Kira has joined them. With the threat of Neolution having carte blanche access to clone biology, Sarah is desperate to gain control, but realizes she must change tactics to pursue a long game. Protecting both her families, and the host of clones she’s yet to meet, Sarah and those still fighting the fight will uncover the missing pieces of the insidious conspiracy – and finally learn the story behind their origin. Despite the great risk, the fight of her life will either set her and her sestras free, or see them meet their end…

Emmy winner Tatiana Maslany stars as multiple clones, along with Ari Millen, Jordan Gavaris, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Skyler Wexler, Kevin Hanchard, Evelyne Brochu, Kristian Bruun and Josh Vokey.

Orphan Black is produced by Temple Street, a division of Boat Rocker Studios, in association with BBC America and Bell Media’s Space.
Check out the trailer below.

I’ve added over 1400 screencaps of Tatiana from her film The Other Half. The film is about a dark romance surrounding a woman with bi-polar disorder (Tatiana). She is remarkable in it. You can buy the DVD on Amazon or rent the film on iTunes.

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