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For this season finale episode of A Talk of the Clones, Kristian Bruun insisted on interviewing one of Orphan Black’s hardworking PAs. We overruled him and brought in Tatiana Maslany instead. You may know Maslany from her cameo roles this season as Sarah, Cosima, Alison, Rachel, Helena, Krystal, Beth, and MK. Or as the person who gets coffee for everyone on set. Bruun asks the actor/production assistant about her career highlights and which foreign accent gives her nightmares. Bonus: you’re about to learn more than you ever wanted to know about what the effects department has to do when the wardrobe department fails.

– Space confirms 10 additional one-hour episodes of ORPHAN BLACK Season 5 to premiere in 2017 –
– Temple Street, a division of Boat Rocker Media, produces ORPHAN BLACK in partnership with Space and BBC America –
– Season 4 finale airs tonight at 10 p.m. ET on Space, followed by an all-new episode of AFTER THE BLACK

TORONTO (June 16, 2016) – Space announced today the renewal of the fifth and final season of critically-acclaimed original series, ORPHAN BLACK. The clone conspiracy thriller sees the return of the award-winning Canadian actress Tatiana Maslany in her multiple versatile roles as the clone sisters. An additional 10, one-hour episodes are set to air in 2017 on Space. The Season 4 finale of the Peabody-winning series airs tonight at 10 p.m. ET on Space, followed by the finale of fan-favourite insider series, AFTER THE BLACK. The first three seasons of ORPHAN BLACK are streaming now on CraveTVTM.

“The fourth season took viewers down a rabbit hole deeper into the heart of the conspiracy and explored what viewers were yearning to see – Beth’s back story. After the roller coaster ride of Season 4, we were left on the edge of our seats,” said Corrie Coe, Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. “Season 5 promises to take us into uncharted territories, where the stakes are higher than ever. Knowing the prowess of the ORPHAN BLACK creative team, I’d say, fasten your seatbelts.”

“ORPHAN BLACK has transcended the landscape of Canadian television, and it has been an honour for the Bell Media family to bring this revolutionary series to our fervent and devoted audience,” said Tracey Pearce, Senior Vice-President, Specialty and Pay, Bell Media. “We look forward to taking fans on one final journey with our clone ‘sestras’ alongside the genius team of writers, the entire cast and crew including the awe-inspiring Tatiana Maslany, and our production partners Temple Street and BBC America.”

“We are excited to deliver an epic conclusion to the tale of Sarah and her clone sisters,” said co-creators John Fawcett and Graeme Manson. “The past four seasons have been a phenomenal adventure and we are eternally grateful to our loyal fans who have loved the twists and thrills of our weird little show. We are thankful to our partners at Temple Street, Space and BBC America for their support, and giving us the opportunity to end on a high.”

“When we embarked upon this journey with John and Graeme, we knew we had something special on our hands, but didn’t imagine how deeply it would resonate with audiences, and the worldwide acclaim it would receive,” said David Fortier and Ivan Schneeberg, Executive Producers of ORPHAN BLACK and Co-Presidents of Boat Rocker Studios. “We are truly in awe of Tatiana who each season pulls off the impossible, and brings each clone’s unique personalities to life in an extraordinarily captivating way. We are so proud of the cast and crew, who will be on this final ride with us as we draw the ORPHAN BLACK story to a close, and are extremely thankful to our partners at Space and BBC America for their continued support, as well as the legions of fans who have made these five seasons possible.”

In the Season 4 finale of ORPHAN BLACK “From Dancing Mice to Psychopaths” (June 16 at 10 p.m. ET), when communication with Cosima is cut off and Neolution appears to be within striking distance, Sarah’s alliance with Rachel goes out the window. Sarah lures a high-level Neolutionist into a trap, and sets out to bring down Neolution once and for all. For new episode images, click here.

After a hair-raising season of emotional flashbacks (Beth’s back-story), shocking reveals (Delphine is alive) and of course, new, game-changing clones, (M.K., Ira), Space’s original insider series AFTER THE BLACK provides closure for Season 4 of ORPHAN BLACK tonight, Thursday, June 16 at 11 p.m. ET, following the season finale of ORPHAN BLACK. In this star-studded episode, hosts Ajay Fry and Morgan Hoffman sit with the inimitable Tatiana Maslany, Kevin Hanchard, and Kristian Bruun, for their take on the season’s shocking reveals, memorable moments, and behind-the-scenes secrets.

Most actors play just one character at a time, but Tatiana Maslany has played nearly a dozen roles on the BBC America show “Orphan Black.”

“There’s a lot of ‘How do you keep it straight in your mind? How do you differentiate these people? How do you become different people?'” Maslany, 30, told Peter Travers on ABC News’ “Popcorn With Peter Travers.”

The show follows clones who discover one another and search for their identity and for their origins. Maslany, who has played an array of clones, including a Ukrainian assassin, a suburban housewife, a drug-using cop and a transgender man, credits a team of people for helping her portray each character.

“The hair and makeup team are incredibly creatively collaborative with me. And we’ve created these characters together, you know, along with the writers and showrunners, but also I have a dialect coach who helps me get into the voices,” Maslany said. “And then I have my acting double, who plays all the clones opposite me when I do. Her name’s Kathryn Alexandre, and she’s an amazing actor and does the most selfless, generous job on the planet, because she’s never seen.”

Though undertaking the complicated gig was initially daunting for her, Maslany said it’s fun getting to play so many characters.

“I think, for me, it’s the most natural thing an actor can do, is transform like this. I think that’s we’re born to do,” she said. “At least the people I admire and the people I work with, we are thrilled to get to transform, and we’re excited by that challenge.”

Maslany, from Regina, Saskatchewan, also has her improvisation background to thank. Before she moved to Toronto to pursue an acting career, she worked in theater and television as a child. Improvisation helps her on “Orphan Black,” she said, “in terms of character relationship and just story of in-the-moment building of a character … We’re really lucky. We really just are allowed to play [but] always within the scene.”

She said that when she’s not working on the show, she eagerly jumps into new roles.

“I definitely have to, like, shed the characters and the kinetic sort of nature of the show after I wrap,” she said. “But the last two seasons, I went straight to a film right after, so I kind of dove into another world.”

“That’s a nice reset to be thrown into something different,” she added.

Maslany recently starred in the film “The Other Half,” in which she plays a woman with bipolar disorder opposite her real-life boyfriend, Tom Cullen, who played Lord Anthony Gillingham on “Downton Abbey.”

“That’s the story of two very kind of damaged people who come together because they see something in each other that is resonant and they kind of can see themselves inside each other,” she said.

She added that Cullen is “a really interesting actor. He can kind of play so many different notes and so many different characters.”

He has also her advice and support for “Orphan Black,” Maslany said. “First season, I was in such a terrified panic. We’d have, like, three-hour phone calls where I’d just be like, ‘I don’t know what I’m doing. Help me’ — you know, with the accent, with this, with that … It’s great to have someone like that to collaborate with.”

And though she’s been nominated for a best actress Emmy for the show, she said she doesn’t think she’ll ever be content with her performance in any role.

“The first episode of season one … I’d been dreaming of this script for so long, and I pictured that opening sequence over and over in my head, then I got the part and got to stand on that train platform and do the scene, and it was, like, freezing cold, and I was looking at Kathryn, and there was something about being in someone else’s shoes, like, mind-blowing,” she said.

“I don’t know that I’m satisfied with any part I’ve ever done, but there was a real satisfaction in just being there in that image that I’d dreamed about for so long.”


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I’ve added missing screencaps and stills from Orphan Black and a new addition to one of Tatiana’s recent photo sessions. Enjoy.

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I’ve added several gorgeous new HQ outtakes of Tatiana from Cannes Film Festival where she was promoting Two Lovers and a Bear. Big thanks to my awesome friend AliKat for donating these to us. They are a MUST see!

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I’ve added screencaps of Tatiana’s appearance last night on Seth Meyers and from this past week’s episode of Orphan Black and stills for next week’s episode. I’ve also added a new photo session she did for AOL Build. Enjoy.

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I’ve added a bunch of photos of Tatiana from her appearance on AOL Build. Huge thanks to my good friend AliKat for most of these lovely images I am sharing with you guys today. She’s awesome and you should visit her lovely fansite for Jordan Gavaris (Felix on Orphan Black). Also, remember, Tatiana will be on TV tonight on Seth Meyers late night show!

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“Orphan Black” might first call to mind the incredible blend of special effects and finely honed acting that allow Tatiana Maslany to play over a half-dozen “sestras” — identical yet very different clones caught up in a massive conspiracy that threatens their very survival.

But Maslany also credits the unpredicable art of improv, which she’s been doing since she was in elementary school, for her Emmy-nominated performance(s). “You learn how to trust each other and learn to take cues from each other and develop a story in the moment. It’s very addictive,” she told IndieWire.

Maslany said she’s inspired by improvisers like Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele — “I think they’re both incredible actors. Not only are they hilarious, but just their characters are so believable” — as well as the cast of “Transparent.”

“That show would, I guess, be deemed a comedy,” she said. “But there are some absolutely heart-wrenching scenes. I cried so much watching the second season of ‘Transparent,’ I just thought it was a masterpiece and it sort of treads that amazing line of comedy and drama at the same time, so that we always believe it.”

In order to capture that same energy, Maslany, her acting double Kathryn Alexandre and showrunners John Fawcett and Graeme Mason have found ways to incorporate improv into BBC America’s complex sci-fi drama. Maslany shared some of those secrets with IndieWire.

At this point in your process, when you get asked to play a different clone, how do you go about creating that character?
It’s kind of the same as any process, in terms of how I approach other projects. In terms of breaking down the character and discovering where they’re from and how that contributes to who they are — it’s no different from how I prep any other character. It’s just, oftentimes, with limited time, because it’s often midway through a season that we decide to have a new clone, and it’s a little bit more frantic than I would like.

But it’s always a very creative process, collaborating with the showrunners and Kathryn Alexandre, who plays my clone double. She’s always heavily involved in the creation process. There’s lots of improv, lots of rehearsals, lots of discussions of voice and mannerisms and physicality and all that.

Has it gotten more collaborative over the years?
The more comfortable I’ve gotten with approaching John and Graeme with questions or ideas or thoughts, yeah — it has definitely become more collaborative. But they’ve always had that openness. in terms of wanting to hear from me.

You mentioned improv — in prepping for this interview, I saw that you have years of improvisational experience.
There’s an awesome organization in Canada called the Canadian Improv Games. It’s a high school tournament, it takes place in every province of Canada and kids in high school compete for the chance to go to Ottawa and perform at the national tournament. It was something I did when I was in high school, something that was one of the biggest joys of my high school experience and definitely something I stuck with afterwards.

What initially drew you to improv?
I started doing it when I was a kid in elementary school. I just always liked creating and playing and imagination. It was the rush of getting to create in the moment and make people laugh and tell stories. You learn how to trust each other and learn to take cues from each other and develop a story in the moment. It’s very addictive.

It sounds like great acting training, when you describe it that way.
Yeah! Absolutely. I think that’s the most important lesson to learn from improv, from going out on stage with no plan and sort of in front of people creating something. It’s quite a scary concept for some people, but yeah, you learn so much doing it.

Going back a little bit, you were saying that’s actually part of the process in terms of when you guys sit down to actually start working on the show.
Yeah. With M.K. and Beth this season [one new clone and one clone who hadn’t been seen that often since Season 1], Kathryn Alexandre, John Fawcett, Graeme Mason and I got into a room and sat down with some of the scenes that were written for Beth and M.K. and we just sort of reworked them. They allowed us — me and Kathryn — to improvise different things and play through things and try different options out to sort of discover the voices of these characters. Because when you do create all these characters on one show, you want to find unique voices, unique ways to show what their drive is. And improv allows for that kind of unconscious stuff to come up. You can find the voice of a character a little, if you let it go free a bit.

How much of that ended up in the scripts?
Quite a bit. I don’t even remember what was improv and what wasn’t in what ended up on the page. But it was really helpful in carving out these people.

Is this a regular part of the process?
It’s part of the process. We never really have that much time to do that sort of stuff, but like, with Alison and Donnie, Kristian Bruun and I improvise constantly with those characters during the shooting. Jordan Gavaris and I improvise a lot as well. On set, it definitely is a part of our process. Trying to just play around.

So it’s a luxury when you get to be able to actually do clone improv?
Oh, yeah, for sure. Clone improv is tough because it’s often quite a rigid process. In a clone scene, you have to stick to the same thing. But in the dinner scene in Season 3, there’s some improv at the end of that scene that somehow made it in [laughs]. The improv between Donnie, Alison, Helena and Felix. And we somehow made it work. I don’t know how exactly, but yeah, it’s pretty wild to see that. It’s really fun to see.

Improv is of course associated with comedy, but the show always has this nice line of being between both genres from time to time. Is improv something that you apply to the dramatic stuff as well?
Yeah, I don’t think it’s exclusive to comedy. I think that a lot of the improv I did when I was growing up would also move into the dramatic. The company that I was part of, they all were actors. And so, it was, like you said, such a great learning experience in terms of acting and honing our skills. And that was dramatic and comedic. There was no rule that it had to be laugh out loud constantly. There’s lots of space on set to do that, which is really nice.

Were there any situations where you’d start a scene thinking it was going to take a comedic turn, and then you ended up actually really hitting a hard, heartfelt moment?
I think you always try to stay open to stuff like that and not sort of go, “Okay, this is a comedy scene so it has to be one thing.” Any of the comedians that I adore play that fine line of both drama and comedy. As long as they’re fully committed, then it could be a funny moment, it could be a dramatic moment. You sort of just stay open to that possibility. That’s when it’s really fun.

“Orphan Black” Season 4 can now be seen Thursdays at 10pm on BBC America.

Jesse Eisenberg, Tatiana Maslany and Morgan Freeman are among the guests scheduled for upcoming “Late Night With Seth Meyers” episodes.

NBC has revealed the lineups for the June 6 and June 7 editions of “Late Night With Seth Meyers.” The former episode, which will mark the episode’s return from its week-long hiatus, will feature Jesse Eisenberg, Tatiana Maslany, and Chuck Klosterman.

The following night’s “LNSM” will welcome Morgan Freeman, Rob Kazinsky and musical guest Jake Bugg. Jon Theodore will sit in with The 8G Band on both episodes.

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