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ET Canada interviewed Tatiana at Cannes. Tatiana Maslany talks about her electric underwear and keeping warm in her Cannes debut, “Two Lovers And A Bear“. She also talks about her upcoming film “Stronger.”

Le Huffington Post Québec interviewed Tatiana at Cannes and talked about her Cannes debut of “Two Lovers And A Bear” and working with a polar bear. She speaks about her experiences walking the red carpet among other things. Thanks to my Tatiana loving pal Angela for this one.

Here’s another segment from ET Canada:

This is not an interview with Tatiana but rather the creators. She is seen throughout the video attending events promoting the film. So I thought I would share it anyhow.


Actors Tatiana Maslany and Dane DeHaan join ‘Two Lovers and a Bear’ director Kim Nguyen to discuss their new film.

As I posted earlier, Tatiana is at Cannes promoting Two Lovers And A Bear. I have added new stills and a new poster for the film. Check them out in the gallery.

Two Lovers And A Bear: Stills
Two Lovers And A Bear: Posters

I’ve added the first batch of photos of Tatiana at the Cannes Film Festival promoting Two Lovers And A Bear. I hope to add more soon. If you are at the event and see her and would like to share your photo(s) with us, be sure to tweet us.

2016: May 17 – Cannes Film Festival: Day 7

Check back as I am still getting the gallery up to date. I have new photos to add.

Tatiana Maslany plays some of the most interesting women on television—and all of them are on the same show. In Orphan Black, the Emmy-nominated Canadian drama that recently returned for its fourth season, Maslany stars as a woman named Sarah Manning who discovers that she’s part of a nefarious cloning experiment that left her with an unknown number of identical sisters scattered across the globe.

Over the last several years of the show, this premise has allowed Maslany to step into the shoes of Ukrainian assassins, soccer moms, scientists, and CEOs. It’s a spectacular, many-headed hydra of a role, and one where a lesser actor might have faltered badly. Instead, it’s allowed Maslany to demonstrate her tremendous range as an actor and put something equally as rare on display: a show where the majority of characters are multi-dimensional women, and one that is deeply concerned with how we perceive women’s bodies, minds and humanity.

With the latest season of Orphan Black now airing on BBC America, Maslany talked to FREQ about inequality in Hollywood, “strong female characters,” and redefining the way we think about women’s stories.

FREQ: I know that you identify as a feminist, and I’m curious about how your relationship with feminism evolved. Was it a realization you had at a young age, or something you came to later in life?

TM: I think the first book I read about it was Yes Means Yes, and it’s about rape culture and this idea of enthusiastic consent, saying “yes” versus an absence of “no.” It was so mind-blowing to me because I knew I felt certain things about the way the world was, but I’d never heard them articulated like that. I just kind of became obsessed with reading about it and talking about it with friends. But it did come into my life later than some people. It wasn’t until I was in my mid-20s that I started to really feel my place in it and claim it as my own.

But [representation] is definitely been something I’ve noticed since I was a kid, in terms of not having women I related to on the screen. Even from a very young age, I didn’t understand why I didn’t see people like myself on screen, why I couldn’t connect with those characters. And definitely when I started doing Orphan Black, I became really aware of it and really cognizant of how lucky I was to be on a show that defied those norms. It’s definitely something I think about a lot.

FREQ: Do you think that the focus on female characters and experiences in Orphan Black has changed the way the show is received?

TM: I think it’s great that the fans have really grasped on to that concept, that they saw those undertones and really ran with them. I think it’s become [part of] the conversation in terms of feminism and what we’re saying about bodies and about women and about autonomy. Especially after the reaction to the first season, it became something that we were really conscious of going into the next season.

I think [women] are always kind of reduced to type and a body, and what’s exciting about the show is that it goes, yeah ok, we could look like this. We could look like anything, really. But what’s the truth of who we are? Our society is so aesthetically inclined, and we define ourselves so much by the exterior and what people think of that exterior and how that reflects who we really are. I’m always interested in switching up those expectations. There’s a character on our show who’s so manicured and [representative] of a certain kind of woman, and yet the first episode she’s in we really break her open and allow her to have this other life inside of her that’s so not what we see on the outside, and not what we expect. That’s really fun to play with and I really love that.

FREQ: The term “strong female character” gets thrown around a lot to praise female characters, but one of the things I love about so many of the characters on Orphan Black is how they have more levels than just stereotypical “strength.”

TM: I don’t even know where that [term] came from, but it’s just so limiting. It also feels like it looks to male imagery and male behavior to indicate strength. And it looks to infallibility to indicate strength. The strongest people I look up to are people who are incredibly flawed and human. They’re not necessarily doing cartwheels and kicking someone in the face. They’re struggling with life and their emotions and their relationships and their goals. I don’t even know what “strong female character” means anymore. It’s so overused. Look at [actor] Gena Rowlands in [the 1974 movie] A Woman Under the Influence. Her character could never in a generalized way be a “strong female character” but she’s a strong female character anyway because she’s a complete, complex human being, and she isn’t just reduced to power or bravery.

I’m really interested in a conversation about what spaces we can define for ourselves as women. We get so obsessed with occupying male-dominated spaces or storylines or narratives, but there are just so many other stories we haven’t told. What about all the other stories that we haven’t told yet about women? We haven’t even gone there in a big way yet.

FREQ: What do you think it would mean to create spaces that are more focused on women and more interested in women’s perspectives?

TM: I think definitely having more women involved in making these stories. On most sets that I’m on, 80 percent of the people are men… I would just love to see what it looks like if 80 percent of the people on set were women. I don’t even know what we would create differently or what would happen but I’d love to find out. There are these untapped areas. I don’t even know what they look like, but I know that they’re possible.

FREQ: There’s been a lot of discussion recently about demographics in Hollywood, about the gender pay gap, about the whiteness of the Oscars. Do you feel like there’s any sort of shift happening on the ground, that people are interested in changing things?

TM: I think things are changing. I hope they are. I see that change a lot more in television and film than I did in the past, and how social media has allowed for certain voices to be heard that wouldn’t normally have a platform. But then you look at the current political climate, and you also see this fear of that happening and this desire to revert to archaic, terrifying ways of looking at civil rights and the legal system. It feels like we’re pushing forward in a big way, but there are also a lot of people who are very afraid of that charge and are going in the extreme opposite direction. It’s really scary.

FREQ: You mentioned being interested in more stories about women. Obviously you have that now in Orphan Black, but is this something you want to focus on moving forward in your career as well?

TM: Absolutely. These stories are few and far between but when I see them I’m super excited by them. I’m also so excited to see other women get those parts and create those parts. I want it to become more of a default, to become more of the norm rather than a remarkable thing. That’s the weird thing about our show—it’s perceived as so amazing because it’s women-centric. But I can’t wait for the day when that’s not an amazing thing.

The full line-up for the fourth annual Chicago Critics Film Festival, May 20-26 at the Music Box Theatre, includes Sundance Film Festival titles, South by Southwest favorites and an array of new work deemed worthy by the sprawling local critics association.

Scheduled guests coming in with their movies include director Ti West (“In a Valley of Violence,” starring John Travolta and Ethan Hawke); director Chad Hartigan, of “This is Martin Bonner,” along with star Craig Robinson, represented by the comedy “Morris from America”; and “Love is Strange” writer-director Ira Sachs, accompanying his latest, “Little Men.”

These and other titles make their Chicago premieres. The complete list is below, provided by Erik Childress, festival producer and a Chicago Film Critics Association board member. Go here for passes and ticket information. The Music Box is at 3733 N. Southport Ave.

Titles announced last month:

“The Other Half.” Making his directorial debut, Joey Klein presents this drama about a young couple (Tom Cullen and Orphan Black’s Tatiana Maslany) who struggle to make their new relationship work in spite of the guilt that he feels over a personal loss and her bipolar issues. Henry Czerny and Suzanne Clement also appear in this drama that received raves following its debut at SXSW earlier this year.

Source / Full List

I’ve added stills from upcoming episode 406 of Orphan Black. Credit to these goes to Far Far Away Site.

So who is your favorite clone this season?! Helena is always my favorite but this season Krystal is so funny!

4×06 – The Scandal of Altruism: Stills

Hello everyone! I want to apologize for the lack of updates. I had a death in the family and was out of town. I have been playing catch up on my sites.

I’ve updated Tatiana’s career page with new links to Stronger official social media information. I’ve also updated the Orphan Black Episode Guide and Clone List with new information.

As for the gallery, I have added all the missing Orphan Black episode stills and screencaps as well as a new still for Stronger thanks to my friend Stephanie.

I will be working on site content and adding many missing old photos to the gallery throughout the summer. If you aren’t already be sure to follow us on Twitter and/or Facebook for updates at your fingertips.

Stronger: Stills
4×05 – Human Raw Material: Screencaps
4×05 – Human Raw Material: Stills
4×04 – From Instinct to Rational Control: ScreencapsThanks to AliKat
4×04 – From Instinct to Rational Control: Stills
4×03 – The Stigmata of Progress: Stillsrecent additions

The film’s ensemble of killers includes Taran Killam, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kumail Nanjiani and Randall Park.
This hit got called off.

Tatiana Maslany is not going to join Taran Killam’s hitmen comedy Why We’re Killing Gunther as the female lead after all. The Orphan Black star had been in talks to join the ensemble of killers that includes Killam, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bobby Moynihan, Cobie Smulders, Kumail Nanjiani and Randall Park. But she was unable to make the dates work out.

The story revolves around a group of eccentric international assassins who become fed up with Gunther, the world’s greatest hitman, who also happens to be an arrogant show-off, and decide to kill him. Their master plan, however, quickly turns into a series of embarrassing encounters, as Gunther always appears one step ahead of them.

Killam also wrote the script.

Kim Leadford, Ash Sarohia, Steve Squillante and Killam are producing, while StarStream Media is financing. A June production start date is being eyed.

MadRiver Pictures is introducing the project to international buyers at the Cannes market, with UTA representing North American rights.

Maslany is well poised to tackle the role of a hitman. Her Emmy-nominated turn on Orphan Black has her playing multiple cloned characters, several of the ass-kicking variety.

She is currently filming Boston Marathon bombing drama Stronger opposite Jake Gyllenhaal. Maslany is repped by ICM Partners.

May 10, 11:15 am Updated to reflect that Maslany’s deal has fallen apart.

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