Article: Tatiana Maslany has career breakout with Orphan Black

The plum role Tatiana Maslany landed on the Canadian-American science fiction TV series Orphan Black has catapulted the Regina-born actress’s career to a new level.

Maslany plays a street-smart British orphan named Sarah Manning who realizes she has numerous identical versions of herself — subjects of a top-secret, illegal medical experiment — in the series shown on BBC America and on Space in Canada. She also plays her many clones – each a different character with unique patterns of speech and movement.

“It’s such a high concept show and the gimmick of it could go so wrong, but the writing is such that it holds it up. I feel like I’m so lucky to be bolstered by the incredible supporting cast on the show,” Maslany said in an interview with CBC’s Q cultural affairs show.

She says it’s been a huge personal challenge and an acting challenge to take on so many different characters. But her accomplishment in Orphan Black has caught the eyes of her peers and the critics, as well as fans who write to her from all over the world.

Maslany was the surprise winner of the trophy for best actress in a drama at the Critic’s Choice Awards earlier this month, beating out the likes of Claire Danes, Vera Farmiga, Julianna Margulies, Elisabeth Moss and Keri Russell. Maslany says she was shaking as she accepted the award.

“It was such a surreal moment. Just being in the room with these actors,” she said.

Maslany has starred in Canadian movies such as Grown Up Movie Star and Picture Day, current screening in cinemas and she’s had roles in TV series such as Heartland and Being Erica. But Orphan Black feels different, she said.

“Taking the job and stepping into this character and these characters, felt like a shift. Just getting that part felt like a change, because the character’s a lot more grown up than anyone I’ve been lucky enough to play in the past – I always get cast as a 12-year-old,” she told Q.

Maslany talks about her coming role in Jason Priestley-directed film Cas & Dylan, opposite Richard Dreyfuss and how growing up in Regina helped fire her imagination as an actress.

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Article: ‘Orphan Black’s’ Tatiana Maslany talks Emmy potential

Now that deadlines are over for the Primetime Emmy Award nomination ballots, all eyes are on Orphan Black and leading star Tatiana Maslany to see if they get nominated this year.

Members of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences had a deadline of June 28 to submit their ballots regarding the nomination for this year’s Primetime Emmy Awards, and with Orphan Black taking the country by storm, people are wondering if it’ll be nominated this year.

If nominated for best actress, Tatiana Maslany has the potential of being the first woman to win a best actress award for a sci-fi television show since 1997 when Gillian Anderson won for the X-Files.

If the show was nominated for best drama, Orphan Black could potentially be the first legitimate sci-fi show to ever win an Emmy in the category, not counting Lost‘s win from 2005 because it barely fits the sci-fi genre on television.

When asked about the possibilities of getting nominated for an Emmy on July 18, Tatiana Maslany was very hopeful.

“It would be so amazing if the show got nominated or we got out there; I think people would be really excited about that because so many incredible sci-fi-shows go under the radar and don’t get taken seriously in award season,” she says. “But I think sci-fi definitely belongs there because it tells sort of subversive stories about society without hitting you over the head. It puts very real stories into the context of a fantastical world, so there’s a sense of escapism but there’s also a sense of, ‘This isn’t far from our reality.’

Maslany basically hits the nail on the head when saying sci-fi shows go under the radar. Not once in forty years of broadcasting has the Academy chosen a sci-fi show to win the selection for best drama. There’s something seriously underrated about them that always keeps them from getting to the top of the award ceremony, but we hope that changes with Orphan Black.

We recently introduced you to Orphan Black as one of the best shows on television, and we weren’t joking. If any sci-fi show had the potential to break forty years of bad luck at the Emmys, it would be this one.

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Tatiana on the Q Radio Show

Tatiana was on the Q radio show this morning discussing her roles on the television show Orphan Black, winning best actress at the Critics’ Choice Television Awards, stepping into the international spotlight, Twitter, “animal work”, improv, and more. You can listen to the full interview here. Fast forward to 4:11 for the interview.

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