Entertainment Weekly has two new covers featuring Tatiana coming to newsstands soon. Both issues are Comic-Con related. The first one is a special Comic-Con preview issue, which should be on newsstands this week and will be available for digital download on the 12th. The second is the actual Comic-Con issue, which is usually available at the con. I will add full scans of both as soon as possible.
I’ve mentioned this once before, but let me say it again, Bettys: If you haven’t been watching Orphan Black, you really, REALLY should. An original series from BBC America, Orphan Black stars Tatiana Maslany as Sarah Manning, a tough-as-nails woman from South London who, after witnessing her doppleganger’s suicide, attempts to step into her shoes—only to find that she’s one of a series of clones who are banding together to figure out where they come from and why they were made. Here’s the twist: Tatiana plays not only Sarah, but also all of her clones, from suburban soccer mom Alison to unhinged Ukrainian killer Helena. To call her a one-woman acting machine would be putting it mildly.
But how much do you know about this rising star? From whether or not her British accent is real to what she’s got in store for the future, here’s a crash course in everything you need to know about her. Read on for all the deets!
More details have been announced for the Orphan Black panel at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. The panel will be held on Friday July 19th at 7-8pm in Room 7AB. Joining Tatiana for the panel will be co-stars Jordan Gavaris and Dylan Bruce, as well as executive producers Graeme Manson and John Fawcett.
BBC America’s Orphan Black centers around a project of human cloning, forcing the star actress Tatiana Maslany to really bring her A-game every episode. The only question we really have for season 2 is, where will the next clone come from? Season 1 spoilers.
With season 1 freshly ended, it’s going to be a long while until we can feast our eyes and minds on some amazing Orphan Black goodness, but luckily for us there’s still the pre-production and production of season 2 to look forward to!
Not much information has been made publicly available about the second season, but we did learn a couple of things from Tatiana Maslany about a couple key clone elements in the show.
When asked about the death of Helena by Entertainment Weekly, Maslany says we can expect her to stay dead.
“I think that’s the best thing,” she states. “If you invest in a character and then they’re gone, that’s real life. That’s what happens. I think it raises the stakes for the series. You see these clones as fallible and human — even Helena who seems to defy humanity can die… We don’t know what’s going to happen to any of the clones now. They’re all up for grabs now.”
And we absolutely agree! Orphan Black doesn’t seem like the type of show to kill a character off only to have them come back through some mystical (or should we say scientific?) reasoning.
Even though we connected a bit with Helena, which in and of itself is a little concerning to us, we know, it only seemed natural that Sarah stopped the one force (that she knew of) that could seriously harm her daughter.
So naturally we’re wondering which clones will come into Sarah’s life next season, but even Maslany doesn’t know yet!
“I have no clue what kind of characters they’re going to create or what we’re going to explore.” She says, “I trust [the producers] implicitly and I’m just kinda like, ‘Whatever you guys want to throw at me, I’ll try to defend that character as much as I can and play with it and have fun.’ I’m really up for whatever’s coming.”
With the options still open for which parts of the world the clones can come from, we wanted to see what the fans were wanting for next season.
Let us know in the poll below where you want the next clone to be from! Do we want another American or Brit? What about one raised in some totally unexpected country like India or China? We’re excited to see what you think!
I suspected as much when they announced they were looking for fanart to show at Comic Con, but now we have official confirmation from TVLine.
The cast of BBC America’s Orphan Black — including Critics Choice Award champ Tatiana Maslany — will be making their way to San Diego to participate in their first-ever Comic-Con panel, TVLine has learned exclusively.
On Friday, July 19 at 7 pm, Maslany will invade Room 7AB alongside co-stars Jordan Gavaris and Dylan Bruce as well as Orphan Black co-creators Graeme Manson and John Fawcett for an hour-long discussion/Q&A about the thriller’s smash first season and (fingers crossed) an early preview of Season 2. (The show doesn’t resume production for a few months, but Manson and Fawcett will hopefully drop a few pieces of intel.)
Additionally, the quintet will be on hand for an autograph signing on Saturday, July 20 at 4:30 pm at the BBC America booth.
Was anyone lucky enough to get tickets to the Con?
The BBC America is asking for fans to send in their Orphan Black artwork to be shown on a “giant” screen at the San Diego Comic Con.
*We are not sure how big the screen is exactly, but it’s something like a billion feet long and a trillion feet tall. (Rough estimate.) It’s so big that we need fan art that is high resolution (or as high rez as possible) and preferably sized to 1920×1080. Translation: BIG, TOP-QUALITY ART for BIG, TOP-QUALITY COMIC CON SCREEN.
Send your artwork in here.
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.
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.
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.