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Captivating Tatiana Maslany

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I’ve taken some time and added a bunch of missing photos to the gallery of Tatiana from various films in her career, many of which I had never seen before. I have also replaced many small photos with larger and better quality versions. Enjoy!

Continuing our “Countdown to Orphan Black” I’ve added over 900 HD Screencaptures of Tatiana from Two Lovers and a Bear. It was a lovely film. I do want to note that the film does contain nudity so please be aware of that before browsing those photos.

If you have ever lived in Iqaluit, you might want to want to catch Kim Nguyen’s latest feature film, Two Lovers and a Bear.

Like the audience that packed both theatres at the Astro Theatre in Iqaluit Oct. 28 for the film’s Nunavut première, you’ll likely get a kick out of seeing people and places you recognize.

One of the magic-realism film’s major backdrops is Nunavut’s capital, where Nguyen spent six weeks filming in 2015.

And if you haven’t lived in Iqaluit, the film’s Canadian-born and Emmy Award-winning star Tatiana Maslany offered all sorts of reasons to visit the place and see the film.

“It’s one of those places you never get used to how beautiful it is. When you land, one side of the plane is the most gorgeous sunset, and on the other side is a white out,” Maslany told Nunatsiaq News from the premiere’s reception Oct. 28 at the Hotel Arctic.

Two Lovers and a Bear, which had its world première at the Cannes Film Festival in May, is a story about two lovers haunted by their own troubled pasts.

The couple, desperate to escape their nameless northern community, are helped from time to time by a talking polar bear who offers insights and enjoys whisky.

Before the film screened at the Astro Theatre, Maslany tried to say a few words to the audience but was cut short when emotions got the better of her.

“I’ve been crying since I landed basically,” she explained at the reception.

“It was such an amazing experience to be here for those six weeks that we shot. It’s a part of Canada I didn’t know.”

But it’s a part that Maslany said she quickly connected with deeply because the place and people reminded her of her hometown, Regina.

“Something about my experience in Regina, there was an echo of it here. I felt at home, like I was around the people I would’ve been friends with growing up. I loved the community and the people I met.”

The film, even though it’s set in a fictional, nameless Arctic town, does not shy away from some of the most serious troubles that plague Iqaluit and Nunavut.

For example, Maslany’s character, Lucy, is chased by the ghost of her father, who sexually abused her as a child.

“I don’t think the film is seeking to tell the story of what it’s like to live [in Iqaluit]. The place is more of a setting that allows for themes of love and the deep need for connection, the past being ever present—things that we can’t just run away from,” Maslany said.

Although the two main characters are not Inuit, Maslany said there’s significance in using Iqaluit as the backdrop to the film.

“Even just the exposure of what it looks like up here. It’s not this mythical place, but there are people up here who party, go to the Legion, have a great time, watch A Tribe Called Red—it’s got a lot of similarities to what it’s like in the South.”

But the audience at the Iqaluit screening picked up on details and humour that audiences at the film’s other screenings simply missed, Maslany said.

“When we screened at Cannes, people were going, ‘Oh, what an interesting thing, I didn’t know that.’ Whereas here, you’ve lived it, you know these things. This was my favourite screening,” she said.
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‘You can kind of let the environment be a scene partner,’ says actor.

Tatiana Maslany, one of the stars of Two Lovers and a Bear, says her time shooting in Nunavut was an eye-opening experience, and she wants more Canadian filmmakers to work in the North and more Inuit to tell their stories.The film, directed by Kim Nguyen, is an offbeat romance about two lovers who find refuge in the Arctic from their pasts. Two Lovers and a Bear had its first Nunavut screening on Saturday at Iqaluit’s Astro theatre.

Maslany, a Regina-born actor who recently won an Emmy for her work on the TV series Orphan Black, spent six weeks in Iqaluit last spring during filming. Part of the movie was also shot in Timmins, Ont. Standing before a theatre full of the film’s Iqaluit cast and crew, Maslany got choked up. She said the connections she made with the people and the Arctic landscape have had a lasting effect on her.

“I think Nunavut is incredible,” said Maslany. “It’s so varied from what it is day to day. It’s magical. It’s another world entirely, the way the snow looks, the sky, the ocean — everything.” Maslany said it was a luxury to be able to work against the landscape in which the story is set. “You can kind of let the environment be a scene partner,” she said. Despite the cold, and grappling with equipment mishaps and breakdowns, Maslany said she had a lot of fun in the North.

“I felt there were less challenges for me than joys,” she said. She said she had a near disaster on a Ski-Doo when she forgot about the camera rig attached to her machine and ricocheted off the side of a snow drift, causing her co-star Dane DeHaan to get knocked off his Ski-Doo. In the end everyone got out unscathed and the crew gathered blooper reel gold.

Her time in Iqaluit filming Two Lovers and a Bear was Maslany’s first trip to Canada’s Arctic. She said before coming North she knew very little about this part of Canada.

“I was ashamed of how little I knew, how little I’ve been told and how little I investigated,” said Maslany.

“It ended up being one of my favourite places on the planet and I’ve travelled a lot.”
Now the actress wants to encourage other filmmakers to work in in the North.
“It’s important for film crews to come up here and work up here and tell these stories because it’s who we are,” she said.
She said telling stories set in the North is essential to embracing Canada’s true identity.

“We’ve created an identity for Canada that has nothing to do with the roots of Canada and our Indigenous people,” she said.
“I think that’s a big mistake. We’re putting out some other identity which isn’t who we are.”
Her advice to Nunavut filmmakers is: “just tell your story.”

“Embrace everything you know about where you grew up and the stories that you’ve been told and defend those. Because we really need voices from up here to reach out. We need to hear these stories.”
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There’s an Emmy for Orphan Black in her recent past and a movie with Jake Gyllenhaal (called Stronger) in her immediate future.

Right now, Tatiana Maslany stars with Dane DeHaan in the drama, Two Lovers and a Bear, opening in theatres Friday.

Both actors were at the Toronto International Film Festival to promote their movie, which is the new feature from Oscar-nominated director Kim Nguyen (War Witch). Maslany, 31, and DeHaan, 30, play fragile characters struggling to overcome various personal demons; the story is set in Nunavut, where the Arctic wilderness is a pristine setting for a volatile relationship.

The lovers take a trip together into uncharted — literally and figuratively — terrain, as they face an uncertain future, but discover the past isn’t quite ready to let them go. Two Lovers and a Bear is painfully real but touched with magic: it does involve a polar bear who speaks with Gordon Pinsent’s voice.

“It read to me like an adult fairy tale, says DeHaan. “Their relationship and what was happening all rang true, but then it had these fantastical elements as well. I trusted Kim to pull it off, because of War Witch, and the way he deals with the fantastical elements in that. I think that’s one of his strengths as a director.”

DeHaan says he first met Nguyen at TIFF a few years ago, when the actor was at the festival promoting The Place Beyond the Pines.

The two became fast friends and decided they wanted to work together.

“I’m just a fan of his. I really jumped at the opportunity to make this movie.”

This movie, mind you, is emotionally raw and was filmed in the wilds around Iqaluit.

It was tough to make. And even tougher to talk about, says Maslany.

“It’s odd, reflecting back on an experience that’s so, almost etherial, so in the moment,” she says.

“With a film like this, there’s so little intellectual research done. It’s like, living in that environment, with the people who live there, and daily life just starts to seep into you. And to talk about it afterwards is like a weird packaging of a really complicated experience … It’s one thing when you’re filming it. Every moment is different when you’re filming it. Just being in that space — you’re not intellectualizing anything. It’s very much from your body.

“But it’s always odd to talk about acting.”

One of the things DeHaan and Maslany have in common is that both have been actors since childhood. DeHaan says he began by playing superheroes in his backyard in Allentown, Pennsylvania, where he grew up. “I was in community theatre and things like that when I was a kid,” he says. “I’ve only been doing it professionally since I got out of college, so, like, eight years or something.” DeHaan graduated from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, making his film debut in 2010 in John Sayles’ Amigo and winning notice in the HBO series, In Treatment. His many films include Lawless, Kill Your Darlings, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Life and he stars in the upcoming films A Cure for Wellness, Tulip Fever and Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (which co-stars Cara Delevingne and is directed by Luc Besson).

“I always wanted to act,” he says. “I just didn’t do it professionally until I had to, I guess.”

Maslany started acting at age nine in community theatre. In high school, the Regina native was both appearing in school productions and taking small film and TV jobs; she has several TV series on her resume, such as 2030 CE, Instant Star, Heartland and Being Erica, and has appeared in the films Eastern Promises, Violet & Daisy, The Vow and Woman in Gold, among many others.

About three years ago Maslany starred in the movies Picture Day and Cas and Dylan to critical acclaim, just around the same time that TV’s Orphan Black gave her an international audience.

The Emmy she just won for playing multiple characters on that show has added to a level of celebrity Maslany is still figuring out.

“Nothing of this other side of things ever occurred to me,” she says. “It’s odd, because it’s only with Orphan Black that any of that has come into play.”

Spoken like a Canadian 20-year vet of the profession …

“My work is totally opposite to this other beast, this machine, which you kind of have to be good at, and know how to navigate. And it has nothing to do with what I do,” she says cheerfully.

“It’s a weird byproduct that really doesn’t compute.”
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Just before Tatiana Maslany flew to Los Angeles to accept an Emmy Award for outstanding lead actress in a drama series for Orphan Black I asked her what she’s been doing lately.

“I filmed the movie Stronger and since then I’ve been chillin’ hard,” she laughed.

The Regina-born actress may have taken some downtime over the summer, but that’s likely the last time off she’ll see for the foreseeable future. Right now she defines the term ‘in demand,’ enjoying the kind of popularity usually reserved for the very top of the A-list. Her Emmy win lit the internet on fire, earning millions of mentions that made her the most talked-about person on Facebook and Twitter that night. Currently she is shooting the last season of Orphan Black and has three movies set for release, including Stronger opposite Jake Gyllenhaal and next weekend’s Two Lovers and a Bear.

The Nunavut-shot film focuses on star-crossed lovers Lucy and Roman, played by Dane DeHaan and a talking bear. Veteran actor Gordon Pinsent lent his kindly voice to the polar bear, but Maslany says she was scared of Agee, the full-size adult female who played the carnivorous title character.

“She can smell women and doesn’t like them,” Maslany said of the bear who stands over seven feet when on her hind legs.

Maslany doesn’t want to discuss the movie’s twists and turns. Instead she’d like audiences to enjoy the story the way she did when she was offered the part of Lucy.

“I didn’t know what to expect at any moment when I read the script. It would flip from this very heavy romance to comedy and it sort of feels like sci-fi or a thriller at the end.”

Maslany will say her character has “a restlessness to her spirit and a need to find some stillness and peace and a desperate love of Roman. She can’t live without him and can’t be with him.”

Filmed over the course of six weeks on locations in Nunavut, the shoot for Two Lovers and a Bear was often unforgiving. “Our stills photographer lost chunks of his nose (due to the cold),” she says, but adds that shooting in the isolated location was invaluable to her performance.

“Just as having a real polar bear there,” she says, “being in the actual environment is so much easier and telling and informing in terms of character and how you move through the world. You understand more about why Roman and Lucy are the way they are by being there and living in that kind of environment. You see how two people could need each other so desperately and be the only thing the other has.”

“There are such vibrant youth there. It was really cool to be part of the community. I got to meet and be part of it and see their artwork. At the same time there are a lot of issues up there in terms of things from years back and systemic things. It has this bizarre duality to it.”

“I loved it up there,” she says. “I would go back in a heartbeat.”
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Actress Tatiana Maslany, the Canadian star of the acclaimed TV series Orphan Black, says she fell in love with her boyfriend once again while they played a troubled couple in a new film The Other Half, which is playing at the Vancouver International Film Festival.

“We got to fall in love again. We got to meet each other for the first time,” Ms. Maslany told a festival forum Saturday, referring to her relationship with actor Tom Cullen, slyly adding, “It was like very kinky role play.”

It was a candid, personal insight, but one that spoke to her work as an actress – one among many in a wide-ranging, on-stage interview with the star of the made-in-Toronto Orphan Black. Ms. Maslany has long been saluted for playing multiple clones, variations on a single person, on the show, but is in the spotlight for having recently beat out stars from such series as House of Cards, Homeland and The Americans to win an Emmy for best lead actress. “It was nice for Canada,” she said Saturday.

Ms. Maslany brought rare star quality to VIFF, a festival that has generally disdained the celebrity dazzle of its higher-profile Canadian counterpart, the Toronto International Film Festival. But much of Ms. Maslany’s weekend forum, in which she was interviewed by Hollywood Reporter TV critic Tim Goodman, was focused on how she works as an actress.

In The Other Half, Ms. Maslany plays a bipolar woman in a relationship with a man, played by Mr. Cullen, struggling with grief associated with a family tragedy. The pair were executive producers of the film, which has been in the works for five years, and was shot in Toronto over about 15 days.

When writer-director Joey Klein heard Ms. Maslany and Mr. Cullen, a Welsh-born actor who has appeared in such dramas as Downton Abbey and the British TV series The Five, were a couple, he tailored the script to them. “Obviously there are parts of us in there, enormous aspects of our love,” Ms. Maslany, 31, said.

With Ms. Klein, Mr. Cullen and others in the production, Ms. Maslany said it was a supportive artistic environment that allowed her to go into an artistic “deep end” although the pair knew her actorly tricks so she had to abandon them. “There was a real safety net there,” she said. “It didn’t seem like an unsafe place to be messy and explore.”

Production is about to begin on a fifth and final season of Orphan Black, which airs on Space and BBC America, and has vaulted Ms. Maslany from a journeyman actress in varied Canadian productions to something approaching stardom. She said she is happy Orphan Black is coming to an intended end and that the rug has not been pulled out from under its creators and cast by cancellation. “Hopefully we get some answers to things, because I have a lot of questions,” she said.

On Saturday, the cinema seemed packed with her fans, sometimes dubbed members of a so-called Clone Club.

One woman, preparing to ask Ms. Maslany a question during the Q&A session, said she watches every Orphan Black episode with a group of 20 people. “You’re kind of on a goddess level to us,” she said, nervously. One man tossed an item – apparently a memory stick – to Ms. Maslany, saying it was a script he hoped she would read. “Thank you,” she said as she caught it, and said, “That’s how things happen.” Another woman nervously said, “Thank you for being so awesome.” After the formal end of the presentation, Ms. Maslany waded into the crowd.

Ms. Maslany took the adulation in stride, respectful and affectionate with the fans, crediting their support for sustaining the visibility of Orphan Black.

As for the future, she said she is looking for challenging projects. She said she has turned down the opportunity to play multiple characters in other projects. She is interested in more comedy, explaining, “Comedy is my biggest enjoyment in life, to watch.”

She appears in another Canadian film Two Lovers and a Bear. She is also the female lead, opposite Jake Gyllenhaal, in the coming U.S. film Stronger, in which Mr. Gyllenhaal plays a survivor of the Boston Marathon bombing.

One aspiring screenwriter asked Ms. Maslany about the “thing” in scripts, especially in the lower-budget films she is interested in, that piques her interest.

She said she is intrigued by characters who are not the noble, lovely version of themselves.

“I am interested in the things we’re embarrassed to reveal,” she added. And she said she likes to consider the challenge of evoking characters without dialogue. “If I was looking at a scene from a distance, could I understand this dynamic in my guts without hearing clever dialogue?”

She said she is looking for opportunities that terrify her. “I really thrive off something I am not sure I can do,” she said. “I have a lot of fear when I go to work, but why else am I doing it? If I feel like it’s comfortable or that it’s easy I don’t care. I like being thrown into a situation that I am like, ‘I don’t know how I am going to do this.’”
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Thanks to my friend Kayla we have a couple new outtakes to Tatiana’s photo session she did a few months ago for Cannes while promoting Two Lovers and a Bear. Enjoy! More photo updates this weekend.

2016: Photo Session #005

I’ve collected a bunch of videos of Tatiana from TIFF. Check them out below as well as screencaps!

2016: ET Canada || Watch Video
2016: E Talk Canada
2016: TIFF Interview #1
2016: TIFF Interview #2