Captivating Tatiana Maslanythe original and most comprehensive fansite for tatiana maslany

Captivating Tatiana Maslany

the original and most comprehensive fansite for tatiana maslany

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

Photo Session #065Recent Additions
4×09 – The Mitigation of Competition: Screencaps
4×09 – The Mitigation of Competition: StillsRecent Additions
4×10 – From Dancing Mice to Psychopaths: Stills
Orphan Black Feature: Inside 04×09: Screencaps – Thanks to AliKat

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!

Photo Session #064recent additions

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.

Photo Session #065
2016: June 06 – Late Night with Seth Meyers – Screencaps
2016: June 06 – Late Night with Seth Meyers – StillsEDIT: Added! Thanks to AliKat
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4×08 – The Redesign of Natural Objects: Screencaps

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!

2016: June 6 – AOL Build: Arrival
2016: June 6 – AOL Build
2016: June 6 – AOL Build: Interview Stills
2016: June 6 – AOL Build: Interview Screencaps

“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.
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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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I’ve added a new interview that surfaced of Tatiana and the cast of The Other Half at SXSW. You can watch it below. I’ve also added a bunch of Orphan Black featurettes thanks to my good friend AliKat for these.


2016: March 12 – SWSX Interview #2
Orphan Black Feature: Wondercon on Orphan Black
Orphan Black Feature: The Seestra Update
Orphan Black Feature: Inside 04×01
Orphan Black Feature: Inside 04×02
Orphan Black Feature: Inside 04×03
Orphan Black Feature: Inside 04×04
Orphan Black Feature: Inside 04×05
Orphan Black Feature: Inside 04×06

I’ve added new Orphan Black episode stills to the gallery as well as new additions to her photo session at Cannes. Big thanks to my friend AliKat for these lovely shots. Be sure to check out her fansite for Jordan Gavaris (Felix on Orphan Black).

4×07 – The Antisocialism of Sex: Stills
4×08 – The Redesign of Natural Objects: Stills
Photo Session #064

We all already know that Tatiana Maslany has some serious range, being that she’s played an array of clones on BBC America’s Orphan Black. But this year at Cannes she got to show off her intimate side, as well as some serious Canadian winter fortitude, in director Kim Nguyen’s Two Lovers and a Bear, which sees Maslany as a woman who sets off on a trek through the North Pole with her boyfriend (Dane DeHaan) to leave behind their small town and her mysterious past. We caught up with Maslany and talked about her snowy adventures, post–Orphan Black film plans, and working with Jake Gyllenhaal on 2017’s sure-to-be-devastating Boston Marathon bombing drama, Stronger.

At this point do you know there will be a season five of Orphan Black?
We don’t know yet. It’s looking hopeful but we’re not sure yet.

It’s insane you haven’t won an Emmy for your performance in the show. I read somewhere that someone called it Olympics-level acting. How do you stay in fighting shape?
I feel like it’s a natural thing for actors to do to want to play characters. People who do one-woman or one-man shows, or sketch comedians — lots of people are interested in stretching who they can be, changing their aesthetic, changing their internal mechanisms to tell a story differently. I think it’s a natural thing for actors.

Do you relate to one clone more than the other?
Sometimes, yeah. It kind of depends who I’m playing or what they’re going through, but I definitely like Sarah or Cosima as kind of my vibe. Sarah I’ve just kind of grown up with over the years. She’s always felt like the heartbeat to me. And Cosima has a similar energy to me. She’s interesting people. Alison, too. I don’t know. They’re all bits of me. I relate to all of them.

You’ve got such limited time with the show you must have to think strategically about what films you choose to do.
I wish I could have a strategy about it, but for me it’s about what turns me on. What makes me excited and scared, and also what’s challenging and different.

Like playing young Helen Mirren in Woman in Gold last year?
That was amazing. She’s such an incredible actor and to be a part of that story [Mirren plays an 80-something Jewish refugee who takes on the Austrian government to recover artworks that belonged to her family], and to speak German throughout the whole film, and to work with [director] Simon Curtis — all those things contributed to why I was kind of desperate to do that part.

Get any advice on how to be more like Helen Mirren?
She was just, like, “Make this character your own. Don’t worry about what I’m doing. You bring her to life, I’ll bring her to life. If we’re true to the script, people will understand that that’s the same woman.” So she was very much about giving me ownership of that character.

So what turned you on about Two Lovers and a Bear?

I read the script during shooting last season of Orphan Black, and it was so intriguing and poetic and beautiful, and dark and funny at the same time. It had this element of surrealism in it. And Kim Nguyen did this film, War Witch, that was just incredible. So well-observed. It just felt like I was getting to witness a slice of a person’s life. And then the possibility of working opposite Dane DeHaan. He’s one of the coolest actors. He’s so transformative and so compelling and magnetic.

What were the shooting conditions like? Because it’s supposed to take place in the North Pole.
Well, it shot in Nunavut, the northernmost province of Canada, which is, like, the Arctic. I was in electric long underwear.

I didn’t even know they made that.
Oh, yeah, baby. When you live in Canada, you’re very aware of electric long underwear.

Did you grow up under similar conditions?
I’m from Saskatchewan, which is a province in the middle of the country. Very unpopulated. There’s like a million people and it’s bigger than Britain. It’s huge, and it gets very cold. So I was kind of used to this sort of climate, but I wasn’t used to the landscape. The landscape is, like, lunar. It’s so beautiful. There are no trees and it’s mostly craters of ice everywhere. Just white, for as far as you can see. Silence. There’s very little light pollution, so you can see the northern lights. It’s very magical.

Did you have any moments of danger? Of getting too cold or almost falling into an ice crater?
Or getting eaten by a polar bear? Because we worked with a polar bear. There was an element of danger there!

Yeah, they seem so sweet, but they’re ferocious, right?
Their paws are like the size of your body! They will squish you. They will eat you alive. They’re very vicious. So, yeah, that was pretty cool and thrilling. And we snowmobiled to set every day. We’d drive to a certain point and then we’d have to Ski-Doo to get to the location, which was always over ice rocks and stuff like that. It was the coolest thing ever. And we got to build an igloo with everybody.

I don’t remember that from the film.
It’s not on film. It was just, like, for fun. [Laughs] It was just an outing. We got to witness throat-singing, which is this beautiful, Inuit singing style that happens in the throat. It’s like partner singing. It’s so amazing. Oh, and we ate arctic charred caribou.

That you caught yourselves?
We didn’t catch it ourselves [Laughs]. We had friends — lots of people opened their doors to us. We got to meet so many cool people. It’s just the journey of two people who are in love and have to escape, to go south, trying to get away from their past. It’s really simply told, and I think the landscape and the location and the love between these two characters is the main focus of the film.

How did you actually do any work with that polar bear?
Very carefully! There was an electric fence around her, that you can’t see in the movie, so she wouldn’t come at us. You just have to be careful, listen to the trainer, and make sure you weren’t, like, waving food in her face.

You also had another movie at a festival this year, The Other Half, which got great reviews out of SXSW. You were a bipolar woman who falls in love with a depressed man, played by Tom Cullen, right?
Yeah. It was directed by Joey Klein, a first-time feature director and one of my best friends. And Tom Cullen, an amazing actor. We’re all very close, and we’ve been attached to this project for like five years and finally got to make it. It was sort of a passion project for all of us. I’ve never had such a stake in a project before; I was a producer on it, too, so it was just so cool to go to SXSW and see it with an audience and talk to people afterwards.

It’s also a super-intimate two-hander, like Two Lovers and a Bear. Are really simple stories with tiny casts something you need to take a break from the complexity of Orphan Black?
I think it’s more a break from the kinetic nature of it. I’m doing a movie right now with Jake Gyllenhaal called Stronger, directed by David Gordon Green. Jake’s the lead. He plays Jeff Bauman, who was one of the people affected by the Boston Marathon bomber, and I play his girlfriend — now his wife, Erin — and I really love getting to work that intimately with another actor. I’ve been lucky to work with incredible scene partners and I’ve learned so much on these projects. Not having to switch between characters and carry the whole thing by myself can be really nice.

Has it been emotional filming in Boston?
Yeah, I mean it’s such recent history. And the marathon was happening when we were there recently, so it’s very sensitive. Obviously it’s a horrific thing that happened. But the cool thing about that city, and getting to know the people in that city, and going to, you know, a Red Sox game or a Bruins game, it’s just feeling the spirit of the city and how much they — this story is important to them. It means something to them and it’s really incredible the way that they’ve supported it. There’s a huge responsibility on us in telling this story and making sure that it’s defending what happened to these people.

Did you and Jake meet Jeff and Erin? A girlfriend role isn’t something I’d expect you to want to play.
Yeah, we’ve hung out quite a few times. We went to Red Sox things with them. She is such a strong woman. She really is a large part of why he’s able to survive this thing. She’s an incredibly powerful person and had to withstand a lot of difficulty to get to where they are. It’s very much an equal thing, the two of them. It’s not the girlfriend who’s just kind of there, being an accessory. She’s very much her own person.

So does Jake basically have to act without his legs?
Yeah, there are a lot of different rigs and things like that, and CG that will be put in later. His transformation’s amazing. He’s such a physical actor and he’s so committed to that character. He really understands commitment and integrity.

And then what about right now, once you’re done shooting Stronger?

Then I’m going to chill I think, for a little bit. Just hang with my friends in Toronto, because that’s my favorite thing in the world. A lot of them have babies, so I just want to, like, be covered in a pile of babies.
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