Sorry for taking so long to update. There are a few exciting Orphan Black season two-related news items to catch up with, so expect more updates soon. In the meantime, I finally got my hands on the last discs of Heartland season 3 from my local library. Episode 3×12 screen captures are now in the gallery. Have a fantastic weekend.
Hello, everyone! Sorry for the late post. I have been so busy with school and real life, but I promise you that I have not abandoned the site. Tatiana looked stunning at the Golden Globe Awards on January 12. She unfortunately did not go home with an award, but I know we are all fans just the same! Congratulations on the nomination!
HQ pictures of Tatiana and Jordan Gavaris talking about Orphan Black at the Winter TCA Tour are in the gallery, courtesy of Far Far Away.
I have finally found the time to catch up on a few missing Orphan Black season 2 videos and images. The premiere airs April 19 and, like so many of you, I cannot wait! Check out some behind-the-scenes screen captures in the gallery, as well as interview and official images.
Last month Tatiana was interviewed on the set of Orphan Black season 2 for Space. Watch the video below.
Tatiana talks about Orphan Black and her recent nominations.
The next time you think you have a difficult audition, remember what Backstage’s Performer of the Year Tatiana Maslany went through to land the role(s) of a lifetime on BBC America’s hit series “Orphan Black.” Playing multiple clones from around the world—all of whom frequently interact with one another—Maslany went through what she describes as a “two-day mind fuck” before the job was hers.
“Doing four characters in front of the executives and the director and writer and showrunner was really a trip because you had to change right in front of them,” Maslany says. “And change just like that! It was just trying to go, ‘How does this inform me and how can I go yes to this ridiculous scenario and just play?’ ”
For his part, “Orphan Black” showrunner Graeme Manson remembers that Maslany arrived to her first audition on Rollerblades, tossing out a casual, “Hey guys.” But he agrees that the audition process was “grueling,” pointing to Maslany’s background in improv as what kept her rising to the top during the process. “Tatiana is really good at shifting gears, at listening to notes and absorbing them on a deep character level very quickly,” Manson says. “Obviously it’s an acrobatic role and we could see her ability with the characters, but we could also see her ability to drop one and move to the next, which is totally essential to what she does.”
Screen captures from one of Tatiana’s earliest movies, Ginger Snaps 2, have been added to the gallery.
I caught sight of Tatiana’s face in a recent issue of Georgia Straight. You can read her interview with them below:
This time last year, Steven Gaydos of Variety magazine caught Tatiana Maslany’s award-winning performance in a minor Canadian film called Picture Day at the Whistler Film Festival. Maslany ended up on the industry bible’s annual list of 10 actors to watch, thanks to that, sitting comfortably beside the likes of Léa Seydoux, Brie Larson, and Oscar Isaac.
In the interim, she added a slew of nominations and trophies to her résumé for both Picture Day and the sci-fi TV series Orphan Black. In short, the Regina native went from Canadian indie stalwart to star on the verge of supernova within a brisk 12 months—something that team Whistler got dead right when they put Picture Day in competition. As programming director Paul Gratton recently exclaimed to the Straight: “We love her!”
“It’s exciting, but at the same time, it’s terrifying. I can’t hide anymore,” Maslany says, calling the Straight during a break in her punishing Orphan Black schedule. She plays seven (and counting) parts in the wildly popular Space / BBC America show, which is shot under the guiding hand of series creator John (Ginger Snaps) Fawcett in Toronto. As is the custom for Canuck actors who suddenly find themselves in Hollywood’s high beam, Maslany scoffs at the idea that she was ever holding out for any kind of career in the industry.
“I honestly didn’t think too far ahead. Every single time I finished a job, that was it: I was screwed; I was never gonna act again,” she says with a laugh. Even at this point, “longevity” is the no-nonsense goal she’s setting for herself. But Maslany overlooks the simple fact of her own star quality. Fans of NBC’s Parks and Recreation were hit upside the head by her natural-born charisma after a recent two-episode guest shot. When the Whistler Film Festival kicks off for the 13th time this week (it runs December 4 to 8), opening-night attendees will see Maslany in the Canadian-set road movie Cas & Dylan, holding her own against a Hollywood legend.
“Richard Dreyfuss,” she says. “Yeah, what the heck? Weirdly, when I found out he was doing the part, my brother and I were like, ‘Oh, my God, it’s the centipede from James and the Giant Peach!’ And that’s so stupid, because that’s so not the reference anyone else would pick! But it was a movie that we watched as kids, over and over and over, and that voice is so iconic. He’s just this household name. My parents know him, and I know him, and my brothers know him, and to be sitting opposite him in a car for hours and hours and just playing and…” She pauses, mulling over the experience. “He made me feel like I was a peer,” Maslany continues, softly. “I just soaked it in and tried to learn as much as I could. Crazy.”
Congratulations, Tatiana! The nominations for the Golden Globe awards were announced and Tatiana is up for Best Actress in a Television Series, Drama. You can watch a short interview with her and her Orphan Black co-stars right here.
Best Actress in a TV Series, Drama
Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife”
Tatiana Maslany, “Orphan Black”
Taylor Schilling, “Orange is the New Black”
Kerry Washington, “Scandal”
Robin Wright, “House of Cards”