Emmy winner Tatiana Maslany on saying goodbye to ‘Orphan Black’

“I’m going to be really sad to not be these characters anymore,” Tatiana Maslany told an audience at the Vancouver International Film Festival just weeks before filming for the fifth and final season of “Orphan Black” commenced. She laughed, “Hopefully we get some answers to things because I have a lot of questions!”

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Despite consecutive Critics’ Choice Awards as Best Drama Actress for the first two seasons of the science-fiction series, Maslany only received her first Emmy nomination last year for the third season and finally won the Emmy last month for the fourth. It was a monumental achievement, as she became the first Canadian actress ever to win an Emmy for leading a series. Coincidentally, she was presented the trophy  by the last Canadian to win for leading a series: Kiefer Sutherland (drama “24” in 2006), who garbled her name.

In Vancouver to promote her new film “The Other Half,” which premiered at South by Southwest in March yet remains without an American distributor, Maslany reflected on her rise to stardom. She lamented that she now regularly receives offers for parts in the vein of her work on “Orphan Black,” in which she plays a series of clones. “I did this part so that I would not be pigeonholed,” she ruefully admits. Yet, in “The Other Half,” Maslany plays bipolar.

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Maslany was receptive to the suggestion by moderator Tim Goodman from The Hollywood Reporter that she seek comedic roles. She revealed, “Comedy is my biggest joy in life to watch. I just find it fascinating.” Over the course of the discussion, Maslany cited television dramedies “Louie” and “Transparent,” as well as Aziz Ansari, as inspirations. “I was peeing my pants there,” Maslany recounted about working with Ansari during her 2013 guest spot on the sitcom “Parks and Recreation.” “That is the scariest thing that I’ve ever done,” she revealed.

Maslany can currently be seen in Canadian theaters in Kim Nguyen’s “Two Lovers and a Bear” and star opposite Jake Gyllenhaal in the upcoming film“Stronger.” As for what she will do when “Orphan Black” wraps production, Maslany admitted, “I’ve never kind of known what I wanted to do next.  I’d love to go back to do theatre again — do some live stuff.”

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