During our recent webcam chat (watch the exclusive video above), Tatiana Maslany reveals she was drawn to the film “Stronger,” a biopic about Boston Marathon bombing victim Jeff Bauman (Jake Gyllenhaal), because it was “a very intimate story taken from a headline and from an image, and from the idea of what this guy went through and who he was.” Bauman lost both his legs in the 2013 explosion, becoming a symbol of hope and courage for a shaken city. Maslany plays Erin Hurley, Bauman’s on-again-off-again girlfriend who helps him overcome his personal and physical afflictions.
“They’ve always sort of been in this tenuous place,” describes the actress of Erin and Jeff’s relationship, “and yet they have deep love for each other.” Most of their problems stem from Jeff’s inability to show up for Erin, and the one time he does – to watch her cross the finish line – it cost him his legs. “She’s having to reckon with the fact that he was there for her, with the fact that his life has changed inexorably because of this.”
Yet Erin is more than just a faithful girlfriend. “She’s this strength throughout the film and throughout his recovery that never wavers, even though she’s in doubt, and even though she’s in pain as well, and fearful.” She adds, “The two of them… are really caught up in a pattern of behavior that has to change. She’s challenging Jeff to stand up and be equal with her, whereas he’s still stuck as a young boy in a lot of ways.”
Maslany won an Emmy as Best Drama Actress for “Orphan Black” in 2016, contending previously in 2015. “It was a shock,” recalls Maslany of her victory. “First off, he totally mispronounced my name,” she chuckles, referring to Kiefer Sutherland‘s mangling of the announcement. “So I was like, Oh, right.” She continues, “It was wild to be apart of a night like that, and to be given that kind of accolade. It’s still something that I can’t quite conceive.” The show aired its fifth and final season earlier this year, which will be eligible for next year’s Emmys. “In the beginning of ‘Orphan Black,’ we had no idea anybody was even going to watch the show, let alone have this sort of response to it.”
Can Maslany find her way into the Best Supporting Actress Oscar race? Check out our full interview above for more about her work on “Stronger” and the last season of “Orphan Black.”
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