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Orphan Black Star Tatiana Maslany Talks About Clone Agency

she blinded me with science

BBC America’s hit series Orphan Black starts filming Season 2 at the end of this month but star Tatiana Maslany was interviewed by TV Guide on set for her Parks & Recreation guest role and revealed a few hints for next season, her thoughts on the big Emmy snub, and more. 

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[Some spoilers for Season 1 to follow.]

TV Guide asked the actress what it will be like for the clones now that they’ve discovered their basic existence is trademarked. Maslany said:

It resonates differently for each of them. There’s something about that idea of ownership over your body that I feel is quite resonant to women. It’s so interesting that it’s in the context of clones, but it’s all women dealing with this idea of, “Do I own my body? Is my body mine? Who am I if I don’t own my body? Who am I if somebody else has decided all this stuff?” I think Sarah is a fiercely rebellious person, so anybody putting her in a box is when she’ll lose her sh–. Cosima is fascinated with this concept because of the science of it and because of the way that she can break things down and understand them better. Alison bought into it. It’s cool that they all deal with it very differently.

Have I mentioned how much I love this woman? I love this woman.

Does she miss playing Helena? “Oh my God, yes, so much. I loved her so much. She’s such a ferocious, feral creature, so it’s really fun to key into those things,” she said. And how does she think Alison will fair in the upcoming season? “I think Alison is f—ed. [Laughs] I think she f—ed up big time,” she said. “My favorite thing for Alison is the denial that she lives in consistently. It’s her favorite place to live. She’d rather pretend everything is perfect, and nothing can be less perfect than her life is right now. This is literally the worst thing that can happen to her, that she signed her life away and she thinks everything is good. Obviously it’s not going to be, and we’re going to see her lose her sh–, I’m sure.”

And does the actress feel as bad about not getting an Emmy nomination as we do on her behalf?

Oh God, it’s so not touchy. It’s really not because, to me, the whole Emmy thing came from other people. It wasn’t like I did Orphan Black and was like, [in a snooty voice] “I can’t wait to be nominated for an Emmy.” I was just like, “I’m so excited I’m doing this show. I hope I can get through the day without passing out.” All that stuff feels exterior. The support and the ferocious fandom that got angry about it, that’s lovely. But ultimately, the awards have no bearing on it. They’re great, they open a door for actors, but putting too much of your worth on those things — it’s so weird. Doctors don’t get awarded [for] things the entire world knows about. It’s just so warped. We put so much value on it and it’s so not what it’s about.

I love this woman.

(via io9)

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