In just its first season, BBC America’s Orphan Black has garnered positive press, reviews, and a worldwide fan base—thanks in large part to the woman at the center of it all, Tatiana Maslany. Maslany stars as Sarah, a woman unfortunate enough to see someone who looks exactly like her commit suicide. Sarah steals her purse and assumes her identity to get out of a jam, but soon realizes that there are other doppelgangers—clones of herself—everywhere. Maslany plays all of the clone characters as well, an infinitely expanding group of women who have nothing in common except their physical appearance.
Critics have praised Malsany’s amazing versatility in these performances. She was recently nominated for a Critic’s Choice Award for Best Actress in a Drama Series. Maslany has also received glowing notices, if not worldwide recognition, for impressive turns in indie films like Picture Day, Grown Up Movie Star, and David Cronenberg’s Eastern Promises.
We caught up with Tatiana Maslany as she prepares to film Season Two of the series. Here, she pauses to discuss playing multiple roles at the same time, the power of improvisation, seeing your name on the internet, and the importance of playing in your own backyard.