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We Love Tatiana Maslany’s Thoughts on Evolution of ORPHAN BLACK

We’ve come a long way, sestras. Even just from the beginning of Orphan Black‘s tenure on screen, the television landscape and its roles for women have expanded dramatically. Gone are the days of the stock female tropes (well, almost), and in their wake marches an army of women who, even though they may be genetic identicals, couldn’t be more different from one another. How’s that for subversion, eh? These are not characterizations content with resting on their laurels, and this is just one of the reasons why we love our Clone Club.

And it’s just one of many reasons Tatiana Maslany loves being the face of our sestrahood like no other, too. Simply by being a show about women, starring a bunch of women, talking about and being active in the storyline alongside other women, is a radical act—or at least it was when the show premiered in 2013. But in the three seasons that have come since, the show has proven its biggest strengths are in its most unremarkable moments—moments of banality, of shades of grey and the like, ultimately create a colorful space for stories like this to exist.

But don’t just listen to us ramble on and on about it — check out part of our interview with Maslany on the subject from our time on the show’s Toronto set in January. And let us know what you think in the comments below!

And if you’re looking for something a bit sillier, why not try on our interview with Donnie Hendrix, a.k.a. Kristian Bruun, for size?

Image Credit: Space Channel


Alicia Lutes is the Managing Editor of Nerdist. Find her on Twitter (@alicialutes) and see more videos from her time on the OB set here!

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