Have you been looking for something different to watch on television? I got hooked on the BBC America tv show Orphan Black back in 2013. The star of the show is Tatiana Maslany who plays multiple characters who are clones. New York Times Magazine has an article titled The Many Faces of Tatiana Maslany. I find it amazing that one actress can play so many different roles on the same show. Tatiana plays a surburban housewife, a bisexual graduate student and Ukranian assassin just to name a few.
The grand adventure of a set visit is entering a universe where everyone — absolutely everyone — is a pro at playing pretend. They’re admirably adult about it. They drink coffee and sit in chairs and operate machines, as if there weren’t lights so hot that they banish the winter outside, as if it’s perfectly normal for a sweltering interior to look like a dusty, sunbaked facade. Insides become outsides here, as gravel underfoot transforms a soundstage floor into a sandy desert.
But the illusions are particularly vertiginous on the set of “Orphan Black,” the BBC America television show that has the same star many times over. “Orphan Black,” you see, is about a group of persecuted clones, and all of them are played by Tatiana Maslany, a 29-year-old actress who has ridden her multiple roles to cult stardom and critical acclaim. On a recent morning in Toronto, Maslany was wearing a frizzy blond wig and was made up as Helena, the dangerously mercurial Ukrainian clone. Her face was covered in blood and filth. She was not — as far as I could tell — thinking about the Screen Actors Guild Award nomination she received that morning, or (as I was) the circumstances that landed her in the peculiar fishbowl of fame. She was focused instead on butter.
Season 3 of Orphan Black starts April 18, 2015. You can read the entire article at the New York Times.