I want to be acting till I die, says Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany

Television star Tatiana Maslany of Orphan Black fame says she loves her craft and for her success is not as important as constantly striving to better yourself.

hollywood Updated: Jul 06, 2017 13:21 IST
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Tatiana Maslany says awards give her visibility that she didnโ€™t have earlier.

Tatiana Maslany has been the star of the cult sci-fi AXN drama Orphan Black, wherein she plays multiple clones’ with distinct personalities, for five seasons. The 31-year-old actor who enjoys acting talks says the success of her international show has no doubt put her in a different space in the industry. In a telephonic conversation, Tatiana talks about success, India, awards and more.

You have won an Emmy for your performance on the show and even got nominated for other prestigious awards. How much do awards make a difference to your career?

The award and the nominations gave me visibility that I didn’t have earlier. They are helpful in terms of going into rooms and people knowing my work. It also proves the kind of response our show has had and that people have enjoyed it to that extent. Awards are for all of us and like a communal thing that we all worked for and deserve as a group as oppose to an individual.

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What does success mean to you?

Success is what people perceive from the outside than what you feel from the inside. The day after I won the Emmy I went to New York, USA to an acting class with my friends. We learnt a lot that day and that (learning new things) to me is a bigger success than an award. Success is not that important as constantly striving to better yourself. I have been working since I was nine and I want to be acting till I die as I love acting and my craft and to be able to do more of it is beyond the fact whether I have made it (in the industry) or not.

Have you been to India?

No, I haven’t yet. I really want to go though. I have friends who have been there and loved it. Even my mum visited for a month, when she was younger, told me that it is an incredible place and the food is amazing and wonderful people.

Orphan Black is a hit across the world. What do you think appeals the audience most about it?

The audiences relate to the clones and their characteristics. There are so many different kinds of characters on the show, of which two are from the LBGTQ community which are more complicated than the general characters that we see on television.

From the various characters you play on your show, which one is the closest to your real personality?

All the characters have a piece of me, which has been elaborated and worked on a bit. To pick one would be difficult as they are all me, in some way.

Which character did you enjoy playing the most?

I think Helena is great fun to play as she is unpredictable, and you can never tell what she will do.

Is it taxing to play the multiple roles and remember their nuances?

It’s an exhausting process as I have switch roles every single day, and sometimes for multiple shots in a day. It is a lot of work but as an actor, I love working so that is what keeps me excited. I have never been bored on set. There is always some angle to work on for a character and some scene to explore, which is fun.

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First Published: Jul 02, 2017 16:46 IST