10 Things to Know About Tatiana Maslany

1. She plays 7 roles in Orphan Black… so far.
Tatiana played Sarah, Beth, Katja, Alison, Cosima, Helena, and Rachel in the first season of Orphan Black.

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2. Girl can dance.
Tatiana always wanted to be a performer – she started as a dancer at age 4, and auditioned for her first theater role in the musical Oliver at age 9.

3. Thanks, Canada.
Tatiana hails from Regina in Saskatchewan, Canada.

4. She’s a pro improver.
Tatiana’s worked in professional improv for about 10 years. In high school, she participated in the Canadian Improv Games, and later joined the General Fools Improvisational Theatre group.

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5. Celebs love her.
Patton Oswalt declared Tatiana “the best actress ALIVE right now.” Says Damon Lindelof, “It’s easier to believe they’re super talented triplets than it is that it’s just one person.” (via Buzzfeed)

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6. Critics love her, too.
Tatiana beat out Claire Danes and Julianna Margulies for Best Actress in a Drama Series at the 2013 Critics’ Choice Television Awards.

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7. She can rollerblade.
Showrunner Graeme Manson revealed that Tatiana arrived to her first audition on Rollerblades, tossing out a casual, “Hey guys.” (via Backstage)

8. She’s multilingual.
“My mom taught me German before I knew English, and I went to French immersion school. It’s been around me,” says Tatiana, whose mother is a French/English government translator. “I think because I learned it at a young age, your brain understands how languages are structured.” (via Buzzfeed)

9. She’s an Alison (who wishes she was a Sarah.)
Which clone is Tatiana most like? “I wish I could say Sarah is most like me, because she’s very brave. But I think Alison is most like me. She was the scariest to play, because I felt I had to reveal a lot about myself.”

10. She works opposite tennis balls.
To film multiclone scenes, Tatiana occasionally works opposite an X –mark or a tennis ball on a stick. Her favorite inanimate acting partner? “Definitely the tennis ball. Sometimes the crew would draw a little smiley face or a sad face on it, so it looks like a little head!” (via Details)

Orphan Black returns to BBC AMERICA for its second season on Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 9/8c. To catch up on the first season, click HERE.

  • Mapee

    Is there anything this woman can’t do? No. The answer is no.

  • Mélanie Costa

    I want one of her tennis balls! xD

  • Ashley Marie

    I absolutely love this show!!!

  • Moira Gentry-Moore

    I really enjoy this show. It’s natural. I really don’t think about acting ability, it seems so natural, because Tarzana and the cast do it so well. All of Orphan ‘ s cast deserve a Clap!

  • ceithor

    It took a couple of episodes for the plot to really get going, but Tatiana is SO good that I was immediately hooked, just due to her.

    • aliyah robinson

      are you kidding?!??!?! i was hooked in the first episode, as soon as she walked in to the bank and the “bad girls do it well” song started play my jaw dropped and i was like “holy crap this is amazing, im hooked”

  • Ric Winthrop

    Can’t wait…great show.

  • woodstockdc

    Catching up on Season 1 on-demand (the only place I let myself watch was in the gym) was the only thing that kept me fit during the holidays! Looking forward to season 2.

  • Shee-lah Irima

    Tatiana is a Godess of acting!

  • Bruce chilanga

    Tatiana you really turn me on with Orphan Black and i love the character Sarah. Cant wait to watch season 2.

  • zzz05

    Up until now I had no idea it was shot in Toronto, it’s so very BBCish. (That’s a complement)