Q&A: Kristian Bruun Explains Why Donnie Always Runs Away

Editor’s Note: We culled your questions from Facebook and Twitter for this week’s Q&A with an Orphan Black crew member. This week, it’s Kristian Bruun.

1. @kendrickmaslany via Twitter: Does your chemistry with Tatiana change when you’re on set with er as Alison vs as Helena?

Kristian Bruun: Good question! I would say the chemistry remains the same, but it's more like working with another actor! I've said it before and I'll say it again: I think Tatiana will need some professional help after this show...


2. @tatianameslany via Twitter: how did you react to MK’s final scene

KB: Brutal. Heartbreaking. It's devastating to see any clone die (or any character really... Paul, Leekie, etc.) but I also had a special love for M.K. because like her, I'm also a citizen of Finland (my dad was born there).

3. @buterasbrochu via Twitter: what’s your favorite helena/donnie scene?

KB: Ooooh, that's a tough one. I think working with Helena was my favorite in general. She's so unpredictable. All the scenes were fun ("I got refund" still kills me), but the soap-making scene was so exciting because it was one of the early ones with her, and improv-ing with Helena for the first time was such a wild trip. She really liked Donnie. It was awkward in the best way possible.


4. @cotillardmarion do you think donnie is actually the right person for Alison like after whats happened

KB: Ummm do you think Alison is the right person for Donnie, like after what has happened?!! Come on! They are two suburban-murdering-peas-in-a-pod — they were made for each other! And really, what relationship is perfect?!

5. @itstaylcryall: did you steal anything from set?

KB: No! I wish I had, from Felix's loft or Mrs. S's house — they were my favorites. Also, the Rabbit Hole comic book store (it was legitimately fully-stocked and full of cool TCAF posters — Toronto Comic Arts Festival). But alas, I was a good boy.

6. @b2thchil4s: what do you like least about Donnie?

KB: I felt like he could've been stronger at times. I loved those few moments when he stepped up to the plate and protected his family, but ultimately it's more Alison's show than Donnie's, and I feel like seeing her win the day is what people wanted to see. And I was happy to see her get that. Now I know what it's like to play the damsel in distress! It's not nearly as much fun as being the hero! For years, the majority of female roles in TV and Film had been relegated to that, and it's good to see women get the on-screen strength they deserve.

7. @ASestraClone Why do you think Donnie always runs away when there is trouble?

KB: Two reasons. 1. He scared. For sure. 2. He also knows he's more useful free than captured. "Live to fight another day" and all that...

8. @neihausbrochu funniest moment on set during s5 filming?

KB: ALL of Episode 3. I can't wait for you to enjoy it. It was such a blast to film. The whole damn bloody thing.


9. @_Mrieke_ What is your favourite improve line??

KB: Tatiana improv-ing with herself in a clone scene! It took two days to film the dinner scene at the end of Season 3, and yet that insane force of nature managed to remember an improv line she did as Helena about the babka cake the day before. I just tried to keep up with her as Alison...

10. Gina H. via Facebook: When you first started playing Donnie, he was quite different. Were you able to have any input on his evolution to the current Donnie.

KB: I always felt welcome and comfortable in the writers' room, and I might make small suggestions from time to time, but for the most part, the writers quickly learned to write to my strengths and voice. That's what a good writer room does. I was always impressed by what they came up with, and was happy to try to fulfill their vision. When you have writers that good and caring, you just try to keep up.

11. Kim P. via Facebook: You've had so many hilarious moments over the show's run -- was there a scene that you had trouble getting through without cracking up?

KB: I felt like I got worse as the years went on! Tatiana would crack me up easier and easier. She was unstoppable though — no surprise there. I just tried to keep up and not crack. I failed a lot in that. It was a total pleasure.


The bed-twerking scene was just too much fun. We were too busy shaking our asses to crack up, but really anything with Helena would set me off. (It didn't help that I constantly pronounced her name wrong and would immediately start cracking up...)

12. BBCAmerica.com: A lot of Clone Club wanted to know which clone and/or character with which you wished you had more screentime thus far?

KB: All of them. I would love to get a chance to explore that dynamic more with each and every one of them. They were all so beautiful and full. (But like, give me more Helena any day...)

13. BBCAmerica.com: Any message for Clone Club?

KB: Hey. Clone Club. Thank you so much for all your support. This show wouldn't have survived for as long as it did if it wasn't for you. You made all the crazy long hours worthwhile. What a gift it has been to be a part of a show that had such a loyal following. I hope you enjoy this show many times over for years to come. And please, if you ever run into me on the street, in an airport, even in a bathroom, please say hi. I'm always happy to meet you. You're the cream to my coffee, the cheese to my wine, the porridge that Goldilocks chose — you're juuuuust right. Thank you thank you thank you.


Kristian Bruun