Or­phan Black star adds role of film judge to long re­sumé

Winnipeg Free Press - Section E - - ARTS & LIFE -

TORONTO — Or­phan Black star Ta­tiana Maslany has of­ten been called the hard­est-work­ing woman in tele­vi­sion. A month into the tap­ing for sea­son 4 of the sci-fi clone se­ries, she’s prov­ing that the­ory once again.

The Regina na­tive says the pres­ence of male clones on the Space/ BBC Amer­ica se­ries now doesn’t ease the load as she plays more than seven char­ac­ters, each with wildly dif­fer­ent per­son­al­i­ties and ac­cents.

“It’s pretty full-on for me this year,” Maslany, who was re­cently nom­i­nated for an Emmy Award, said this week from the set.

“All the char­ac­ters are go­ing through ma­jor shifts and big sto­ry­lines, which I won’t re­ally be spe­cific about. But it’s a fun sea­son. I love the writ­ing this sea­son. I’m re­ally ex­cited about it.”

Maslany said she did man­age to take one month off re­cently to “just lo­bot­om­ize” her­self and watch movies for this year’s Air Canada en­Route Film Fes­ti­val for emerg­ing Cana­dian short-film tal­ent.

The 30-year-old ac­tress led a judg­ing panel that also in­cluded Cather­ine O’Hara, François Gi­rard and Ron Mann.

Win­ners an­nounced this week in­cluded Caitlin Durlak of Toronto for best short film for Per­sis­tence of Vi­sion and Cather­ine Dubeau of Montreal for the an­i­mated Kalei­do­scope.

View­ers can catch the fes­ti­val films on Air Canada flights un­til Dec. 31.

“I’m al­ways in­ter­ested in what en­Route is pro­gram­ming, be­cause I fly so of­ten,” said Maslany. “I re­ally like catch­ing up on things that we’re do­ing in Canada, and so of­ten you don’t get ac­cess to that stuff.”

Maslany has starred in two short films and loves the genre — so much so that she’d like to make her own short one day.

“I think telling a story in a small way like that is re­ally com­pelling,” she said. “I re­mem­ber grow­ing up with

The Big Snit ... the NFB cartoon. It was my favourite thing; it’s still one of my favourite pieces of work, ever, and it’s Cana­dian.”

So, what kind of short would she make?

“I’m al­ways in­ter­ested in (hav­ing) two peo­ple to sit across from each other and the re­la­tion­ship is spe­cific and per­sonal,” said Maslany.

“Just ex­plore two peo­ple in a mo­ment to­gether.”

De­spite hav­ing a fully formed idea for a short, she says “there’s no way” she’d have time to make it in the fore­see­able fu­ture.

Af­ter all, she’s due to star in at least two films next year and is in talks to star along­side Jake Gyl­len­haal in a film about a sur­vivor of the Bos­ton Marathon bomb­ing.

“I can’t re­ally speak to that yet, but we’ll see,” she said. “I can only hope that that hap­pens to me. It’s an amaz- ing story.”

And, of course, there’s Or­phan Black, which just started film­ing its fourth episode with Pe­ter Steb­bings as di­rec­tor.

Maslany couldn’t say much about the new sea­son, but she did say her Sarah Man­ning clone char­ac­ter (who is cen­tral to the show) re­turns to her roots.

“She’s sort of had to be­come this un­will­ing leader of a group of peo­ple who re­ally de­pend on her, and that’s not re­ally her na­ture. She’s sort of a lone wolf and kind of self-de­struc­tive — and just de­struc­tive in gen­eral — so it’ll be nice to kind of go back to that core of who she is.”

All work does not mean no play for Maslany.

On her In­sta­gram ac­count, she re­cently posted a photo of her­self dressed as Tobias Funke from Ar­rested De­vel­op­ment for Hal­loween.

“Great­est night of my life! I love that show,” she said. “I love it so much and I think David Cross is a ge­nius, so it was nice to just get to be him for one night.”

Maslany said she also busted a move at the “amaz­ing, boil­ing hot” Em­mys in Septem­ber, where she wore a white pantsuit and was “drip­ping sweat.”

“There was some danc­ing. There was def­i­nitely some danc­ing,” she said, not­ing the fab­ric tape on her plung­ing blazer was “barely hold­ing” be­cause of the heat.

“I just feel like some­body who got ac­cess to a world that you dream about but you don’t re­ally think it’s real.” See the full list of Air Canada en­Route Film Fes­ti­val win­ners: http://wfp.to/Ifr.

NATHAN DENETTE / THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

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