Tatiana Maslany Cried at a Gay Fan's Praise of 'Orphan Black' and You Will Too

BBC America's Orphan Black is beloved — by fans, by us, basically by everyone who's ever given the sci-fi show about a cloning experiment gone awry a chance. But the cast, especially multi-tasking star Tatiana Maslany and her co-star Jordan Gavaris, was overwhelmed by the love at Comic-Con from one very grateful fan who thanked them for making it easier for her to come out as gay.

The fan's praise for Maslany's portrayal of clone Cosima and Gavaris's scene-stealing turn as Felix touched them all, even bringing Maslany to tears — watch it now (beginning at the 1:46 mark) and try not to cry, too:

The fan, named Taylor, said: "First of all, I want to thank you. Before I started watching this show I was really in the closet, and I was totally ashamed of who I was. I hated myself. When I started watching this show and seeing Cosima and seeing that everything is not about her sexuality, and that she is more than her sexuality ... My parents, they weren't OK with me being gay. I started watching this show with my mom," she said, starting to cry, "and it's helped us start to rebuild our relationship because she sees Cosima and she sees that it's OK and people are more than their sexuality." She then got a huge laugh and round of applause when she added, "And my question is..."

After Maslany and Gavaris let the weight of her story sink in, she asked, "What's it like to have that effect on people's lives? And to know that you're changing people's lives and making people more comfortable with who they are? You're saving lives — that's what you did for me."

Maslany and Gavaris were almost speechless, but Maslany managed to reply: "That's amazing ... that's incredible."

Gavaris chimed in: "We like to be reductive in life sometimes. I don't know why — it's a social construct, social trend, whatever you want to call it. We reduce people down to things like sexuality, their diseases like cancer or MS, or their race, or their sex, or their gender... or whether or not they like Game of Thrones," he added with a laugh from the Comic-Con crowd. "But that is not who people are. People are complex, as we say on the show. People are diverse. And there are much more interesting things to you than your sexuality. Thank you for what you said."

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Cosima is a scientist, just one of the many clones Maslany plays on the show, and she quickly became a fan-favorite in Season 1 when she took a proactive approach to finding out more about the science behind their cloning and the medical repurcussions, which she herself is facing.

Cosima also has one of the show's best love stories: She is in love with Delphine (Evelyne Brochu), a researcher at the cloning experiment's Dyad Institute, who has also acted as Cosima's handler. Delphine has risked her career and her life to try to save the woman she loves, making them the true heart of the show.

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And then there's Gavaris's Felix, clone Sarah Manning's adoptive brother, who has been sucked into all the clone drama, but still manages to don a--less chaps when he gets time to blow off steam.

There were some more fun questions about the show, but that interaction was the true highlight of the panel. Fans also presented Maslany with the "Best Actress in the World Award," which the actress deemed "way better than an Emmy."

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Yahoo TV talked to the show's creators John Fawcett and Graeme Manson after the panel, and they were still so blown away by what had happened, calling the whole Comic-Con experience "overwhelming."

"There was this really moving moment where a young girl stood up and talked about coming out to her parents, and how the show helped her explain that and helped the family come to terms with it. It was beautiful," Manson said. "It had everybody almost in tears. There's fun and there's laughter and all of that... but to have a panel that had laughter and tears at the same time? It was crazy and moving. Very moving."

"It was great. It was just amazing to see how much the show strikes a chord with the fans, emotionally," Fawcett said. "We feel really grateful to be part of it, to be able to be in that energy."

Still not an initiated Clone Club member? This mash-up of Tatiana Maslany's best work on the show should seal the deal: