Tatiana Maslany's latest movie is a complete 180-degree turn from her Emmy-winning TV role in Orphan Black.
The Canadian star has been falling in love on- and offscreen with real-life boyfriend Tom Cullen, with whom she stars in the anguished relationship drama The Other Half. "We got to fall in love again, we got to meet each other for the first time. It was very kinky role-playing," Maslany told a Vancouver Film Festival audience on Saturday.
The indie from director Joey Klein has Maslany playing Emily, a bipolar woman falling in love with Nickie (Cullen), a grief-stricken man. "Through the characters, we got to explore these firsts again, including falling in love, and it didn't feel like we were grasping from stuff we'd experienced together. It was a different courtship and a finding of each other," explained??Maslany.
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The Canadian actress first was nominated at the 2015 Emmys for outstanding lead actress in a drama series for her role in Orphan Black, now set for its fifth and final season on BBC America. But Maslany had to wait for her second nomination to prevail in the category.
"I feel like the Clone Club was the reason any of that happened and the reason anyone cared," Maslany said of loyal Orphan Black fan support stirring eventual interest from Emmy voters in her playing multiple clones in the drama.
Here's a shocker: These days, the Emmy winner is mostly offered clone roles by Hollywood that don't interest her. "I get a lot of: Do you want to play multiple characters on this thing? No," the Canadian actress said Saturday.
As she chooses her next roles after winning her Emmy, Maslany is also betraying her tiredness at having to go to a deep, emotional place onscreen. Maslany co-starred alongside The Amazing Spider-Man 2 star Dane DeHaan in the indie romance??Two Lovers and a Bear, and she's acting opposite Jake Gyllenhaal in David Gordon Green's Boston Marathon-bombing drama,??Stronger.
"The roles I've played recently have been highly emotional, and that's kind of what people are asking me to do. And that's the kind of roles I like to do," she said. "But I'd like to try to be the reporter," Maslany added wistfully about the possibility of shifting to playing a less demanding character.
And, recalling playing a love interest for Aziz Ansari's Tom Haverford in NBC's Parks and Recreation, Maslany insisted she'd also revel in a comedy or two. "I was peeing my pants there ... working opposite Aziz Ansari. I was just terrified," she said as she declared comic actors geniuses onscreen.
And, speaking of fear, Maslany said her next role may well, like the dozen characters she plays on Orphan Black, fill her with the dread that keeps her in the acting game. She explained, "I have a lot of fear when I go to work. But why else am I doing it? If I feel comfortable or it's easy, I don't care. I like being thrown into a situation where I don't know what I'm going to do."