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While there’s a lot of exposition in Orphan Black’s first few episodes, it’s Maslany’s distinct performances that ground the show with a very tangible sense of humanity. As the focus ratchets back and forth between Sarah and her genetic “sisters,” the differences that Maslany brings to the roles are starkly noticeable. It’s not just the wigs or the range of her shifting accents; it’s the way that Maslany holds herself, the way she tilts her head or moves her eyes, the way she dances or loads a dishwasher, that proves just how she fully embodies each of these characters.
The effect is intoxicating, as Maslany doesn’t just give the audience a subtly different “Sarah” seen through a fragmented prism, but seven individual characters, a masterful accomplishment. Each of the clones behaves in her own unique way, each with her own distinctive body language, timbre, and sensibilities. Sarah’s bruised toughness is quite different to Alison Hendrix’s uptight soccer mom fragility, just as the hipster sensuality of Cosima Niehaus’ evolutionary developmental biologist is worlds apart from copper Beth’s no-nonsense brusqueness or Helena’s sociopathic intensity.
The latter character shows just how wide Maslany’s range truly is, as she imbues Helena with the raw anger of a caged animal thrashing against the bars, a sharp departure from her polar opposite, enigmatic and icy corporate warrior Rachel Duncan. Yes, numerous actors have played twins before—often resulting in wildly different performances—but no other actor has come close to achieving what Maslany does in Orphan Black, appearing in nearly every scene over the course of the show’s 10-episode first season run while altering her chemistry in scenes with her co-stars."
- Jace Lacob, Emmy Awards’ Dark Horse Nominee: Tatiana Maslany of ‘Orphan Black’ (via thecloneclub)