The Orphan Black actress takes on multiple characters for each episode of her BBC America show and nails every one of them.
But she revealed in an interview with Adweek, which was just released yesterday, that the characters she plays throughout the show are so much bigger than mere talent. They're groundbreaking for women.
"The characters all have a complexity to them, an unapologetic individuality," Maslany explained when asked why the show breaks stereotypes for women. "They're not physically superhuman and emotionless and without flaws. Having a strong female character doesn't mean she's beyond suffering and fragility. There's a fearlessness. That to me is strong writing for women. It defies gender."
Maslany also says she thinks of the show as a feminist piece, but added, "I don't think that was the motive from the start. It was intended to be this exploration of nature/nurture, and a lead role like that may not normally go to a woman. Women aren't often the default in movies, TV, media — there's often very limited space for them. But it's exciting to mine these stories and see a show that puts women at the center of it."
With Season 3 of the show premiering this month, Maslany also took time in the interview to tease the twist that's coming with the male clones.
"The show is definitely done from a woman's perspective, and that's something we defend. That will continue. But we will get a lot of Ari's character [Ari Millen, playing multiple male clones] who takes on major story lines. And we have guest stars in recurring roles like James Frain. We're expanding the world."
Check out Maslany's full interview with Adweek over on their website.
Season 3 of Orphan Black starts April 18 at 9/8c on BBC America.
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