Comic-Con has been full of surprises and excitement this year, but perhaps the most memorable moment thus far is what happened during Orphan Black‘s Comic-Con panel.
The hit science fiction TV series about clones cast — Tatiana Maslany, Jordan Gavaris, Dylan Bruce, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Kristian Bruun and Ari Millen — as well as creators John Fawcett and Graeme Manson arrived in Room 6A to a standing ovation from their legion of loyal fans, E! News reports.
But it was when the Q&A portion started that the event became really emotional. A teenage girl named Taylor revealed to the panel that the show has helped her accept her sexuality, and realize that it’s not what defines her.
“First of all, I wanted to thank you,” the fan said. “Before I started watching this show, I was really in the closet and I was totally ashamed of who I was. I just hated myself… I started watching the show and seeing Cosima and seeing that everything is not about her sexuality and she is more than her sexuality.
“My parents weren’t OK with me being gay,” Taylor continued. “I started watching the show with my mom and it’s helped us to start to rebuild our relationship. She sees Cosima. And she’s seen that it’s OK and people are more than their sexuality. And I want to thank you for that.
“My question is, what’s it like to have that effect on peoples’ lives and know you’re changing peoples’ lives and making people more comfortable with who they are? You’re saving lives. That’s what you did for me. So, I just wanted to know: What’s that like?”
The comment left the actress lost for words and in tears. “That, I mean…” Maslany replied. “That’s amazing. I mean, I have no words. That’s incredible.”
Maslany and 16-year-old Taylor even shared a selfie together later on, which she posted on her Tumblr account.
However, Maslany’s costar Jordan Gavaris, who plays Felix, did have a few words to add.
“We like to be reductive in society,” Gavaris explained. “We reduce people down to their diseases or their gender. People are complex and people are diverse and there are much more interesting things than your sexuality.”