Thursday, June 13, 2013

Performer to Watch: Tatiana Maslany

This week has been a great week for Tatiana Maslany (aside from making my blog).  Maslany won the Critics Choice Award (television) for Best Actress in a Drama series for the show Orphan Black; she was also nominated at the Television Critics Association (TCA) Awards for Best Drama Performance.

Before I jump into her most recent jump to stardom/recognition Maslany is no novice to working in television or film.  Maslany has worked steadily for the last 10 years, mostly in television on series like 2030 CE, The Redemption, Instant Star, Heartland, The Nativity and Alphas.  Maslany's most recognizable film role was a supporting role in The Vow (2012).

Before this week Maslany was mainly known to those watching her BBC show, I found the show a while ago thanks to Michael Ausiello who is as obsessed with her performance as I am.  Maslany takes on multiple characters, with many accents, is on the run, trying to fight for her daughter, play a cop, and so much more.  This is one of the most complex female roles I have seen on television, and it is sure to garner her a lot of attention.  I wish the stodgy Emmy Awards would recognize smaller shows like Orphan Black, and Maslany, but she will likely score a nomination at the Golden Globes this fall.

Maslany is name you will want to remember, and while she only has one film, filming now, entitled Cas and Dylan set for a release in the nearby future, there is going to be a second season of Orphan Black in 2014.  This small show is going to gain a lot of ground, look for the second season of Black to get better ratings, and make Maslany an even bigger house hold name.

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