5 Reasons “Orphan Black”‘s Tatiana Maslany Is The Best Even Without An Emmy Nomination

With the Emmy Awards coming up on Monday, we thought we’d pay tribute to Tatiany Maslany, who was clearly robbed of a nomination for her numerous clone roles in BBC America’s conspiracy thriller television series “Orphan Black.” Just renewed for a third season, the show has grown from cult status to a television audience favorite. There’s even a Tumblr blog for super fans — The Clone Club — a new comic book on the way and the introduction of male clones in the show’s second season finale. Here are five award-worthy reasons why audiences love watching Tatiana on “Orphan Black.”

1. With all her bad ass talent, Tatiana is still pretty humble. At their recent Comic Con panel, Tatiana was asked if she felt slighted not getting the nomination. “We’re at a point where television is extremely exciting. I just feel really lucky to be at this point in television history making a show like this. The Emmys are lovely and wonderful, but to me, it’s more about hearing from the fans.”

2. She has no problem juggling the plethora of clone characters she’s been tasked to play. “It’s part of the job,” Maslany shrugged at Comic-Con. “I’ve been working on projects sometimes, where I’m doing three different pieces at the same time, and going to different sets. If you went to theater school, you are likely doing two different plays at the same time, playing different characters. Same with doing a one person show. I think it’s quite a natural thing for an actor to do. And you have to be a little messed up in order to do it!” That easy, huh? We can think of plenty of actors who seem to have a tough time playing just one character. No shade. No, no shade at all…

3. She has a method for getting into each unique clone’s character. Tatiana tries to differentiate how she approaches each individual character, all of whom are unique. “It so depends on the clone; listening to different types of music or dance really helps. Or with Cosima [the bisexual scientist] especially, there is a lot of intellectual research that I wanted to do on her. And Tony [a trans male clone] too.”

4. Her work has done more than entertained, it has inspired. While she and her co-star, Jordan Gavaris, talked about their characters’ portrayal of sexuality, a young fan stepped up to the mike during the Q&A portion. “I want to thank you,” she said. “Before I starting watching this show, I hated myself … my parents weren’t okay with me being gay. I started watching the show with my mom and it’s helped us start to rebuild our relationship. … What’s it like to have that affect 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?” Tatiana replied: “That’s amazing. I mean, I have no words. That’s incredible.”

5. Tatiana may be a bad ass on “Orphan Black,” but when not working, she’s kind of a geek. “For the longest time, I had a ‘Shaun of the Dead’ statue and ‘Futurama”s Leela, Fry and Nibbler figurines on my bookshelf!” she said. As for what cosplay she would want to dress up as, she quipped: “Finn from Adventure Time!” We expect to see that at Comic-Con next year…