Tatiana Maslany on Jake Gyllenhaal, SXSW, and Orphan Black season four secrets

Tatiana Maslany may be fresh off her third Canadian Screen Award win and an Emmy nomination for her work in Orphan Black, but she “can't wait to get in the ring” with the “awesome” Jake Gyllenhaal in her upcoming film, Stronger.

“It’s about the Boston Marathon bombings, and it’s about two people who are affected by that and how they carry on,” said Maslany in an interview with etalk’s Ben Mulroney last week.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Gyllenhaal will play Jeff Bauman, a man who lost both his legs in the 2013 blast as he waited for his girlfriend Erin Hurley (Maslany) to cross the finish line. Boston NPR affiliate WBUR reports Bauman later assisted the FBI by identifying one of the bombing suspects.

The film is set to start shooting on Apr. 4, and David Gordon Green of All the Real Girls and Pineapple Express fame will step in to direct.

“I’m just excited to be a part of something like that,” said Maslany.

Maslany experienced another first in early March when she premiered her upcoming film The Other Half at the South by Southwest Film Festival. The actress said the film launch was “amazing,” though she insisted it was meeting up with Broad City’s Ilana Glazer that was “the greatest moment ever.” 

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Yet, while the Regina native will be on-set of her latest big screen venture Stronger, the fourth season of Orphan Black will hit the small screen. Maslany is much more than just the star of the show; she also plays several – very – different clones and distinctive characters, and has held a producer credit since season three.

However, she jokes there “probably” could be a limit to how many unique parts she can play on the same series. For those keeping score, she has crafted up to 15 different clones on Orphan Black.

“I kind of like not knowing who's coming up though and sort of being challenged,” said Maslany. “[Co-Creators] John [Fawcett] and Graeme [Manson] … create characters we haven't seen already on the show so that they're always pushing and always challenging me, and I've loved that.”

“[They] have always been amazing in terms of allowing me in that room … and collaborating with them and it's never been like they've been keeping a big secret from me until the last minute and then telling me there's a clone. But this season, I've had a lot of time to prep for the new people that we meet, and we had two weeks of rehearsals so it was nice. It was like a luxury.”

The 30-year-old also said actors are built to embody all of these characters, and that she never saw the show’s critical success coming when she first auditioned back in 2012.

“I had no forethought,” said Maslany. “I wanted it so badly and the audition alone was honestly so much fun and kind of the only focus I had was - can I get this job?”

Now that she has the gig, it’s not a question of where the show picks up for who but instead, for whom. Maslany said single mom Sarah quickly finds herself “restless” in her Icelandic hideaway and “falls back into the mystery” of the clone conspiracy. Meanwhile, pregnant assassin Helena is living in a “very domestic situation” though she’s “not built for that.” Maslany also hints Alison — a newly elected-school trustee, reformed prescription drug dealer and murderer — could continue to follow her dark side.

Now, this is one story we cannot wait to follow.

Orphan Black returns on a new night and time, beginning on April 14 at 10 p.m. ET on Space.

Stay tuned to etalk to see Maslany’s interview with Mulroney.
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