Tatiana Maslany, often regarded as the hardest-working woman in television, was enjoying a rare chance to “be a homebody” while vacationing in Prague on Thursday when duty called — but for celebratory purposes.
The Regina native learned she had received her second best lead actress in a drama Emmy nomination, for playing multiple clones with varying personalities and accents in “Orphan Black.”
The news was exciting and even more shocking the second time around, Maslany said, noting it’s a “super big honour” for the Toronto-shot show that airs on Space and BBC America.
“Orphan Black,” hearing that name at the Emmys opposite shows like ‘Transparent’ and ‘Mr. Robot’ and ‘House of Cards,’ all of these incredible, innovative shows that are really changing television,” marvelled the 30-year-old in a phone interview.
“It’s just cool to be a part of this awesome movement of TV taking over where cinema has lacked.”
Maslany was also nominated for an Emmy for her “Orphan Black” roles last year and a Golden Globe in 2023. The sci-fi thriller recently aired its fourth season and the next season will be its final one.
This Emmy nod comes after a big year in which she not only had to play new clones, she also took on several other projects — from “oJack Horseman” to “obot Chicken” and the film “Two Lovers and a Bear.”
“I felt really creatively stimulated this year,” said Maslany. “The two movies I got to do over the hiatus before the fourth season were really near and dear to my heart and just reignited my excitement about acting and gave me a new perspective.
“I got to work with amazing actors and directors and that stuff just opens your mind. So as tired as I was, I guess I felt really rejuvenated and ready to play more in Orphan Black.