“I wish people wouldn't just see me as the Asian girl who beats everyone up, or the Asian girl with no emotion. People see Julia Roberts or Sandra Bullock in a romantic comedy, but not me. You add race to it, and it became, 'Well, she's too Asian', or, ‘She's too American’. I kind of got pushed out of both categories. It's a very strange place to be. You're not Asian enough and then you're not American enough, so it gets really frustrating.”- Lucy Liu, in this interview with Net-A-Porter
Though it's so interesting to me that it's like Hollywood and/or the rest of the media world has a hard time conceiving what an "Asian American" is. Be "Asian" or "American," but not "Asian" and
BuzzFeed sat down with "Orphan Black"'s co-creators Graeme Manson and John Fawcett and lead actress Tatiana Maslany. It's an interesting interview
Tatiana, you’re doing so many different dialects and accents and voices. What was your technical process?
Tatiana Maslany: I’m really lucky to have a dialect coach who helps me to be really specific and who kind of takes care of watching me from the outside while I’m doing the scene work. But it’s a matter of staying within the accent all day when I’m playing Sarah, or then I’m playing Helena and I’m speaking with Ukrainian sounds. Just to kind of keep it flowing all day, and just stay in it. Technically, the vocal placement of each character is different, and culturally it says something about who they are and where they come from — like, Graeme was saying that whole nature/nurture idea. It’s just all really fascinating. As much as it’s technical and dialect and all that, it’s less so about getting that super right and more so about exploring these different aspects of humanity.
John Fawcett: Plus, Tatiana dances.
TM: My Alison dance? Is that what you meant?
JF: You do an Alison dance. You do a Cosima dance. I’ve seen a Helena dance.
What is this? What are you talking about?
TM: Just to kind of physically change the way that I’m moving. Like, Alison is a ballet dancer. On set between takes, I’ll be doing — whatever — port de bras, and things that are very rigid, very specific, very elegant and feminine uptight movement. For Cosima, she’s, like, this rave dancer. If she had glow sticks, she’d be, like, vibing out on them. Helena’s dance happens privately in my trailer.
What's the Sarah dance? Surely, Maslany has to pull out the Sarah dance way more often than all the others! But this makes so much sense. And kind of just makes my actress crush on Tatiana Maslany more massive. (The sheer technicality of what she has to do is so mind-blowingly nuts
that I can't help but be a little bit in awe of her when I take the time to break down her performance. I realize that in the clip you can see Maslany doing ballet as Alison. Just look at all that different body language!)
"Orphan Black" makes me think so many thoughts. I broke down and looked at the Tumblr tags. I was trying to avoid it because I knew it would be everyone asking questions at each other because that's what this show does, makes you ask lots and lots of questions, and with none of us having answers, that would have just driven me a little crazy. What I found was a lot of usual fandom things--shipping and edits and speculations and "what fandom name do we slap onto this thing?" ("Cosine" for Cosima/Delphine makes so much geeky sense, but it's true that it could be confusing in the tags)--and yet also lots of interesting discussions about biology, epigenetics, sociological psychology, and ethics and morals, and how all these things fit into theories people are floating around regarding what is going on in the show.
I could easily go on for thousands of words on any of my millions of questions, but I just want to stew in some Cosima and Delphine thoughts because I'm so fascinated by the 1000 ways this could play out. I mean, SERIOUSLY, what the hell is going on? What the hell will go on? What is going on in their heads?( Delicious, delicious spoilers.Collapse )
Is it tomorrow night yet (and will I be able to watch it in real-time, omg, you better work with me, schedule) and will I get some more answers? Yes? Yes? Pretty please?
Now have some completely unrelated Canadian actresses Amanda Brugel, Shannon Beckner, and Zoie Palmer being RIDICULOUS (for charity):
(Btw, did you know that everything sci-fi basically comes out of Canada now? Orphan Black, Lost Girl, Defiance, Warehouse 13--all filmed in Canada. CANADA!)
ETA: OMFG, THERE IS A SNEAK PEAK AND IT'S ON 'TIL THE BREAK OF DAWN
, YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS. I just. Playing each other. Spy vs. Spy. Scientifically. YES. YES.