After watching the movie Cloud Atlas, we were pretty convinced that no actor should ever be asked to play more than three roles in a drama. If even the talented Tom Hanks could struggle on screen, which other thespian could possibly embody multiple characters and have audiences believe they were different people each time? Tatiana Maslany, that's who! And it's why she's our woman crush this week.
The 28-year old Canadian actress is the star of BBC America's, Orphan Black, a sci-fi drama series about clones, where Maslany plays most of the female leads and some male characters as well. At last count she plays four leading roles and nine other supporting ones, all with such depth and panache, you truly forget you're watching one person in action. Thanks to her flawless acting, we've been glued to Apple TV for weeks and turned several other friends into members of the Clone Club (the nickname for Orphan Black's sci fi fans).
Her rich and convincing portrayal as the many clone 'sisters' has given the star and the series an opportunity to connect with a broad range of women, and is a huge reason for the show's success. Streetwise, proper, vulnerable, commanding, psychotic, studious, there's a little bit of her in all of us. Already the winner of several Critics Choice Awards, this year the Television Academy has finally taken notice (or perhaps read all the fanatical social media buzz) and Maslany has finally received her first Emmy nomination. With the awards in less than two week on 20 September, there are no prizes for guessing who we're rooting for.
For last week's #WomanCrushWednesday, click here