Anyone who is a fan of Orphan Black, or anyone who keeps their ear to the ground when it comes to Hollywood, will be familiar with Tatiana Maslany.
Tatiana is currently being lauded as one of the most talented actresses on TV, and it shows – she has just been nominated for an Emmy award, due to her performance of anywhere between three and six clones in any given episode.
But it doesn’t stop there with her, it seems she is equally fierce off screen, and is not afraid to challenge some long set ideals. That being, Hollywood’s often ridiculous standards of beauty.
In a recent interview with People, she had this to say: “I don’t think that any woman in this industry hasn’t [experienced sexism] – I think we all have in various ways, and sometimes you can’t even tell that it’s happening because it’s so ingrained in the way things are structured. Seventy or 80 percent of the people on set are male – directors, writers, producers, people in positions of power, but that’s shifting too.”
Tatiana then went on to say that she “can’t even name the number of times” she has personally experienced sexism.
“Like being told, ‘Let’s not talk about that, sweetheart,’ if I have an issue with being hit on by a 50-year-old when I was 17 and on set. It’s never ending. Being put into this little outfit that showed my midriff in a scene where I’m supposed to be grieving the death of a family member, and it’s like, ‘Make sure that her belly button is showing’ – it’s just pathetic. It’s so pathetic.”
Then, Tatiana was asked if she has ever been requested to change her physical appearance for a role and recalled when she was once asked to shave her armpits: “…And wax my mustache, which I refused to do! I’ll do it if the part calls for it and it makes sense. Sometimes it’s not worth being political about it. There’s a point where I have to separate my own political values versus the character I’m playing.”
However, Tatiana has hope that positive change may be in it’s way.
“I can’t imagine that it’s going to stay stuck like this. I hope not! People are too upset, people are too pissed off and too many strong voices are now being heard. There is a big shift happening, and I think we are at the messy puberty stages of it right now, but I hope that at some point it becomes the default that every racial group has their own stories that are being told that aren’t stereotypical. It’s just about bringing that sensitivity, your emotional life and your understanding of humanity that women have that’s different to men.”