Tatiana Maslany, Ari Millen Talks Male Clones Usurping ‘Orphan Black’ Season 3 Before The Premiere


Tatiana Maslany
Tatiana Maslany

Before the premiere of “Orphan Black” season 3, two actors portraying clones this season have some interesting observations on the male-female dynamic now that male clones are introduced to the series.

For Tatiana Maslany, having played a plethora of characters for “Orphan Black,” the introduction of male clones does not concern her in terms of season 3 remaining a female-centric series.

“The show is definitely done from a woman’s perspective, and that’s something we defend,” said Maslany to Adweek .

“That will continue.

But we will get a lot of Ari’s character [Ari Millen, playing multiple male clones] who takes on major storylines.

And we have guest stars in recurring roles like James Frain.

We’re expanding the world.” For Millen, the prospect of playing male clones will help deepen “Orphan Black’s” mythology.

“I definitely think it adds to the conspiracy of it all,” said Millen to TVLine .

“I don’t think it’s a far stretch if there is a cloning program and there were women clones; of course there’s going to be male clones.

And it just so happens that it’s the military doing the cloning, doing the science.

So it’s only going to deepen the conspiracy, darken things.

We’re not there to give them an easy time, that’s for sure.” But for Tatiana Maslany, “Orphan Black” season 3 will remain centered on its feministic tone.

“It was intended to be this exploration of nature/nurture, and a lead role like that may not normally go to a woman,” continued the 29-year-old.

“Women aren’t often the default in movies, TV, media-there’s often very limited space for them.

But it’s exciting to mine these stories and see a show that puts women at the center of it.”    

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