Last weekend was big for #CloneClub because actress Tatiana Maslany won the Emmy for Best Actress for playing multiple characters on Orphan Black. She’s won other awards, but I felt the Emmy somehow made up for all the times Tatiana was ignored. Although I’ve been known to roll my eyes when they introduce yet another clone on Orphan Black, I often forget that’s it Tatiana playing all of them. She’s truly able to make each clone distinguishable and unique.
While Orphan Black is not based on a book or comic, Tatiana has appeared in a number of book to movie adaptations over the years, including:
The Robber Bride by Margaret Atwood – Adapted in 2007 as a made for TV movie starring Mary-Louise Parker and Wendy Crewson about a woman who steals the lovers of her friends, but what truly happens and who all of the characters claim to be is shrouded in mystery and deception. Tatiana plays August, the daughter of one of the women.
The Vow (2012) based on the memoir by Kim and Krickitt Carpenter and staring Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams. The story is about a marriage that’s torn apart when the wife can’t remember her husband and the love they share following a car accident. Tatiana plays Channing Tatum’s friend and they had such good chemistry, I actually thought they were going to hook up. Sorry, Channing does not dance in this movie.
The Lady in Gold: The Extraordinary Tale of Gustav Klimt’s Masterpiece by Anne-Marie O’Connor and renamed The Woman In Gold (2015). The movie stars Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds and is based on the true story of Marie Altmann who in her old age goes to court to reclaim a painting of her aunt that was stolen by the Nazis during World War II. Tatiana plays the younger version of Marie Altmann. I actually started reading this book, but wasn’t in the mood and put it aside.
World Without End by Ken Follett is the sequel to the author’s first book in the series, The Pillars of the Earth. Adapted into an eight episode series, the sequel picks up 150 years afterwards and follows the people of Kingsbridge at the start of the Hundred Years’ War. Tatiana plays Sister Mair, a nun who becomes the travel companion of one of the book’s central characters.
Fun fact: Tatiana met her current partner, Tom Cullen, filming World Without End. You may know Tom best as Lord Gillingham who spent many a season wooing Mary Crawley on Downton Abbey.
Have you read these books or seen the movie adaptations? Are you a fan of Orphan Black?he