The adventures of Sarah and her Sestras came to a conclusion on Saturday when “Orphan Black” ended its five-season run.
It’s been an incredible ride for Tatiana Maslany, the Saskatchewan-born actress who dazzled viewers with her Emmy-winning performance of numerous clones caught up in a vast conspiracy, and opens up about the finale in interviews with several publications.
Speaking with Marie Claire, Maslany, 31, admits that when she initially landed the role, she had no idea she’d be portraying so many different characters, or any knowledge of the conspiracy-driven storyline that would unravel.
“I knew up to episode two,” Maslany tells Marie Claire. “I didn’t even know Helena existed until I was on set filming episode two of season one, and saw the next script and she shows up in episode three. I didn’t know anything about where the plot was going. I was just like, ‘How do we do this? How is this going to be possible?’ What a cool challenge to face.”
Asked which clone she most enjoyed playing, her answer is surprising. “I enjoyed playing Rachel the most. She is completely opposite of anybody I’d ever be cast as otherwise. She terrified me constantly,” she says. “There’s something about Helena or Alison or Sarah or Cosima that I can physically feel, that I understand, but Rachel was so different, so contained, so entitled and powerful and elegant, moneyed and all of that, which is everything I sort of judge and don’t feel connected to. So it was really fun to always find the empathy with her and find what the connection was there.”
Now that it’s all over, Maslany is hopeful fans respond positively to the finale, which brought about a happy ending for the Sestras.
“Yeah, I think it definitely felt right,” Maslany says in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. “I’m always fond of series that finishes on their own terms before they sort of wear out their stay, you know? Like, I always look at British series, like ‘The Office’ that had two seasons, and then a Christmas special, and that was it. And it kind of leaves it in this place of you always want more from it. I think it’s great that we were able to end on our own terms, and I definitely feel like it was the right time, because you don’t want to get watered down, and you want to still be telling a strong, forward flowing story.”
“If there was some story that we really wanted to tell that fit in the ‘OB’ universe and it was vital and different and new then that would be super cool. But we finished this before it trailed on too long so hopefully it left people wanting more as opposed to being like, ‘Thank God that’s over,'” she tells The Hollywood Reporter.
“We’ve had such a good run with Clone Club and it’s been the whole reason people have watched the show, so I don’t know what that’s going to look like in the future,” she adds. “It’s all been so moving… This fan base has been so supportive and fans across the world have been supporting each other and taking care of each other… that’s just the coolest thing.”
Personally, Maslany admits that it’s bittersweet to see “Orphan Black” come to an end. “I’m so sad — I’m in denial that it’s done,” she tells EW. “And we’ve had to say so many goodbyes in terms of on the set saying goodbye to each character, and each clone as we kind of wrapped everybody. And then we had our last Paley Fest, and then we had all these lasts. And now the finale is out. Yeah, it’s still sad, as sad as it was when we got the finale script.”