The Orphan Black star cites several incidents before she was famous.
Tatiana Maslany is best known as the unbelievably talented actress who plays many different roles on the BBC America show Orphan Black. Her role has really stretched what it means to be a female actress in today's world - she plays a punk rock mother with a tender heart but a big mouth, a geeky scientist who falls in love too easily, a soccer mom with an addiction problem, a scary killer with a soft side for family, and a stone cold executive with an Achilles heel the size of her parents. For her dynamic roles, Tatiana earned herself a Best Actress in a Drama nomination, which is why she is getting some great publicity. Her nomination came as a surprise because was considered a snub in years past for better seasons.
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Still, true to form, Tatiana is using her platform to talk about some of the sexism she encounters now and encountered as a struggling actress. She gave an interview to People Magazine that has some up in arms:
Every woman has experienced sexism: “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.”
Experiences with 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.”
She’s been asked to alter her appearance: Maslany recalls being 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.”
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Some of Tatiana's stories are truly heinous. Hopefully with more people like her in acting, they won't be able to get away with so much.