Over the last few years, Tatiana Maslany has received endless praise for her incredible portrayal of not one but 8+ different characters oh her hit show Orphan Black. But to prove there’s even more to her than just great acting, we’re here to tell you how the chameleon-like star became a feminist powerhouse.
There is so much to love about Tatiana Maslany.
She’s beautiful, endlessly talented (just try counting the members of her #cloneclub), openly compassionate, and fiercely dedicated to the women’s rights agenda throughout the world.
Raised to be Bolder
Tatiana was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, to a woodworker father and a translator mother, who immersed her a world of language and culture.
From her earliest days, her worldview was made wide and pliable, by parents who made certain she understood that there is so much beyond the city in which she lived.
This immersion taught her to see others as herself and to put herself into the life experience and culture of worlds not her own.
We can see how this upbringing made her the perfect fit for her many characters in Orphan Black, and if you’re one of those rare people who’s never seen it, you seriously should!
Tatiana’s early education of cultural awareness would pave the way for Tatiana’s passion for promoting women’s rights.
Marching to the Beat of Her Own Drum
During the Women’s March on Washington, the actress posted how disappointed she was that she couldn’t attend, but made sure we knew that every single one of her clones would have been there.
“Sending love solidarity and strength to everyone across the world marching for human rights.”
She’s also an outspoken critic of the sexism women experience in Hollywood.
In 2015, she told People Magazine that she refused to “shave her mustache,” that she was proud of the body she’d been blessed with and that female beauty was much more varied than what Hollywood tries to convince us it is.
She’s a woman who uses her talents, and occupation, as a platform for changing the world in which she lives, and in the places where she has some influence.
“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,”
Maslany tells PEOPLE.
“Seventy or 80 percent of the people on set are male – directors, writers, producers, people in positions of power, but that’s shifting too.”
She speaks openly about encouraging young women to feel proud of who they are, as they are, and not to subject themselves to some kind of manufactured beauty or gender role standard.
She’s not only a powerhouse actress; Tatiana Maslany is also a role model for women and girls of all ages, sizes, and cultures. This is why we love her.