Kathryn Alexandre, Tatiana Maslany’s acting double on ORPHAN BLACK, talks about the complexities of mimicking the clones!
Tatiana Maslany doesn’t have an easy job on ORPHAN BLACK, where she plays several different clone characters with unique attitudes, body language, and accents. But neither does her acting double, Kathryn Alexandre. She’s charged with interacting with Maslany realistically whenever two clones are having a conversation together, recreating the characters’ original qualities created by the star.
In a new interview, Alexandre is talking about how she got the role, the quirks and challenges of imitation, and her original character on the show!
On her favorite clone:
There’s no other character like Helena. So you really need to shed everything of yourself and get really raw emotion because that’s kind of what she is — she’s almost like an open wound and she is so emotional and so animalistic and childlike and innocent but also has done all of these horrible things.
On the infamous clone dance party scene:
We all had taped out squares on the floor in which we could move and we couldn’t override those boundaries at all. It was physically exhausting too, dancing that often, and I predominantly played Helena who was head-banging the entire time. I think I got a bit of whiplash after the first day actually. [Laughs.]
On playing Alexis, the midwife of the Prolethean cult:
It’s kind of neat for the camera crew and they’ll be saying, “it’s nice to be looking at your face for once, Kathryn — we don’t have to hide you and you can use all of your arms and you can use your voice and you can have full access to every part of your body and we can film it!” So it’s a lot of fun to delve into that and it’s neat to have a different dynamic with Tatiana.