Members of the Clone Club are rejoicing now that the second season of the critically acclaimed "Orphan Black" premieres on Saturday night. The BBC America conspiracy thriller hits the ground running with Sarah (Tatiana Maslany, who plays all the clones) in a desperate race to find her missing daughter Kira (Skyler Wexler) -- a wild pursuit that brings her head-to-head with ruthless pro-clone, Rachel.
Season 2 also rejoins Sarah's clone sisters Alison and Cosima as they struggle to keep their clone world a secret and pick up the pieces of their broken lives -- all while dealing with the harsh reality that no one around them can be trusted.
"It is getting taken to another level," Maslany said in an interview about Season 2. "We talked about the deepening of all the story lines and of the characters, and the fleshing out of their world. I think that's definitely what we start to do in this season and sort of challenging them, challenging what we know about them."
Tatiana Maslany also reveals how she develops each clone, how the look is key to finding the character, how she deals with dialects, which clone is most like her, and more.
Playing so many different clones, it must be so exhausting. How do you keep your energy?
Honestly, I don't know. It just sort of happens. I think I'm running on adrenaline a little when we're shooting because it's sort of a nonstop. As soon as I have time to sit down then I will fall asleep. If I keep going, which is most days, then it just sort of perpetuates itself. I don't know. I'm so inspired and stimulated by the work that it doesn't ever feel like work.
For each character, is there a physical touchstone that almost helps you activate, like the wig or a certain piece of clothing?
Yeah, the look. Often when the wig goes on because the makeup's on at that point, it's like then I see myself and I see that person. So much of how you look at yourself in the mirror reflects how you feel about yourself and you comport yourself. I sort of take that in and amplify it. The hair and makeup, it just really puts me there.
Sarah's proven how strong she's been, but now with her family in danger, will we really see her up it even more?
Yeah. I think Sarah's desperation is amplified this season. You see the first scene and in a way it's an echo back to her on her own on a phone trying to get in touch with Kira and with her family. This year's different. Every alliance in her life has changed. Every dynamic has shifted and nothing is certain anymore. She doesn't know who to trust. A war begins really with her and Rachel this season, and because of her desperation, she's a wild animal at this point.
How do you go about developing the different clones?
[The producers and writers] comes up with the idea of what that clone might be contributing to the series and then we start to spitball who that person could be, where that person's from, and dialect then comes in to play because is it somebody who's coming from afar, is it somebody within our range kind of thing? They're really amazing about kind of keeping it collaborative, which is a complete dream for me. I don't think you get that in television very often, so I feel really lucky.
Fans will go crazy over one of these characters, right? These types of shows, you're playing seven, I would imagine you've probably had some very bizarre fan reactions because you have seven times the possibility for people to get obsessed with your character. What have some of those been? How weird has it been? People feel like they know seven sides of you, right, or however many it is now.
It's interesting, Cosima's been the one that I think a lot of people have really attached to. Especially, the younger women have really attached themselves to Cosima which makes, I think, the next season the stakes very high because of her struggle with her illness and everything. The most bizarre demographics come up to me. Men in their 50s come up to me and they're like, "Alison's my favorite. I hated her at first and now I love her." I don't know what that says about people's psychology, but I think everybody can kind of relate to a different one and it's awesome. It's exciting to me.
Which is the closest to you?
They're all a mash up. Alison, unfortunately, is probably pretty close to who I am, but they all have bits of me in them, for sure.
Did you have to do a lot of work on mastering all those accents?
Yeah, I've got an amazing dialect coach, John Nelles, who works with me every single day on every dialect, and is there to watch that while I get to do the scene work. Eventually, you work on the dialect as much as you can beforehand and then you just trust that you have it there, and whatever comes out is the voice of the character. Dialect stuff is awesome. I love working on it.
Has playing these roles changed the way you're going to approach future roles?
Yeah, I think I've learned a lot about process and about commitment, and I've learned a lot from the actors on the show with me. Jordan's incredible. Getting to work with him every day, you learn from the actors you're working with, and I've taken a lot from all of them, so I don't think I'll ever approach a character the same way that I used to.
It doesn't look promising, really because suddenly just when you thought, now he's really in cahoots with Rachel. What's going on there? Is there hope for them still?
I think Paul and Sarah – you're holding onto hope. Paul's amazing. I think all of the relationships become tested. I don't think any of them are stable. Cosima and Delphine are in a very precarious place. Donnie and Alison are in a precarious place. Sarah and Kira, Sarah and Mrs. S, Sarah and Felix, and Sarah and Paul. I think every single relationship, by the time we got to the end of the season, we had no clue what our footing was. This year is definitely a continuation of that distrust. We start to see alliances formed with different people that maybe we didn't expect. It's pretty interesting, the dynamics.
"Orphan Black" returns for its second season on Saturday, April 19, 9:00pm ET/PT on BBC America.