Tatiana Maslany made a distinct impression on television with her multiple performances as Sarah Manning and her many clones throughout five seasons of Orphan Black. Now, she’s the star of a show that’s infinitely more visible and mainstream but still manages to go against the grain, Marvel’s She-Hulk: Attorney-at-Law on Disney+.
Awards Radar had the chance to speak with Maslany about the physical process of playing a larger-than-life character:
“The process was so informative, actually, because there’s this massive technical learning curve, for me, at least. When I’m playing She-Hulk, I’m in this mo-cap suit that feels nothing like what the character ends up looking like. I feel like I’m a little kid in pajamas, with a helmet on, and I’ve got a camera here in front of my face, so it makes connecting with your fellow actor a different experience. There’s something they have to look around, and for them too, they’re looking at me while I’m walking on these platforms, or they’re looking at a little face of mine that’s stuck to a helmet on my head so they can keep the eyeline. There’s a lot of elements that would make it incredibly difficult to connect as actors, but I think it’s also informative, in terms of, for me at least, Jen doesn’t feel like she’s a different person when she’s She-Hulk. The response of everyone else to her of like, whoa, is destabilizing for her.”
She laughed recalling the line about “smashing Matt Murdock” sometimes:
“This was this idea that we talked about a lot in the double standard of what Bruce is allowed to do versus how little I’m allowed to destroy anything and then immediately am punished tenfold. But that line, the smashing Matt Murdock, was Zeb Wells’ line, and I think he threw it at me before that take or something, and then, yeah, it was just classic She-Hulk.”
Watch the full conversation below.
Season one of She-Hulk: Attorney-at-Law is available to stream on Disney+.