Pajiba 10 For Your Consideration: Tatiana Maslany
We've told you more than once to check out BBC America's immensely entertaining series "Orphan Black." This clone drama gets a little crazy, but most agree it is always worth watching because of lead actress Tatiana Maslany. Give this girl a wig and an accent, and she easily transforms into different characters, each with distinct personalities and mannerisms. Maslany's powerhouse performance(s) more than make up for the series' shortcomings -- and there aren't many. Her Critics' Choice Award for Best Actress in a Drama Series is well-deserved, and the show is fun and addictive.
Maslany, 27, can certainly be dolled up to fit the starlet role, but on the series and in most public appearances, she isn't presented in a conventional Hollywood way. She is beautiful, and she's not afraid to be dressed down, girl-next-door approachable. She is slim, muscular and a little boyish. She's a chameleon, which makes her not only perfect for her "Orphan Black" role but as someone worth watching -- you never know when she's going to surprise you next. And let's be honest, she knows how to hold her own in love scenes. (The gifs used below are tame compared to what all is available on tumblr.) With different characters come different love interests, both male and female, so there's enough shipping possibilities to please everyone.
Maslany deserves your Pajiba 10 vote because, well, she's perfect for Pajiba. She stars in a genre show on a cable network that has a devoted/fanatic following but isn't as widely known as it deserves. She's beautiful, and she could kick all of our asses.
** Updated to include a picture of Helena at TK's request. "SO HOT," he says. **