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Let's All Meet the Unsung Hero of 'Orphan Black'

By Genevieve Burgess | Industry | April 24, 2014 |

By Genevieve Burgess | Industry | April 24, 2014 |

One of the most impressive things about the sci-fi thrill ride Orphan Black is actress Tatiana Maslany’s ability to shift between four (or more) main characters so completely that it’s virtually unnoticeable. It’s easy to forget that you’re watching one actress play against herself.

However, she apparently isn’t exactly playing against herself. Instead of just hiring a stand-in to double Maslany in scenes where she’s playing two parts, the creators of the show hired an actress who would actually act out the part. Kathryn Alexandre is the woman behind… all the women. But while Tatiana gets all the accolades (or she WILL, any day now I’m sure), Alexandre gets a 1:36 featurette on Buzzfeed that I’m not able to embed. But you should definitely go watch it, as it’s great to meet this talented actress and a little freaky to watch a scene where someone else is playing Sarah.

The good news is that according to that interview, Kathryn Alexandre’s face will be seen this season in Episode 9. I’ll definitely been keeping an eye out for her. And I apologize for ruining the fantasy that there are actually several women who look like Tatiana Maslany running around. I know this is a huge disappointment for some of you.

Genevieve Burgess is a Features Contributor for Pajiba. You can follow Genevieve Burgess on Twitter.

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