Tatiana Maslany on why making Orphan Black is so much more 'daunting' in season two

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Apr 16, 2014, 1:52 PM EDT (Updated)

We’re just a few days away from the second season of BBC America’s breakout hit Orphan Black, and star Tatiana Maslany has opened up about the process. Turns out year two is a whole lot harder.

The extremely talented actress, who plays about a half-dozen roles on the clone-tastic sci-fi series, chatted with Entertainment Weekly about season two, and how things have changed since the series became a critical darling.

The big change? They’re no longer making the series in a bubble with zero expectations, and Maslany said that has definitely changed the mood around the set and their approach. They know people actually want to watch the series, so that ups the ante when it comes to quality.

Thankfully, it sounds like they’re taking the attention as a challenge to blow us all away. Here’s hoping, anyway:

“I think initially it was really daunting to come back to it because of that response. Because it feels like there’s more freedom when you can work in a vacuum and you don’t know what it’s going to be and it could’ve been a huge flop. So there’s a huge risk that you can take without the public eye. And now it’s like, we take the risks with the knowledge that people are watching it and with the knowledge that people have an investment in these characters, and that they’ll feel upset or they’ll feel excited and their reaction is so visceral and so present and so immediate, too, with Twitterverse and all that stuff.

But as we get deeper into it it’s just like, oh, right, it’s about the storytelling and that’s why people respond to it. So just silencing that noise on the outside was the trick in the first month, for me, because it’s such a loud noise, and a great noise, but as an actor, you have to tell the story. You can’t think about every single’s person’s opinion or alliances with characters or whatever.”

The second season of Orphan Black debuts April 19 on BBC America. Do you think year two can match the awesomeness of the debut season?

(Via Entertainment Weekly)

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