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Throwback Thursday: Tatiana Maslany Makes Her Mark

Claire Danes, Julianna Margulies, Keri Russell, Elisabeth Moss, Vera Farmiga: all these actresses have been familiar TV names for years.

The same applies to Tatiana Maslany, really -- but when she beat them all at last month's Critic's Choice Awards, Maslany's win came to some as a shocker. Where'd this lady come from?

The answer: Canada, by way of numerous CBC programs.

Currently starring on sci-fi thriller Orphan Black, on which the Regina native plays a host of different cloned characters, Maslany's been on CBC since the earliest days of her career. She appeared on TV movie The Robber Bride and mini-series Prairie Giant: The Tommy Douglas Story. On Being Erica, she was the prodigal daughter of Erica's time-travelling shrink, Dr. Tom. And the Heartland faithful will always know her as Ty's barrel-racing ex-girlfriend, Kit Bailey.

With Emmy buzz for Orphan Black building, though, Maslany talked to CBC's Q this week about how her career is evolving.

"Honestly, taking the job and stepping into this character and these characters was where I felt a shift," Maslany said on Q. "Just getting that part felt like a change, because the character is a lot more grown-up than anything I've been lucky enough to play in the past cause I always get cast as 12-year-olds."

This Throwback Thursday, we're going way back to 2006 when Maslany wasn't playing a 12-year-old, exactly, but something close to it. That year, she starred in TV movie Booky Makes Her Mark, playing a plucky Depression-era teen opposite Megan Follows.

Watch the trailer, which features such aw-shucks details as a rousing game of "Kick the Can," by clicking the photo below:


For Maslany's full interview with Jian Ghomeshi, visit the Q website.

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