Press Tour: 'Orphan Black' to feature 'tough decisions' in season 2
Plus, the first scene of the new season is screened
As for a raft of new clones joining the mix, Manson said, "It's not like we haven't thought of it, but it's not territory we're treading. Like Tat said, we're really enjoying digging deeper into them. We're shooting episode eight and it still feels like we have a long way to go with all of these characters… as long as we don't exhaust Tat."
When asked which clone has been the most difficult, Maslany said, "The one who scared me the most was Alison. When I was approaching the character for the first time, I wasn't willing to admit she was so much a part of me. So she was a hard one to dig into or find sympathy for and now I love her. I found Rachel to be really daunting as well because of her entitlement and her wealth and power. But that's what's so awesome, because I get to try things people wouldn't cast me as otherwise."
"Power CEO, that's her general day to day vibe," joked Gavaris. "That and psychopath."
Maslany helpfully explained how multiple clone scenes are created from a technical perspective. "We do it one character at a time. So we have to block it all out before hand. It's such a technical, structured sort of process. I'll block it as one character, make sure it's all good… then do all of Alison's stuff, then go leave, change for an hour and a half, and do Sarah."
"It gets even more complicated when you add another character, like my character or Paul," Gavaris added. "I still have to respond to two other clones, which is when the tennis balls come into play. Those incredible, artistic tennis balls."
Gavaris also spoke about how Felix is going to be expanded as a character in season two. "[We're digging] hugely deeper. That was something I think we talked about, the rumbling of what would happen. In season one, he was an integral cog in the mystery, and now what happens in season two is it establishes him outside of clones, as a multifaceted human, not just a plot device or someone to facilitate whatever crazy idea Sarah has that day. It's really important, because he's a living breathing person."
"His relationship with Sarah is tested," Manson added. "He [also] creates new relationships with some of the other clones."
"There's a really tough decision that's going to be made," Gavaris said. "A lot of relationships are tested, especially Felix and Sarah's."
But will Felix ever find love? "At the bottom of a bottle," Gavaris joked.
But has Maslany learned anything she can apply to her daily life from playing so many clones? "You know, when you hit people in the head with golf clubs," Gavaris said, smiling.
"I think I've learned a lot from Sarah, from her strength, and she's such a survivor and she's so gutsy about getting what she wants. I've learned a lot from her. She comes up in life when I need her, which sounds really arty but it's true. Because you're really revealing something about yourself in a more fleshed out way."
"You never want to ask Tat for a favor when she's in character as Alison," Manson quipped.
Now that the show is in season two, has Maslany gotten comfortable with her clone duties? "No, I think that's what kept us, I think we're still discovering it, and as writers it poses challenges too. Getting comfortable with it would be dangerous. As artists, you always want to push yourself… what's the next thing? Maybe technically I've become more comfortable in the tech scenes."
"We are gonna take some risks with our premise with the second season and push technically what we've done, and our actors are pushing the limits as well," Manson said.
"We have asked ourselves if we're going to be able to pull this off, which is the best place to be. We're scared every day," Gavaris said.
"It's such a risk," Maslany added. "The initial concept of it, it's what drew us to it. It's so scary… but you go full force."
Of course, it was only a matter of time between the issue of the Golden Globes was broached. Has this recognition changed Maslany in any way? "She doesn't return my calls," Garavis joked.
"First off, we were completely blown away, or I was, to the critical response we received," Maslany explained. "Everyone who promoted it by discussing it, analyzing it... we're a niche, odd little show that could have fallen under the radar, [but] people were talking about it and got it out to a larger audience. It's wild to be seen differently, to have more visibility. I'm an actor, I like having attention, I guess. There's a reason I like being on camera -- that feedback, [in today's world] the response, it comes at you pretty fast. It's rewarding to hear people say they enjoy the show. The Golden Globes thing is wild. I'm blown away by it. It's totally out of my league."