If you wanted another reason to love Orphan Black actress Tatiana Maslany, here’s one: her powerful words regarding the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
In a recent interview with glaad, the Canadian actress grew visibly emotional when asked why she’s such a strong ally of the LGBT community.
“It’s just a no-brainer to me. It just makes no sense that there wouldn’t be support for the community. That there even has to be a separate community,” she said.
“I don’t understand why there’s a line drawn.”
Maslany’s role in Orphan Black has her portraying many different characters in the show, some of which are a part of the LGBT community, including bisexual Cosima and transgender Tony. And, what’s more, her character’s best friend in the series is a gay man, Felix Dawkins.
“We offer a good representation in terms of complex characters that aren’t defined necessarily just by their sexuality but by every facet of what it is to be a person,” Maslany noted.
In the interview, Maslany goes on to commend the writers and director on the show’s ability to portray Cosima and Delphine’s relationship in a light that isn’t overly sexualized.
“They’re no on show. They’re not on display for the male gaze. They’re not sexualized in that way but they are sexual with each other. It’s about the love between them, it’s not about the fact that they’re two women,” she told glaad.
Maslany has been an outspoken supporter for the LGBT community for quite some time. At Comic-Con 2014, Maslany teared up when a fan asked her how it felt to be “saving lives” with her positive portrayal of a lesbian character.
The more we hear from Maslany, the more we like her and what she’s about. Sure, it helps that her acting is phenomenal and she’s a part of a genuinely unique TV series that has a lot of eyes on it. But, the way she carries herself in interviews and uses the platforms available to her to voice her support for the LGBT community is most admirable.
[via Global News]