Last year, Tatiana Maslany was finally nominated for an Emmy for her tour de force performance on Orphan Black, and this year, the “#EmmyForMaslany” campaign went the distance, putting a statue in the hands of one of television’s most deserving actresses.
It can be easy to overlook Maslany’s performance on the BBC America sci-fi series. She falls so seamlessly into character as the multitude of Project Leda clones that at times it’s hard to remember that at least a half dozen of the show’s most compelling characters are playing by the same remarkable actress. Often, with the help of body double Kathryn Alexandre, Maslany even appears as multiple characters within the same scene.
“There are so many people I feel so indebted to,” Maslany, 30, gushed as she accepted her award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, thanking the show’s creators, Graeme Manson and John Fawcett “for this incredible dream job.”
“I feel so lucky to be on a show that puts women at the center,” continued the Canadian actress, who also thanked her family, boyfriend Tom Cullen, and the Orphan Black cast and crew. “Thank you so much to the Academy.”
Backstage, Maslany gushed to reporters about the win, which she says she "didn't expect at all," and what's it's like to play so many diverse, "bada**" women (and at least one man, in transgender clone Tony).
"It's really become a point of pride I think, for all of us on the show, and the response after the first season was so much positivity in terms of representation in the way the young girls are seeing themselves portrayed on screen," she gushed. "The LGBT community, as well, really supported us and it's just been incredible."
As for how Maslany plans to celebrate her win? "I'm going dancing," she told ET's Kevin Frazier. "I'm going to dance." Clone Club dance party!
On the red carpet, Maslany dished to Frazier on the red carpet about which clone she'll miss the most when the show ends after its upcoming fifth season, and it might not be who you think! "I will miss Alison the most, I think, because I've really never gotten to play a character like that," she explained. "She's so bizarre, she's the soccer mom."
Several of Maslany’s Orphan Black co-stars -- many of whom came to the Emmys to cheer her on -- took to Twitter to congratulate her on the win.
“It happened. Finally,” wrote Kristian Bruun, who plays the husband of one of Maslany’s clones. “So much love for @tatianamaslany. No voice left. Speechless. Tears. Love love love. #EmmyForMaslany #Emmys2016.”
“Can't even type. Hands shaking too much,” marveled Kevin Hanchard, who stars as Detective Arthur "Art" Bell, the professional partner of one of the deceased clones. “SO MUCH LOVE FOR OUR WONDERFUL STAR! @tatianamaslany YOU ARE A GIFT!!! SO SO WELL DESERVED!! #Emmys.”
Jordan Gavaris, who plays clone Sarah Manning’s foster brother, also chimed in, writing, “HOLY FU*K!!!! It happened. IT'S HAPPENING! Our girl just won!!! #EmmyForMaslany.”
Manson kept it simple, posting a pic of Maslany’s acceptance, and finally changing his hashtag to “#MaslanyWonTheEmmy.”