Orphan Black to She-Hulk: Tatiana Maslany’s Best Roles to Date
In the 2018 movie Destructive, Maslany plays Petra – a young woman involved in the bank robbery gang that Nicole Kidman‘s Erin infiltrates. Years after Erin’s undercover job goes awry, she uses Petra to track down gang leader Silas (Toby Kebbell) to exact revenge on her partner Chris (Sebastian Stan) who was killed during the undercover operation. While this film primarily focuses on Erin’s journey and Nicole Kidman‘s phenomenal performance as a grizzled, jaded cop, Maslany really stands up to Kidman in the few scenes they have together. While it’s not Maslany’s only “nasty” role, it’s a little shocking to see her running a bank and beating up Nicole Kidman onscreen when their characters reconnect. However, this Karyn Kusama-directed film is well worth the watch for Maslany and Kidman’s respective performances.
Tatiana Maslany’s sister, Alice McKeegan, is easily one of the best parts of HBO’s recent series. Perry Mason to restart. Sister Alice is the evangelist face of the Radiant Assembly of God in 1930s Los Angeles. She serves as the lead preacher and spiritual guide for the church. It’s a role that could easily go too far into cheesy televangelical territory, but Maslany brings a nuance to Sister Alice that allows us to see the duality of this character – the character on stage and in church and the young woman which has been used by others, including his own mother, for years to advance their own agenda. Maslany plays this character with compassion and makes it incredibly hard not to feel for her, no matter your views on organized religion.
As Jennifer Walters, aka She-Hulk, Maslany was finally able to bring her talents to the MCU. While the Disney+ series may have had a bumpy start with mixed reactions, Maslany’s performance is one of the best parts of the show. She-Hulk: Lawyer gives Maslany a chance to show off what a great comedic actress she is, and it looks like she’s having a great time with the role. Maslany somehow makes Walters and his green alter ego relatable and down to earth. Both Maslany and his character are a welcome addition to this phase of the MCU, and we can’t wait to see how Walters handles the biggest post in history. She-Hulk.