“SheHulk” embraces the comic side of comics: “Comedy scared me the most,” says the actress

“SheHulk” embraces the comic side of comics: “Comedy scared me the most,” says the actress

It’s not hard to imagine that playing a Marvel superhero would be challenging, even for an Emmywinning actress like Tatiana Maslany. In “SheHulk: Defender of Heroes” she “gains” almost 40 centimeters in height and a lot of muscles after transforming into a character. But that doesn’t intimidate the actress.

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“Comedy was definitely what scared me the most,” the 36yearold Canadian told g1. Watch the video above.

Thanks to computer graphics and motion capture technology, Maslany got green skin and went from 1.63 meters to more than 2 meters of the heroine in the new Marvel series, which premieres this Thursday (18).

1 of 4 Tatiana Maslany in a scene from SheHulk: Defender of Heroes — Photo: Disclosure

Tatiana Maslany in a scene from SheHulk: Defender of Heroes Photo: Disclosure

Still, it was the comic side of the comics that the actress, known for playing as many as 14 different TV characters in the scifi film Orphan Black, found challenging.

“When I read the first script, I realized it had such a specific sense of humor. Jessica Gao (the series’ executive producer and head writer) has a brain that no one else has, but she’s very relatable. People that way where they can see every single one of the weird little things we do.”

2 of 4 Mark Ruffalo and Tatiana Maslany in a scene from SheHulk: Defender of Heroes — Photo: Disclosure

Mark Ruffalo and Tatiana Maslany in a scene from SheHulk: Defender of Heroes Photo: Disclosure

In the series, Maslany plays Jennifer Walters, a seemingly ordinary lawyer who like her cousin Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) shares her body with a green, muscular version of herself after an accident.

However, unlike her more famous relative, the character doesn’t turn into a runaway monster upon transformation, retaining consciousness from the first time she appears.

The ability might seem like a great start for anyone aspiring to become a superhero, but it doesn’t go down too well with the protagonist, who finds it difficult to balance her old career with her new powers.

3 of 4 Tatiana Maslany, Ginger Gonzaga and Drew Matthews in a scene from SheHulk: Defender of Heroes — Photo: Disclosure

Tatiana Maslany, Ginger Gonzaga and Drew Matthews in a scene from SheHulk: Defender of Heroes Photo: Disclosure

The comedy that is so strong in the series comes from the greater inspiration for the production in the comics. Created by Stan Lee and John Buscema in 1980, the character starred in an acclaimed arc in the late 1990s and early 1990s, written and drawn by the legendary John Byrne, in which she was keenly aware of being in a comic book.

That is, many years before a particular mercenary became famous for his metalanguage, the heroine had already “broke the fourth wall” and spoken directly to the public.

By the way, the feature is reproduced in the series. “I’d like to say that she did it long before Deadpool or Fleabag,” Kat Coiro, director of six of the season’s nine episodes, said at a news conference.

“It’s like it’s an extension of her superpower. It’s like she’s like, ‘I know I’m talking to the camera. I know you guys are watching this.’ Awareness, that’s who she is,” Maslany adds.

4 of 4 Tatiana Maslany in a scene from SheHulk: Defender of Heroes — Photo: Disclosure

Tatiana Maslany in a scene from SheHulk: Defender of Heroes Photo: Disclosure