LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 15: Tatiana Maslany attends Marvel Studios "She-Hulk: Attorney At Law" Los Angeles Premiere at El Capitan Theatre on August 15, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/WireImage)
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Why Tatiana
Maslany Found
She-Hulk's Fourth
Wall Breaking
Tatiana Maslany is no stranger to complex roles, but her latest role presented a different challenge when she took on the titular part in "She-Hulk: Attorney at Law." The fourth-wall breaks her character would indulge in, including turning to the camera and directly addressing the audience, became daunting for Maslany, and here’s why.
In an interview with Variety, Tatiana Maslany expressed that she wasn't sure she could do justice to the fourth-wall breaks. She cited Phoebe Waller-Bridge in the BBC series "Fleabag" and Matthew Broderick in the 1986 film "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" as examples of definitive fourth-wall-breaking performances.
The idea that Maslany's work in "She-Hulk" might come off as a pale imitation intimidated her, but she saw Jennifer Walters' fourth-wall breaks as being inspired by a different factor. She said that a key part of Walters was being very aware of the world around her, and that resonated with Maslany as a woman who has to navigate her space in any given situation.