Red Carpet Interviews from the GLAAD Awards: Tatiana Maslany, Sherri Saum, Teri Polo and more!


Saturday night I slapped on a little black romper and attended the 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards, a star-studded ceremony filled with gay jokes from actual gay people who know how to properly tell a good gay joke. Freshly minted lesbian heartthrob Ellen Page presented the Stephen F. Kolzak Award to Laverne Cox but skipped the red carpet because she can. Before the ceremony commenced, I spent two exciting hours perched on the red carpet, interogatting celebs like Tatiana Maslany, Laverne Cox, Sherri Saum, Teri Polo, Ross Matthews, DJ Tracy Young, and Caitlin Stasey about girls who like girls.

Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black) ambles forward elegantly, looking sleek in a black jumpsuit and subtle cat eye.  I catch her eye with my infinitely sloppier cat eye and refuse to let go until she answers all my pressing questions.

25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards - Red Carpet

AE: Hi, I’m Chloe from AfterEllen—

Tatiana Maslany: How’s it going? We love you guys. You’re so good to us.

AE: Thank you! What can you tell me about the upcoming season of Orphan Black?

Tatiana Maslany: This season each of the clones is fractured in their own world, and we get to explore each of their specific worlds. The stakes are really quite high.

AE: What about Cosima and Delphine? Are they still on?

Tatiana Maslany: I think Cosima and Delphine have that amazing complexity to their relationship, which is total love for each other. Yet they’re also on opposite ends of the equation and sort of like Romeo and Juliet, from totally different worlds. The trust issues remain issues, and there remains tension between them, but ultimately they love each other.

AE: Does Cosima have any other female love interests? Does her eye wander at all?

Tatiana Maslany: Oooh, interesting. I think Cosima is so focused on her work and facing her mortality this season that we see more of her introverted nature.

AE: Every year we do the AfterEllen Hot 100. Who would your picks be?

Tatiana Maslany: Amy Poehler. I love her, she’s so self-deprecating and doesn’t take herself too seriously.

AE: There’s something very sexy about not taking yourself too seriously in Hollywood.

Alas, my time with Tatiana Maslany comes to a close. “Is she straight?” date Nikki asks quizzically, “She doesn’t seem straight.” Nikki is confused by what I’ve come to recognize as the “celebrity eye-frick.” Celebs are masterful at gazing warmly into any given journalists eyes and exuding comfortable intimacy. It’s one of their better qualities. A truly media savvy celeb can say, “You’re special, I like you, you should absolutely write many positive things about me” without a word. Journalists don’t mind the charming farce because celeb eye-fricks are terribly enjoyable.