"I don't think that any woman in this industry hasn't [experienced sexism]. I think we all have in various ways, and sometimes you can't even tell that it's happening because it's so ingrained in the way things are structured."
Maslany says she "can't even name the number of times" she's personally experienced sexism while working.
"Like being told, 'Let's not talk about that, sweetheart,' if I have an issue with being hit on by a 50-year-old when I was 17 and on set. It's never ending. Being put into this little outfit that showed my midriff in a scene where I'm supposed to be grieving the death of a family member, and it's like, 'Make sure that her belly button is showing' — it's just pathetic. It's so pathetic."
Maslany also told that she has been asked to alter her physical appearance, such as shaving her armpits.
"And wax my mustache. Which I refused to do!" (YAS GIRL)
"I'll do it if the part calls for it and it makes sense."
The Orphan Black MVP said she has seen changes in Hollywood, crediting people calling out the bullshit when they experience it.
"I can't imagine that it's going to stay stuck like this. I hope not! People are too upset, people are too pissed off and too many strong voices are now being heard. There is a big shift happening, and I think we are at the messy puberty stages of it right now, but I hope that at some point it becomes the default that every racial group has their own stories that are being told that aren't stereotypical." (Intersectional queen, y/y)