Have you watched Game of Thrones this season and thought, “I wish Daario Naharis was my champion”? Did you then flipped over to Nashville and found yourself cursing music producer Liam for getting Scarlett addicted to uppers? And have you been attracted to them both? Yup, that’s the power of chameleon-like Michiel Huisman, who has brought his dark horse appeal to Westeros, the pop-country music circuit, and now, TV’s most beloved cult favorite, Orphan Black. For the uninitiated, the BBC America sci-fi thriller, which airs Saturdays at 9 pm EST, stars Tatiana Maslany as a collection of clones. In season 2 of the cult favorite, Huisman plays the beleaguered love interest to one of them: rebellious single mom, Sarah. We caught up with Huisman to discuss his roles on Orphan Black and Game of Thrones, as well as his upcoming film The Age of Adaline, which co-stars Blake Lively and Harrison Ford. And for the record he’s just as charming on the phone as he is clad in armor reigning victorious for the Mother of Dragons.
You really are all over TV right now.
Yeah, it’s a little weird almost. I just did a photo shoot for a magazine with a bunch of supporting actors and they’d ask me, “So what show are you on?” and I was almost embarrassed to say, “Well, Game of Thrones, Orphan Black, and Nashville.” They’re like, “How’s that possible?” And I don’t know. Somehow it was possible to be guests on all those shows in the last year. It’s been fun. One of the fun things as an actor is to really spread your wings as wide as possible and do a variety of roles. I’ve been really lucky in that sense I think.
Are these shows ones you were a fan of before?
There’s so many great TV shows out there right so there’s no way I can see all of them. So Orphan Black, when I was asked to do an audition for it, I’d never seen it. So I started watching it and I loved it right away. I was completely blown away by Tatiana’s performance in it and that I’m looking at scenes with two characters that are played by one actress and I’m believing it. After watching the show I was even more eager to be part of it. The same goes for Game of Thrones. I’d seen a lot but after auditioning I watched everything. It’s weird to say I’m a fan of shows I’m working on myself, but I think I am.
Will you be in any scenes on Orphan Black that involve more than one clone?
Not really. There’s one scene towards the end where I get to see a couple more but not really. My storyline involves Sarah.