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Tatiana Maslany's Teary Interview Shows Deep Support For LGBT People

05/29/2015 01:59 EDT | Updated 05/29/2015 01:59 EDT

A touching moment occurred when Tatiana Maslany was interviewed as part of a GLAAD video series.

Asked why she's an ally for the LGBT community, the star of "Orphan Black," who is straight, said it's a "no brainer."

Then she began to tear up as she talked about friends who have wrestled with their sexuality.

"A lot of my friends have struggled with coming out, or with identifying how they identify," she told interviewer Claire Pires.

"It's just a no brainer to me, it just makes no sense that there wouldn't be support for the community, that it even has to be a separate community. I don't understand why there's a line drawn."

The sci-fi show, about a woman who shares DNA with a series of clones, has been praised for its portrayal of LGBT characters whose sexuality is not the sole focus of their storylines.

Much of that praise revolves around two characters in particular: Cosima (Maslany), a clone who becomes romantically involved with her monitor, Delphine (Evelyne Brochu); and Felix (Jordan Gavaris), the gay foster brother to hustler Sarah (also played by Maslany).

"We offer good representation in terms of complex characters that aren't defined necessarily just by their sexuality but by every facet of what it is to be a person," Maslany said.

It's not the first time that the actor has shown emotion when asked about the LGBT community.

Maslany also teared up at last year's San Diego Comic-Con when a fan thanked her and co-star Gavaris for portraying characters whose sexuality is not all they are.

She later tweeted about it too.

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