DANIEL MASLANY MET WITH AUTISM SPECIALIST TO CRAFT ‘IMPULSE’ CHARACTER

Maslany, who grew up in Regina and is the brother of “Orphan Black” star Tatiana Maslany, says he met with an autism specialist who works with people of all ages and specifically a lot of teen boys who are on the autism spectrum.

Daniel Maslany poses for a portrait in Toronto as he promotes the second season of the YouTube Original Series "Impulse," based on the novel by Steven Gould. Chris Young / THE CANADIAN PRESS

In crafting his autistic character for the Toronto-shot YouTube Original series “Impulse,” Canadian actor Daniel Maslany consulted an expert and drew on his experiences from when he was younger.

Maslany plays Townes Linderman, close friend of Maddie Hasson’s lead character Henrietta (Henry) Coles, a high school outcast who discovers she has the ability to teleport and mentally move objects.

Maslany, who grew up in Regina and is the brother of “Orphan Black” star Tatiana Maslany, says he met with an autism specialist who works with people of all ages and specifically a lot of teen boys who are on the autism spectrum.

“Really it’s a spectrum, there are so many different ways that it can manifest and show in certain people or not show,” Maslany, who lives in Toronto, said in a recent interview.

“So learning a little bit more about the psychology behind that was really useful.”

Townes is a science and comic-book buff who thrives on routine and becomes Henry’s sidekick as she navigates personal trauma and figures out how to take control of her newfound powers in their Upstate New York town.

He has difficulty dealing with large groups of people, has an online girlfriend and tends to chew on his shirt sleeves — something Maslany said he also did as a kid.  READ MORE



DANIEL MASLANY TALKS ‘IMPULSE’ SEASON 2
The first season of the YouTube original series “Impulse” currently has a 100 per cent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and the star of the show is Canadian Daniel Maslany, who plays a student with autism who becomes from with a gifted girl. While catching up with ET Canada, the actor details what to expect from season 2 and if his older sister Tatiana Maslandy has given him any advice about the entertainment industry.  READ MORE


IMPULSE SEASON 2 REVIEW (SPOILER-FREE)
Changes are in store for Henry Coles in Impulse season 2, but the series remains true to its strong character development in the process.

Viewers of Impulse on YouTube Premium have figured out by now that the television adaptation of the Stephen Gould Jumper novels is more true to the themes of personal trauma from the first book than it is to the high octane action film from 2008. As a result, the pacing of the first season is quite deliberate, focusing more on what caused Henry Coles, played by Maddie Hasson, to teleport in the first place rather than accelerating through her origin story and having her quickly gain control over her abilities. Although some of that will change in season 2, the first two episodes made available for review indicate that the details about Henry’s abilities and those that seek to exploit them will continue to unfold with enticing but realistic incremental progress.  READ MORE

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