Catherine Wolters, aka the real-life Alex, was outraged because the show gets a lot wrong when it comes to Alex and Piper's relationship. Apparently the two of them had already been involved in the trafficking business long before they met each other. While she has spoken out about some of the discrepancies and fallacies of the show, a subtle trait that most fans might miss is that the glasses Alex wears in the show are the exact same that Catherine wears in real life. But, Wolters also admitted that making the show about their real relationship would be "so wretched and stinky, it would quite possibly result in a collapsed universe. So I guess it's a good thing Piper and Jenji stick with the fun little tidbits."
Kate Mulgrew (Red) and Taylor Schilling (Piper) actually have previous experience acting together. Kate played the mother of Taylor on the TV series "Mercy" from 2009 to 2010. Mulgrew also played Captain Kathryn Janeway from "Star Trek." There was a Star Trek reference between her and Nicky where Red revealed she didn't know who Spock was.
The second season of "Orange Is the New Black" was released the same day as the film adaptation of "The Fault in Our Stars," and the book makes a cameo in the premiere.
Samira Wiley, aka Poussey, doesn't speak German in real life. She actually spent a lot of time working with a voice coach and shouting things around her apartment to prepare for her character's flashback scenes.
Uzo Aduba (Crazy Eyes) and Lea DeLaria (Big Boo) were on Broadway together in 2011 in "Prometheus Bound." Aduba was about to quit acting when she was cast. Frustrated that she hadn't heard back from her audition, she decided to quit acting and go to law school instead. The very same day she "quit" acting, Aduba was offered the part of Crazy Eyes.
Lavern Cox, the actress who plays Sophia Burset, has a real-life twin brother who plays her character before her sex-transformation in the flashback sequences.
Laura Prepon (Alex Vause) originally auditioned for the role of Piper, and Uzo Aduba (Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren) originally auditioned for the part of Janae Watson (Vicky Jeudy). Aduba probably would have been great at the part because she was actually a track star growing up.
Matt McGorry (Officer Bennett) is in Shonda Rhimes's drama "How to Get Away With Murder" on ABC, which stars Viola Davis. McGorry, ironically, is taking the opposite side of the law in the show.
Lorraine Toussaint (Vee), Danielle Brooks (Taystee), and Samira Wiley (Poussey) are all Juilliard graduates. The latter two were only a year apart and knew each other well in school.
Not only is Annie Golden (Norma) not mute in real life, she was actually a rockstar in a band called The Shirts.
Pablo Schreiber, who plays "Pornstache" Mendez, is Liev Schrieber's half-brother in real life.
Actress Taryn Manning, who plays Pennsatucky, is first cousins with superstar NFL quarterbacks Eli and Peyton Manning.
The "Orange is the New Black" writers have revealed that they really like and reuse a very strange eggplant joke in the show.
Yael Stone, who plays Morello, is Australian in real life. But you would never know because she worked extensively with a voice coach to mask her accent.
In the first script, Aduba revealed that Crazy Eyes was described as "innocent like a child, except children aren't scary." She used that description to develop her character's distinctive persona and mannerisms. As Aduba put it, "That felt like the key to the door that might open this character because someone who is innocent like a child, to me, meant somebody who operates out of impulse...who acts and then thinks. Children don't have agendas. They're not calculating." She modelled her character off of her younger self.
Jason Biggs's character, Piper's fiance Larry, was watching "Weeds" in one episode, which was also created by this show's creator Jenji Kohan. Funny enough, Natasha Lyonne (Nikki), Pablo Schreiber (Pornstache) and Michael Harney (Officer Healy) all made appearances on "Weeds."
Beth Fowler, who plays Sister Ingalls, didn't need to do much prep to play a nun. She was in Sister Act as well as Sister Act 2. Looks like she really did not switch much!
Brooks, who plays Taystee, told BuzzFeed she didn't meet Teeka Duplessis, the actress who played Little Taystee, until after they shot all of her scenes, but the resemblance is uncanny. Brooks also revealed she actually isn't good at math. Nor has she read any of the Harry Potter series, and she watched only a few of the movies after Taystee's fandom was written into the script.
Black Cindy (Adrienne C. Moore) has a picture of Denzel Washington among her very limited possessions.
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