10 Things You Didn’t Know About The Cast Of “Orange Is The New Black” That Will Surprise You

June 12, 2014 ‐ By

How far are you in season two of Orange Is The New Black? As of this moment, I’m on episode five and can’t wait to find some free time so I can get to episode six! With each episode I watch, I find myself more captivated by the lives of the women on this show and their back stories on-screen. But what about off-screen? These ladies are just as interesting outside of the show as they are on it. Here are 10 things you probably didn’t know about the ladies of OITNB.  



Laura Prepon Originally Auditioned For The Role Of Piper

Laura Prepon, aka, “Donna” as I like to call her (from her role on That 70’s Show), cast as Piper Chapman? I can’t see it, and neither could series creator, Jenji Kohan: “She’s such a great actress, but ultimately, I thought, ‘Laura Prepon in prison? I don’t worry about her.” Certainly not in the way viewers first worried for Taylor Schilling as Piper in the first few episodes of season one. There’s just something so bad a** about Prepon…and the fact that she’s 5’10” keeps her from looking too meek…

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  • KK Holidae

    I love this show! I just finished Season 2 and it was amazing! The season finale had me like WHOA!!

    • MajorKinksnCoils86

      IKR…it’s been a couple days and I’m still trying to get it together lol

  • Bee

    I was actually late to the game watching this show (I’m still on Season 1, just finished episode 6 lol) so I still have a lot of catching up to do. I really like this show. Taystee is my favorite character next to Sophia and Red! I love seeing most of them out of character and all glammed up! I like Ms. Claudette too…sad to find out she was in a coma and wont be in Season 2. But I am happy she woke up and is recovering! Hopefully she’ll eventually return in a future season.

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  • OutHerSpace….

    Here’s one people don’t know either …….The pregnant girl that has the baby by the C.O. is in a Metal band here in Brooklyn….

  • Stacy D. Smith

    Sucks that Michelle Hurst didn’t return for Season 2. She was a great character. Hope she’s fully recovered now though.

  • Tha Real Hamia

    I swear, every last one of these ladies are AMAZING actresses. The character transformation and depth…no words. But I am definitely here for Uzo/Crazy Eyes ALL DAY!

  • Sue

    Okay comment didn’ t post… Was Laverne Cox on Rupauls Drag Race as well? I think I remember seeing her on a previous season.

  • emmenng

    Kate Mulgrew (Red) played Taylor Schilling’s (Piper) mom on the show Mercy. Michael Chernus played Taylor Schilling’s brother on that show as well, just like on OITNB.

    • iloverealitytv

      Thank you, thank you!!!! I could not place Taylor Schilling’s face — I use to watch Mercy too. I can now sleep at night!!

    • Jamie

      Thank you,I also was going to mention that Schilling and Mulgrew had worked together before. Speaking of Mulgrew,I don’t think it’s actually “news” to anyone that she starred in ST:Voyager.


    Chocolate & vanilla, swirl. Swirllllll, swirl swirlllll…. Hahaha! Gives me life!

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  • Trisha_B

    I love this show & I really hate I’m a have to wait for another season 🙁 they need to have a 6 month period between seasons, instead of a year lol

    • OutHerSpace….

      They need to release one show a week instead of having people Binge watch !!!!

      • iloverealitytv

        don’t speak that into the universe — i love binge watching.

        • OutHerSpace….

          I do too…….on shows that aren’t NEW. Im not a fan of waiting a year for only 13 episodes O_o

  • Naturally

    I really love this damn show! And the actresses are great… It’s good to know majority come from a broadway back ground.

  • diana429

    I didn’t know the creator of this show is the same person who did the show WEEDS. That was pretty good on SHOWTIME.

  • bean83

    I can’t believe Laverne Cox was the person that was on Diddy’s show. I soooo remember her on that show. She was very efficient and professional on there. I’m so glad to see that she moved on to a flourishing career in acting. Love her on the show. Poussey is my favorite this Season.

    • iloverealitytv

      Poussey was my favorite this season too. I liked her back story.

  • Babegirl27

    I SWEAR I’m addicted to this show! Watched both seasons in two days this show is BOMB and I’m so ready for season 3!

    • kiki j

      Damn i felt bad for watching both seasons in a week. You just made me feel better lol

  • juicyco

    this show is truly everything i am counting the days until next season i love every character in a way except vee can’t take that bish

    • r2bee

      Yesss!!! Vee is judas in a horrible wig lol

  • jilly

    the off-screen photo for janae is actuallg crazy eyes lol

    • Smh

      Obviously you didn’t read. They said she auditioned for the role of Janae and got cast as Crazy Eyes instead. That’s why their pics are side by side.

    • Amadeus

      Why bother clicking if you don’t read.