As "Alex" in Netflix and Jenji Kohan's Orange is the New Black, Laura Prepon is playing a very real, very severe woman who seduced her girlfriend into becoming part of a drug ring. On paper, that pretty much screams "villain", and even Prepon had to acknowledge that, admitting to LA TV Insider Examiner at the Los Angeles junket for the new series that her biggest concern when learning she won the role was "How am I going to humanize this woman and make her grounded and relate to an international drug smuggler?" But that inherent challenge was what was attractive to Prepon, who had originally auditioned for the girlfriend role instead. After all, she noted that Orange is the New Black is a series allowing its actresses to play against type, and there's nothing better than that... [MORE]
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As Red, the ruler of the kitchen on Netflix's Orange is the New Black, Kate Mulgrew is one of the toughest, most commanding women in any scene. Of course Mulgrew's decades-long acclaimed career demands such attention, but so does the character who acts as a stern mother hen type figure to a number of the young inmates. And acts is an important word for the woman who puts on a hardened exterior to go toe-to-toe with at least one key C.O. but who is actually full of emotion and vulnerability... [MORE]
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On most shows, the characters that find themselves behind bars fall into one of few categories: there are the genuinely evil sociopaths, the wrongly accused cautionary tales, and the career criminals who may move from one prison to another like anyone on the outside would rent apartment after apartment. But Netflix and Jenji Kohan's Orange is the New Black dares to dive so much deeper, to overwrite stereotypes and inspire compassion for those who made their mistakes and now are living with the consequences of them. In doing so, the series introduces a unique set of women with stories like nothing else you've seen on television before. The best example of this is Laverne Cox's Sophia, a gentle, proud, intelligent, and strong-willed soul whose journey of doing anything it takes to live her truest life will both warm and break your heart... [MORE]