I’m a few episodes away from finishing Season 2 of Orange Is The New Black. Although not as compelling in plot as Season 1, I’m happy that there are still plenty of OMG moments and laughs. OITNB has an amazing, diverse cast and I really appreciate that the show features so many strong female characters.
Here’s a few book characters some of our favourite inmates have played over the years:
As OITNB’s central heroine Piper, Taylor Schilling has been “teased, stalked, threatened and called Taylor Swift”, but she has also played a good luck charm. In the adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ The Lucky One (2012), Taylor stars as Beth Green, the young woman in the photo a U.S. Marine carries around while he serves in Iraq.
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Best known for her role as Donna on That 70s Show, Laura Prepon (Alex Vause on OITNB) starred in the sitcom Are You There, Chelsea? (2012) based on comedian/talk show host, Chelsea Handler’s book (and the funnier title in my opinion) Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea. I watched this show and thought it had potential, but it was cancelled.
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Kate Mulgrew, who played my second favourite Star Trek Captain, is now the tough and cunning, Red Reznikov on OITNB. In 1981, Kate played the doomed Isolt in Lovespell based on the Arthurian legend of Tristan and Isolt. I find her Russian accent on OITNG a little over the top, but I still like her character.
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Piper’s sensitive and sweet ex-fiancé Larry Bloom is played by Jason Biggs on OITNB. Jason starred in Guy X (2005) based on the novel No One Thinks Of Greenland by John Grisemer and won a Best Actor award for his portrayal of Corporal Rudy Spruance at the Taormina Film Festival.
Are you watching OITNB? Have you read the book by Piper Kerman?