Here’s new interview of Taylor Schilling with Italian Movieplayer
From Movieplayer (Google Translation)
Miss Schilling, the tension rises vertically in this fifth season. But I would say that even more interesting are the dynamics of the characters and their evolutions.
Absolutely, we will find new motivations for them, especially now that they are all united for common cause. As far as Piper is concerned, he reflects much about herself this season, her prison experience, and her desire to improve on how she is and the actions she has taken to prison. That’s why he tries to be not at the center of this situation.
In Lichfield’s detention there is a real collective responsibility assumption. Something that also serves Real America at this time.
Exactly, it’s something we talked a lot. Uncontrollability is now a non-written rule in our country, and for this reason, those who care about their neighbor at this time can really make a difference, because it means doing together and helping each other, helping those who need it most. And if we look at the course of History as a whole, it is what has happened every time we have faced a great crisis. In its microscale, Lichfield represents today’s America.
It’s a big responsibility.
It is, being part of all this at this precise time it is. Of course I can only say it as an actress, I do nothing but interpret what Jenji writes so beautifully. But at this time it is so full of meaning and importance that is an honor, and it is also incredibly exciting.
I’m curious: but how do you consider Piper, from an exquisitely moral point of view?
I never wanted to judge her under the moral look. I’ve been inside her in time, I’ve embraced her demons and her desire to ban them, I live too intimately. But I understand that from an outside eye his actions are seen as ambiguous in most cases, and it often happens that there are almost indignant reactions from many spectators towards him. But I think it’s good for the series to realize that I have created a character that in the end is totally a-moral.
The idea I did during the seasons is that Piper is a sort of Dante in his personal Divine Comedy. Having gone to hell and struggling hard to see the light again.
Very interesting, and partly I agree, but I can not see her as a woman who has to redeem, because redemption implies a concept of sin that does not belong to her, not even to me. Humans live predominantly in a gray area where they act more or less well, depending on the situation. Piper is a prisoner of herself before the prison, but he really does his best to improve himself, be an honest person, and especially find his polar star. The way it does may seem wrong, but I think it is a very accurate mirror of reality, and uncomfortable for those who are reflected and recognized.
I imagine that this experience is changing your awareness of many things.
Of course, just think that Piper is still a privileged woman in prison because she is white and has a good family. I can not say I’ve become an American prisoner, but certainly none of us will be out for nearly ten years of this show as it came in. We will not have the real Piper reaction, which after a year in jail has decided to devote his whole life to the denunciation of the conditions in which the prisoners in America do, but we know that our work is more important than just making a TV series.
In the United States there is the highest number of women detained in any other Western country. What have you learned in these years of the American prison system?
There is the highest number of detainees in general. We learned that the American industrial prison system is a modern slavery and that slavery has been built on America itself. It is something we have not yet come to terms with, what are the real origins of our country, and as long as we do not do this, the story will continue to be repeated and there will always be people who will be treated in inhumane conditions.