Here’s a new interview of Taylor Schilling and the cast of ‘Orange Is The New Black’
From Harpers Bazaar
In our spoiler-free conversation below, six of the show’s stars discuss the challenges of shooting three days over the course of several months, the heartbreak of losing both Poussey and Samira Wiley, and why this resistance-themed season is more important now than ever.
ON THE CHALLENGES OF SEASON 5’S CONDENSED TIMEFRAME:
Taylor Schilling (Piper Chapman): “Even just in a very pragmatic way, it’s a challenge to keep track of it all. It was like a puzzle, to go to work and remember what just happened, because what was shot four months ago just happened in the show six minutes ago.”
Read more from the conversation after the jump
ON HOW THEIR CHARACTERS HAVE CHANGED FOLLOWING THE TRAUMA OF SEASON 4:
TS: “I kept trying to remember, as we were working, that Piper was branded like five days ago. This is a woman who’s in a constant state of vertigo and shame and disconnection, and certainly that plays into where she is this season. She’s trying to step out of the middle.”
NL: “This season brings out a side of Nicky that I haven’t really got to play so much before. She’s very active and focused and made more present by the intensity of the events around her. She doesn’t have as much time to be as self-destructive as we’re used to seeing her.”
TS: “Playing a character for this long, you have a real relationship with them. I love Piper, and she’s also like a sister because I don’t know what she’s going to do, and sometimes it’s like… ‘What’s going on? This isn’t what I would do! Don’t do this!’”
NL: “With Nicky, I’m watching her dynamic with Lorna and I’m getting concerned, like ‘Nicky! She’s married!’ But you discover there’s a legitimate reason these characters are often knocking on old doors, or bashing in new ones. They’re written with so many dimensions that they can go high to low, light to dark, suicidally depressed to massively buoyant. They can make terrible decisions and then save the day.”
ON THE TIMELY THEME OF THIS SEASON—WOMEN UNITING IN PROTEST AGAINST A REGIME OF TOXIC MASCULINITY—IN TRUMP’S AMERICA.
DB: “What started the riot was Taystee saying ‘Let’s not take any more. I’m done, are y’all with me?’. And for most people, I think that’s how it happens. If there wasn’t someone bold enough to step up, I don’t think there would be a protest. Everyone was chilling in their bunks [in the Season 4 finale], Poussey still on the ground, and even when the riot starts you see characters like Piper and Alex debating whether they want to get involved.”
Diane Guerrero (Maritza Ramos): “When you see such an injustice like that towards a fellow inmate, what’s to stop it from happening to you? It’s full-on survival mode, and we all feel we’ve been to our breaking point and now we’re ready to take action. In reality, what we’ve been seeing in this country with the prison system and the justice system, we’ve seen it happen time and again and now it’s sort of our revolution. It’s our coming out and saying ‘You know what? I’m an informed human being, and I’m going to take action.’ Whether that is through the power of your vote, or mobilizing, speaking out and using your voice, it’s all relevant.”
You can read the full interview here