Here’s a new interview of Taylor Schilling with Paris Match
From Paris Match (Google Translation)
The heroine of “Orange Is the New Black”, the successful production of Netflix, attacks its fifth season in prison. Visit to the parlor.
In prison, promiscuity is the place and the other side of learning, because never being alone, you learn to live with others. This is the big lesson of the bold series “Orange Is the New Black” in which Taylor Schilling plays Piper Chapman, bisexual heroine, caught up in court ten years after making a youthful mistake and sentenced to serve a sentence fifteen months in a women’s prison. Conceived as a transgressive comedy about the prison universe, the series has become a true social phenomenon.
Taylor Schilling, although endowed with the blondness and elegance of a Grace Kelly, did not expect to be chosen to embody a character so distant from her own origins. “I grew up in Boston in a wild family, between an assistant father of the prosecutor and a mother who is a permanent painter. We were not poor, but let’s say that buying our clothes at Gap was an inaccessible luxury. But after a drama degree at Fordham University, the role of Ben Affleck’s wife in “Argo” and Zac Efron’s girlfriend in “The Lucky One,” 2012 was her year!
Overnight, the series makes her an icon among teen girls, who approach her on the street to tell her how much she helps them feel better about themselves.
Camped in her white goose character, Taylor Schilling discovers a world populated by women of all ages, races, forms and sexual orientations. A plural feminine far from stereotypes, observed with respect and without moralizing judgment. With an aversion to politically correct, the series exposes the inequality erected in system, the weight of social determinisms, the injustice of the judicial machine, without ever denying the individual. It reverses our point of view, like what Piper Chapman saw, forced to discover other lives than her own. “Her career is a matter of survival,” says Schilling. And it is not always pretty to see when the individual is reduced to his most primary instincts. Blood, sweat and tears. This is what the series imposes on this young woman who has neither a survival manual nor a map indicating the direction to follow. Her experience is empirical and individual, for she is not part of any predominant community (black or latino). And during the journey we discover that what counts is the way traveled with its detours rather than the destination. ”
Season 5 promises a few face-to-face encounters …
Thus, in this promiscuity imposed from beds to showers, everything is a matter of body. And in front of all these tattooed, scarred, seamed epidermis, the series tells stories of love and violence. In the first season, the couple is shattered when Piper finds her former girlfriend dealeuse … Four seasons later, Piper is still looking for her place. Season 5 promises a few face-to-face encounters … But over time the atmosphere darkens as a mirror of a distraught American society. “We remain avant-garde on certain subjects and a part of the company joins us, while America of Trump stiffens, confirms the actress. So there are two Americas that do not coexist. And this polarization of manners creates an anger and a volcanic climate that grow, move and evolve with us. And even if she refuses to be locked in her role, Taylor Schilling knows that the public will keep her as long as possible behind bars.
On Netflix currently.