Taylor Schilling talks about what winning a SAG Award means to her
The words that you should “remember where you came from” could easily be the motto of the Screen Actors Guild Awards. While many of the winners are household names and living legacies, they all know too well what it feels like to audition to be Waiter Number Four (again).
That the SAG Awards have only grown in media scrutiny and prominence since their debut in 1995 has not gone unnoticed by the winners. Nor do they necessarily think this is a bad thing.
Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black” has won the TV comedy ensemble category every year since it became eligible in 2014. But star Schilling’s speech at the 2017 ceremony got a particularly strong reaction when she called out the then-newly elected commander in chief of the United States.
Her remarks were a response to President Trump’s executive order earlier in the week banning immigrants from certain countries from entering the U.S. (a ban that has since been struck down in courts). Schilling is part of the most ethnically and racially diverse casts on TV — and she says she needed to comment that night.
“This story that we’re telling through this show, collectively, would not be possible without refugees and immigrants,” she says now. “You can’t unbraid the show from the immigrant experience and it felt vital that, if we were going to be honored again, then we needed to acknowledge it.”
She says this win also resonated with her because she feels “the SAG Awards are the most meaningful of all the awards.” She thinks about the Theodore Roosevelt speech that claims that the person who truly counts isn’t the critic, but the “man who is actually in the arena.”
“We’re really all in the ring together,” she says. “To be acknowledged by somebody who truly understands the experience? I don’t know what could be more exciting than that.”
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Schilling essays role of Piper Chapman in “Orange is the New Black”, which is aired in India on Colors Infinity.
She said in a statement: “There’s so much humour and I think the humour is absolutely universal, but that idea of being in the context of you know people at their lowest, there’s so much freedom to that and I think we need to be reminded that even when we’re there, we’re okay and we’re valuable, and our humanity is intact and our voice is of value in the world.
“And I think the show does that, it pays a lot of respect to people at every point in their lives. So, it’s something deeply universal to me.”
Based on the best-selling memoir “Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison” by Piper Kerman and created by Jenji Kohan, the Emmy-award winning TV series is set in a fictional prison in Litchfield, New York.
Schilling also feels that there is an international appeal to the show as “it deals with basic universal human themes of wanting to connect, wanting to be seen for who you are, of what happens, how are we judged, are we judged by doing things we’re of, not proud are we judged by the worst, darkest moments in our lives or by the lighter moments in our lives and can those things coexist.”
“I think that there’s a real raw honesty to meeting people in a space where the”re at the lowest moment in their lives,” she added.
New pictures and interview of Taylor Schilling in DIVA magazine
From Diva Magazine
One person who knows more about the show’s game-changing credentials than anyone is Taylor Schilling, who plays the dramedy’s central character Piper Chapman. She has been there since the get-go, has seen – and lived – its evolution, and firmly believes the show has changed the conversation around issues like sexuality, telling the Evening Standard recently that the world has “become a little more Orange”. “In the first season, all people wanted to talk about was what it was like to kiss a girl,” the 32-year-old says. “Now, if someone asks me that, there’s a complete understanding if I say, ‘I’m not going to answer that question’.”
Taylor Schilling’s interview with Diaro Sur
From Diaro Sur (Google translation)
Actress Taylor Schilling (Boston, 32) made her debut with the film “Dark Matter” (2007), opposite Meryl Streep. Six years later she received the role of her life, ‘Orange is the New Black’ – Piper Chapman. The series is inspired by a book of the same name written by Piper Kerman, where the protagonist talks about her experience in prison while portraying the women she met. The adaptation was by Jenji Kohan, declared by Time magazine as one of the hundred most influential people in the world. ‘Orange is the New Black’ does not just show life behind the bars. His narration investigates the life of each prey, the human aspect and the loneliness that these women suffer in silence. Netflix, the platform with fifty million subscribers worldwide, produces this series that in Spain issues (the fifth season) Movistar. In Los Angeles we were able to interview Taylor Schilling, who in fiction has stopped being an innocent woman to become a survivor behind the bars.
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