Orange Is The New Black – Cast & Crew talk about Taylor Schilling in THR interview

Orange Is The New Black – Cast & Crew talk about Taylor Schilling in THR interview 

From THR

JEN EUSTON, CASTING DIRECTOR People were passing. That first season was a lot of begging. Nobody knew what this was. Piper was the hardest role to cast. Jenji said she needed a unicorn and I had nobody. I was looking for Piper the entire pilot and didn’t end up casting her until two weeks before.

HERRMANN We met with Katie Holmes and Kate Hudson.

EUSTON I had been tracking Taylor Schilling the whole time we were reading people but she was on vacation. I finally got her in and sent her best readings to Jenji. I said, “I found her.” And Jenji said, “You did.” [Editor’s note: Taylor Schilling was not available for interviews and did not respond to emailed questions before publication.]

HERRMANN There was a naturalism to Taylor that is undeniable. And the match was made during the chemistry read between Laura Prepon and Taylor.

LAURA PREPON (ALEX VAUSE) A lot of the girls read for other characters. When I read Alex, I was like, “This makes way more sense.” When Taylor and I read together, it was that X-factor you can never explain. When I left I thought, “That was awesome and special.” I got the call and moved to New York three days later.

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DISCUSSION POST: ‘Orange Is The New Black’ Season 7

Have you already binge watched the last season of OITNB? Do you want to discuss it with other fellow inmates and don’t be reminded of ‘beware of spoilers’? Here’s your chance!

  • What do you think of the last season?
  • How did you like Piper’s storyline in the last season?
  • What’s your favorite Piper scene?
  • What about the other characters? Were you rooting for Tiffany? Suzanne and the chickens?

Feel free to talk about anything!