You shared your audition story [Prepon first read for the role of Piper before creator Jenji Kohan tailored Alex for her]. During your chemistry read with Taylor Schilling (watch here), they said the match was made. What do you remember?
As soon as I met Taylor, I totally got it. Such a wonderful actress who has this softness to her, but also through the years, you really lean into her strength. She was just perfect for Piper. Then as soon as we worked together, we knew this was going to be great. And you can only hope for that type of thing to happen. It’s rare — I’m telling you, it’s rare. After having the good fortune to do this for over 20 years, it’s rare when you have those moments of that special connection and we have that.
Major spoilers for how it ends + NEW still after the jump
BTS photo of Taylor Schilling and Laura Prepon on the set of ‘Orange Is The New Black’
New stills from season 5
Few quotes of Taylor Schilling
Would ‘Orange’ Really Kill Off Another Fan-Favorite?
Even Taylor Schilling says her invincibility as Piper has been rocked from here on — and she’s OK with that. “That’s what keeps Orange interesting,” she says. “There’s nothing really off-limits or formulaic to what we’re doing. Before, there was a sense of invincibility, like being a kid. We had this sense that we were doing this on our own and [Poussey’s death] really brought home that there’s an end in sight and that things are changing.”
Can Piper and Alex’s Engagement Survive a Split?
Though Piper and Alex fans were treated to a double-flashback that ended in a proposal and the pair’s engagement, the celebrations were short-lived with both of their lives now hanging in the balance. A likely assumption is that the couple at the center of the show will survive, but can their tumultuous relationship last if they are charted off to separate prisons?
Both actresses seem to think so. “The idea of a relationship is so different than the day-to-day experience with another human being, so maybe that [distance] could help them a little bit,” said Taylor Schilling.
Despite a reference Alex made this season about Piper having, “What, three months left?” on her prison sentence, Schilling and Jenji Kohan have since confirmed that the show is 10 months into Piper’s 18 month sentence. [The real Piper Kerman was sentenced to 13 months.] Though Alex’s sentence hasn’t been stated, viewers know she is in for longer than Piper.
Which makes Laura Prepon wonder if Alex and Piper’s relationship will survive, either way. “It’s such a tumultuous, awesome, complicated relationship. Even if they both got out the same day, would they make it in the world? Who knows. But that’s what’s so great about the relationship, that they bring out the best and the worst in each other.”