For Schilling, one of the things she loved about the movie was that it shows there’s a group for everyone. “We have our family of origin and we have our chosen family. And something that I love about the movie is that it really seems to make the case that wherever you are or whoever you are, there is a community that will accept you exactly the way that you are… regardless of where you come from,” she told Newsweek.
One of Schilling’s favorite scenes in the film is when Kate and Maddie meet up at the gathering of the Juggalos, which is a festival for fans of the group the Insane Clown Posse. “Kate is really able to level with Maddie and says, ‘Nobody is perfect… nobody has it all together,’” she said.
Though the Orange is the New Black star hadn’t listened to ICP before, she referred to them as “awesome” and said filming with them was an “adventure.” “They are terrific musicians. They have sold a lot of records and impacted a lot of people’s lives,” she said. “They’re very kind.”
Though she’s moved on from OITNB, landing the role of Piper Chapman has changed her life. “I’ve been so honored to work on the show and meeting the women that I’ve met–those relationships have really changed my life. I’ve just expanded; I’ve expanded my reach, hugely. Orange has changed my life,” she said. “[The show] was kind of revolutionary in that it made room for a lot of different people to feel seen and have their voices heard.”
“One of the first jobs I had was taking tickets at the Museum of Television & Radio right around 55th Street before that branch of MoMa opened. I’d work all day Saturday, work all day Sunday and try to have enough money to not eat at the cafeteria every day.”
Here’s a new interview of Taylor Schilling with Parade
From Parade – Schilling spoke with Parade about her experience working on The Public and what its messages say about the world today.
How would you describe The Public, as well as your role in the film?
The genius of Emilio’s script is that he’s able to combine and alchemize so many issues that are happening right now and are probably more relevant at this point than when he even wrote it. The intersectionality of what he covers—the infringement upon our civil liberties, the homelessness crisis, poverty, militarization of the police, to name a few—coalesce in the story he tells over this one night in a public library in Cincinnati. Among many meaty parts, he wrote my character, Angela. What I love about Angela is that she’s a quintessential example of an ally. She beautifully puts aside her own story to make room and amplify the story that most desperately needs to be told. She’s a great role model in that way. It’s a great recipe in how to be an ally: Step out of the way and amplify the voice of the voiceless.