Taylor Schilling and the cast of ‘OITNB’ at the Golden Probes 2018
Jessica Pimentel shared this sweet pic of her and Taylor Schilling with the OITNB cast
Jessica Pimentel talks about shooting the branding scene with Taylor Schilling
The main tension is between Maria and Piper. Did you enjoy pushing Piper around in the prison schoolyard, and how did you and Taylor approach the season?
It was really awesome because I didn’t get to work with Piper so much, Taylor and I only had one one-on-one scene during the blackout in season three when we think we’re getting transferred. This season, anytime we spoke it was an in-your-face situation, so we kept that up as much as possible. For the most part, we did stay in character to keep it tense and keep that energy up. We really didn’t discuss it much. You want to stay focused and give the actor your best performance so they can give it back to you, especially with the elements of filming outside or doing something that requires fire, for example.
Taylor Schilling and Jessica Pimentel talk about the branding scene in Orange Is The New Black Episode 7
Jessica Pimentel (Maria Ruiz): The show needed to go there because some people were thinking this was a cute subject matter, and falling in love with the characters.We’re in the dirtiest, grimiest place on earth. We have to remind you every once in a while: This is not cute, this is serious. The scene was very difficult emotionally, physically and technically. Emotionally because we actually like each other, so it was hard to watch. The fight was choreographed so we had to rehearse it several times and things go wrong. There was one point when I got nauseous, we had to take a break and and I was just an observer. So many things happen that are so powerful, and nobody phoned it in. [Between takes], I stayed in character, I didn’t check in with [Taylor] and ask, “Are you okay?” We shot it at night with no one around. It was dark with a small crew, super intense and no one else got to be there. Usually there are a lot of distractions, like dogs running around and craft services — but this was about just doing it as realistically as possible and I think we hit it.
Taylor Schilling (Piper Chapman): The consequences of her actions are [the hardest part for Piper this season] and then she has to figure out why she did what she did. [It’s all about] consequences … It changes her. I don’t know if she bounces back. There are things that happen this season that make an indelible imprint on who Piper is as a person. She’s a bit stronger and a bit more wary. There’s a loss of openness.
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