New pic of Taylor Schilling and Laura Prepon at the ‘Orange Is The New Black’ premiere for season 7

New pic of Taylor Schilling and Laura Prepon at the ‘Orange Is The New Black’ premiere for season 7

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New interview of Taylor Schilling for ‘Orange Is The New Black’ season 7

New interview of Taylor Schilling for ‘Orange Is The New Black’ season 7

 

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After seven wonderful seasons, ‘Orange Is the New Black’ , the most popular Netflix series ever, finally came to an end at the end of July. The doors of the popular women’s prison Litchfield fell for the very last time in the lock, meaning that actress Taylor Schilling had to say goodbye to her character Piper Chapman and her orange outfit. Please note: the odd person who has not seen the first six seasons will bump into spoilers.

Taylor Schilling «I started my career with a series of flops. For my first film I was allowed to go on the set with Meryl Streep , but the project was canceled. I then played in the NBC series ‘Mercy’, but he only sung it for one season. The many scenes that I played as Ben Affleck’s wife in ‘Argo’ were almost all cut in the editing room. You understand that I started ‘Orange Is the New Black’ with low expectations (laughs).

»I am grateful for the many fans who have supported us for seven seasons. It has changed our lives forever, and I hope the series of politicians has made us aware of the flaws in the American prison system. ”

– How was the very last day on the set?
Schilling «Bittersweet. It was also Laura ‘s last day ( Prepon , who plays Alex Vause, ed.). We started the series together and completed them together. I will miss the cast enormously. We all agreed so well. We laughed and danced during the recording, some rap battles have even taken place.
»But at the same time it was high time to close this story. I am excited to start something new. I look forward to having a blank agenda and to fill it in with new challenges. I am taking acting lessons again and in the meantime I am looking forward to an exciting project. »

– In the seventh season, Piper is no longer behind bars. She tries to pick up her life outside the prison again, but that is not going smoothly.
Schilling «I have spoken with various female ex-prisoners about their return to society. They told me how overwhelming it was to suddenly be free again. One of them was unable to leave her own bedroom for days: she only felt safe in a closed room. It is not because you are released that you are actually free. Piper has difficulty adjusting. But she also learned something from her time in prison: she finally stands up for herself. »

Piper married Alex at the end of the sixth season. But Piper is free and Alex is still stuck. Is there a bright future ahead of them?
Schilling «That’s the question the series asks in the last season: how strong can love be? I think Alex is the one for Piper, but does she feel that way? »

 

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Laura Prepon talks about filming the last scene with Taylor Schilling + NEW still

Laura Prepon talks about filming the last scene with Taylor Schilling and more

 

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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.

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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 

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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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