New picture of Taylor Schilling with Shawna Hamic on the set of ‘Orange Is The New Black’

New picture of Taylor Schilling with Shawna Hamic on the set of ‘Orange Is The New Black’

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New interview of Taylor Schilling and Laura Prepon with The Hollywood Reporter

New interview of Taylor Schilling and Laura Prepon with The Hollywood Reporter

From THR

For Schilling, whose character ended the season with mixed feelings about her newfound freedom, the one thing she seems confident about is how Piper feels about Alex.

“I think that’s the love of her life,” Schilling tells THR. “I’m not quite sure what that means all the time, but I think there comes a point in life to either commit to partnership or to not. Either one is totally valid, but it seems to me that Piper decided to commit to a life lived in tandem with Alex and to just work through the stuff with another human. So, I’d love to see her continue that on in perpetuity, to stick with it.”

“It feels like we’ve already come to a place where gay marriage is no longer a political statement,” says Schilling. “Where it’s a fact of life for many people and that there are now much more vulnerable populations and other members of the LGBTQ community, like the transgender community, that need to be made visible and have their voices amplified. So while, on some level it’s always the case, the beauty of it is that, to me, it seemed less like a political statement and more of just a continuation of the storyline — which is probably in and of itself the biggest political statement that can be made.”

She adds, “And that’s to the credit of many, many, many people who have been tireless advocates. It’s to the credit to where things have changed since the show started.”

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New Taylor Schilling interview The Hollywood Reporter

Here’s new interview of Taylor Schilling with The Hollywood Reporter

When did you find out that Piper was getting out of prison on early release?

I actually knew far into shooting last season that Piper was going to be getting out at the end of season six. So, I’ve known that for a while and I had to keep it a secret. But I knew that’s where we were headed — I sort of had an inkling. I don’t quite know why, but I did. And then everything started; she won the [PolyCon, the corporation that owns Litchfield,] lottery so she was able to get out.

As the actress who has played this character for six seasons, what were some of the emotions you experienced when finding out that Piper is leaving prison, and that everything is about to change?

It certainly is an end of an era. Orange has been such a huge chapter in my life, personally and professionally. I’m so grateful to have been able to play this part of Piper. I’m excited to let Piper go and put her to rest beautifully, as I’m sure Jenji will do, and let her kind of live on in her own world, when that time comes. As her time at Litchfield is coming to an end, it’s just about reflecting upon how grateful I am to have participated in something that has brought so much visibility to the prison system in our country. How much needs to be fixed, how much is broken and how no one is immune from its reach, but there are certainly particular populations of people in this country that are being used and abused in ways that need a voice. So I’m really grateful that that’s an element of this show, because it feels like it’s given me a platform for my own activism. Moving forward, there’s a lot to be grateful for.

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New interview of Taylor Schilling, Dascha Polanco and Kate Mulgrew with Chicago Tribune

New interview of Taylor Schilling, Dascha Polanco and Kate Mulgrew with Chicago Tribune

From Chicago Tribune

In Season 6, three of the show’s central characters, Piper (Taylor Schilling), Red (Kate Mulgrew) and Daya (Dascha Polanco), encounter betrayal, agony and abuse at the hands of the state and each other.

The following is an edited transcript from an interview with the three actors.

Q: When the show began, I know many were excited to see representation of gender-specific incarceration and that the cast became involved in discussions about prison reform. The story’s changed quite a bit since Season 1. Do you still consider yourselves artist-activists?

Kate Mulgrew: Well, I’m a political activist, as is Taylor Schilling. On the outside, we do our thing, as we must do in these times.

Q: This season saw drug addiction, betrayal, gang fights — as artists, how do you feel about tackling such dark material in what many would call a dark period of time?

Taylor Schilling: It’s a question I am really grappling with. It’s a very different world we’re living in than when this show started.

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