New Taylor Schilling interview with ‘The Hollywood Reporter’

Here’s a new interview of Taylor Schilling with THR

From THR

Below, THR spoke with the women who were left standing in the finale about what they think could happen when they return to set in July to film the sixth season.

Taylor Schilling – Piper Chapman

What was going through your head? “There’s nothing really off limits or formulaic to what we’re doing. [Before Poussey’s death and Wiley’s exit], we had this sense that we were sort of doing this on our own. There was a sense of invincibility. It really brought home that there’s an end to this. That there’s an end in sight and that things are changing.”

What was going through Piper’s head? “Everybody’s mortality was at stake. It was a real moment of reckoning. It’s an existential moment of: Why are we here, are we going to continue to be here and, if we’re going to continue to be here, what’s the price?”

What could happen next season? “It’s not looking good! Jenji talks about how her intention isn’t to be a politician or an activist, but to tell honest stories about individuals and that then the individual becomes universal. Then, in seeing yourself in someone you previously deemed as ‘other,’ it’s an inherently political act. By relating to something that you thought was apart from you. So I think that is, particularly now, really important.”

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New interview of Taylor Schilling and OITNB cast with THR

New quotes of Taylor Schilling  and the cast of ‘Orange Is The New Black’ cast from interview with THR

From THR

Orange Is the New Black has long relied on shipping viewers into the unknown. Beginning with Piper’s (Taylor Schilling) first days in prison to the revolving door of inmates who get sent down to max, creator Jenji Kohan has a knack for shaking things up as soon as they get comfortable. Enter: season five of the Netflix prison dramedy.

While bingeing the new season, refer to these spoiler-free chats with a handful of the actresses behind the inmates. Taylor Schilling (Piper), Danielle Brooks (Taystee), Natasha Lyonne (Nicky), Adrienne C. Moore (Cindy), Laverne Cox (Sophia), Jackie Cruz (Flaca) and Diane Guerrero (Maritza) help shed some light on the journey as they set out to find justice for one of their own.

Piper and Alex Will Be Tested

When all hell breaks loose, Piper struggles to stay on the sidelines — somewhere Alex (Laura Prepon) is very comfortable to be. After last season’s tension, Piper’s “not being in the fight is trying to do what Alex wants, to try to appease her and grow,” says Schilling. “Piper’s question in prison is always: Where do I belong? And: I don’t belong. There’s more of an internal struggle for Piper of: How do I fit?” In an effort to help Taystee’s charge to fight for change on behalf of Poussey, Piper eventually finds meaning. “She doesn’t quite fit with that crowd, but she’s trying to find a place for herself that’s meaningful and that has been the struggle from the beginning because I think that leads her in various directions.”

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Anything Can Happen

As evidenced by the writers killing Poussey, the characters of Litchfield that viewers have grown to love are no longer invincible. “Across the board, we’re always sort of weirdly ready,” says Lyonne. “I’m sure it’s probably true of theGame of Thrones cast, where you secretly do some sort of internal thing where you brace yourself that that could happen at any moment — on some strange level.” As history has shown with real-life riots such as the famous Attica prison riot of 1971, prison uprisings don’t end well for the inmates — something foreshadowed throughout the season. Could more inmates be in jeopardy, even Piper? Schilling says, “I really think so. And I think that’s what keeps it interesting. There’s nothing really off limits or formulaic to what we’re doing.”

Brace for the Ending

“For these women who no longer have this system to put them in check — this is war,” says Brooks plainly of decisions caused by power shifts and role reversals, along with their looming consequences. After last season’s gut-punch of an ending, it’s hard to imagine how this season will finish its run. especially with Orange already renewed through a season seven. But “this one is a killer. This one is wild,” says Lyonne, adding that it was emotional to shoot. Schilling agrees, “It’s a big one,” even calling it  comparable in its impact to last season. “Maybe last season you could predict something was going to happen — you can’t grasp the full extent of it, but you can see where it’s going,” says Guerrero. “With this season, you just don’t know anything.”

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Quotes from the FYC: Orange Is The New Black Panel

Here’s are some quotes from the FYC: Orange Is The New Black panel 

From Variety:

More than two years ago, “Orange Is The New Black” actress Samira Wiley sent a cryptic text message to two of her then co-stars (and real-life best friends), Danielle Brooks and Uzo Aduba. “We need to sit down over a glass of wine,” the text message read.

The message, it turned out, was the precursor for Wiley’s impending “goodbye” — spurred by the forthcoming death of her beloved “OITNB” character, Poussey. And, while Brooks and Aduba were somewhat blindsided by the news, Wiley had been privy to it for months already.

“It was heavy,” Brooks remembered, of filming the chilling — and, startlingly relevant — scene in which Wiley’s character (a black female inmate) is senselessly strangled by a white male correctional officer. “It was hea-vy.”

Birnbaum addressed Wiley first to kick off the discussion. “We’re happy to see you alive and well,” Birnbaum joked. “I’m happy to be alive,” quipped Wiley, the 30-year-old actress who has already begun to establish her artistic prowess outside of “Orange” with her comparably resonant supporting role in Hulu’s screen adaptation of “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

The panelists laughed. But Poussey’s death, and the incalculable real-world deaths it’s meant to represent, are anything but blithe. And, in the wake of Trump’s political regime, the stakes feel particularly high.

In mirroring the evolving socio-political zeitgeist throughout its four-season lifespan, “OITNB” has tackled a conveyor belt of nightmarish real-world issues, including (but certainly not limited to): prison privatization, police brutality, and Black Lives Matter. And, in doing that, it has catalyzed a wider series of dialogues and a heightened awareness of those issues and how they manifest outside of the show.

“Just by being honest, there’s a ripple effect,” Schilling said, reiterating writer/creator Jenji Kohan’s mantra that “the personal is universal.” Schilling, however, tries to focus predominantly on her role as a storyteller first, advocate second. “Crossing those lines is a political act,” Schilling said, “But that’s not the genesis of it.”

In just a 30-minute timespan, the panelists also managed to touch on a medley of topics, both practical and theoretical, including the philosophies behind Netflix’s push toward innovative TV and “the osmosis of character” (Aduba’s delightfully thoughtful — albeit, roundabout — response to the question “If you could play any character besides your own, who would it be?”).

“My cast is smart,” Brooks cut in, finally articulating the sentiment that had been hanging in the air for the duration of the evening. “That’s all I have to say. Intelligent women.”

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From THR

Through the storytelling of the Emmy Award-winning Jenji Kohan series, people across the country who may not have known about these issues on a personal level now have a connection and understanding through Poussey. Schilling, who plays leading inmate Piper Chapman, said the show was so honest about the outside world that it turned from personal to universal and inadvertently became a political stance.

“There’s a ripple effect and in our case it allows for the audience to see people who may be outside of their sexuality, race, socioeconomic status, size, gender or many number of things and see how it relates to them,” she said. “I think crossing those lines is a political act, but that’s not the genesis of it.”

Cox echoed Schilling by calling Orange “more than a show” since the issues they deal with are real. “It has us constantly thinking beyond ourselves because the stakes are so high,” she said. “Because people out there in the world are dying.”

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