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What's your favorite part about playing Alex and what's the most challenging part? Prepon: My favorite thing is that she's a badass. [Laughs]. She's a total badass. She's great. I've never played a dark, messed-up character like this before, and it's fun to do. I think the most challenging thing is, people do liken her to the villain or whatever. In any character I ever play, whether she's good or bad or whatever, my most important thing is heart. As long as she has heart and believes wholeheartedly in what she's doing and she feels it's right and actually has integrity, that's my most important thing. So I'm like, yeah, I'm playing this girl who's a drug dealer and does all these terrible things, but she is in love with Piper. She's power-hungry. So for me it was just really making sure that I can relate to her and make sure she has heart. www.huffingtonpost.com
Contributed by Kellymarie Perez-Cruz
After a critically-acclaimed freshman season, you'd think that the stars of Netflix's "Orange Is the New Black" would be settling in for the long haul. But that's apparently not the case for all of the show's actresses, with Buzzfeed reporting that Laura Prepon will not be a regular in Season 2, according to unnamed sources close to the show. Netflix denied the story, telling HuffPost TV that rumors of Prepon's exit are "not accurate. Our season is still developing and nothing is confirmed." According to Buzzfeed, Prepon would reportedly return to tie up her storyline as Alex next season before leaving the prison-set series, with an option to return in future episodes. While it's logical for a show set in a prison to see some cast turnover as inmates are released and new convicts are incarcerated, Prepon's tumultuous relationship with Taylor Schilling's Piper is one of the central points of the series. Prepon's publicist did not immediately return HuffPost TV's request for comment. Per Buzzfeed, "One of [Prepon's] agents responded to an email by saying he could not discuss the show, and her publicist did not immediately answer an email asking why Prepon would leave 'Orange Is the New Black.'" In a recent interview with HuffPost TV, Prepon praised the role and described Alex as "an awesome character ... It's cool because, as a female actress, you always try to look for roles that are challenging, different and new. It's hard to find something like that. When we read roles, it's usually another f--king typical female role. When I read this script, there were so many rad roles, so when I read Alex I loved her." Filming on Season 2 of "Orange Is the New Black" is currently underway in New York. www.huffingtonpost.com Can I just say I adore Alex Vause and I even went out and bought sunglasses so I can flip my hair around with them to. I will be devestated when and if she leaves.
Contributed by Kellymarie Perez-Cruz
I have always been intrigued by "prison" settings via television, so I decided to give this series a shot. "Orange is the New Black" is better than I expected! As the viewer, one can witness a first-time incarceration first-hand (from a female's perspective in this case). The main character, Piper, is seen by her parents as "hoity-toity" while secretly living an edge-of-the-seat, wild lifestyle; the same lifestyle comes back to haunt her 10 years later. After becoming recently engaged to a very nice man, Piper's previous lifestyle sends her to prison. A great theme for this series is "from the Beverly Hills to the trailer park" and it is DEFINITELY worth watching!
Contributed by Tiffany Ann Stewart
"Of course, Chapman, who is played by Taylor Schilling, is terrified to go to prison. And things aren’t easy once she’s there: There are death threats, hard-core prison politics and prisoner-delivered justice, crazed lesbian stalkers and brutal prison guards. But there is also a really strong sense of female camaraderie — of women taking care of each other in a landscape that most of us cannot possibly imagine. That’s not to say that the show presents prison in a cuddly way. It’s too smart for that. And I’m too smart to suggest that anybody should really want to be in prison. Only, in the world of good television, reality is often subverted in the best of ways to make us examine our lives — and those we might initially be fearful of — in an entirely new light." Via LA Times: www.latimes.com
Contributed by Kathryn Vercillo