No, it’s not or­ange ... Ruby Rose is the new black

Herald Sun - Switched On - - ON THE COUCH - MICHELE MANELIS TV WRITER

With Or­ange is the New Black gear­ing up for sea­son 4, Tay­lor Schilling (right), who stars as Piper Chap­man, took time out from Litch­field pri­son to talk about the up­com­ing love tri­an­gle be­tween Piper, Alex (Laura Pre­pon) and new in­mate Stella Car­lin.

“I think as Piper is chang­ing and grow­ing, her re­la­tion­ships on the out­side are also chang­ing so the dy­namic with Alex is shift­ing,” she says.

“That plays out in this sea­son, who Piper is be­com­ing is re­flected in the re­la­tion­ship with her.”

Mel­bourne-born model, DJ and pre­sen­ter Ruby Rose, 29, plays newly ar­rived prisoner Stella whose ex­otic looks serves as a cat among the pi­geons in the drab min­i­mum-se­cu­rity fa­cil­ity.

“Stella is great,” Schilling says of the char­ac­ter who be­comes a shared love in­ter­est of ex-girl­friends Piper and Alex.

“Stella adds a whole new el­e­ment to the mix and re­ally shakes up the pri­son en­vi­ron­ment. Jenji Ko­han (se­ries cre­ator) has not missed an op­por­tu­nity to play around with that and it was cool to watch Piper ex­pand and get to know her­self through th­ese dif­fer­ent re­la­tion­ships.”

With a huge in­ter­na­tional fan base, you’d as­sume Schilling is the re­cip­i­ent of end­less fan mail from in­car­cer­ated women around the world.

“You’d think so, but I don’t re­ceive a lot of let­ters from them be­cause I don’t think they have ac­cess to un­re­stricted in­ter­net,” she says.

“But it’s very spe­cial when I do hear some­body say that our show is re­flec­tive of their ex­pe­ri­ence in pri­son and that they’re grate­ful we are au­then­ti­cally re­flect­ing what they’re been through.

“In gen­eral, my fan ex­pe­ri­ences with peo­ple have been so kind and so sweet. I re­ally value the way our show has touched peo­ple’s lives and I’m so happy to be a part of it.”

Clearly, she’s not tired of the play­ing Piper Chap­man, but does it get a lit­tle old wear­ing the same out­fit?

“It does get a lit­tle repet­i­tive, but it’s also kind of lib­er­at­ing be­cause you get to go to work and not care about that stuff and just play,” she laughs.

“You just put on the uni­form and then all of a sud­den it’s not about the out­side world but what the story is and who th­ese women are and not what they look like. As an ac­tor I ap­pre­ci­ate that so much.”

And de­spite the some­what bleak en­vi­ron­ment of a show set in a pri­son, Schilling says, “Ac­tu­ally, the set is a joy­ful place to work; noth­ing grim about it at all.”

OR­ANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, SHOW­CASE, FRI­DAY, FROM 2PM

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