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