Stars lost in trans­la­tion

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - INSIDER -

The US stars of Or­ange Is The New Black learnt an im­por­tant les­son when they landed in Syd­ney this week — don’t say the word “fanny” in Gucci. Samira Wi­ley, Lea DeLaria, Danielle Brooks and the show’s Aus­tralian star Yael Stone ar­rived in Syd­ney this week to take part in last night’s Mardi Gras pa­rade and pro­mote the hugely-suc­cess­ful tele­vi­sion se­ries.

But when DeLaria and Brooks ducked out to en­joy some re­tail ther­apy, they had a hilarious ex­pe­ri­ence in a high-end de­signer store in the CBD.

“This one (Brooks) goes ‘Yeah, I want to buy a fanny pack’ and she said it like 10 times,” DeLaria told Con­fi­den­tial amid fits of laugh­ter.

“I used to live in Eng­land and I’ve been here 10 times, and on the 10th time she said it, I re­alised why the shop girl was freak­ing out.

“I was like, ‘Oh no, the word fanny in Aus­tralia means a very dif­fer­ent thing to (what it means) in Amer­ica.’ In Gucci, you don't want to be say­ing the word ‘fanny’ re­peat­edly.”

Brooks said the store at­ten­dant fi­nally worked out what she needed af­ter much blush­ing and em­bar­rass­ment.

“I got my bum bag, I got it now,” she said, laugh­ing.

The pair joined co-stars Stone and Wi­ley, 13 Rea­sons Why stars Alisha Boe and Chris­tian Navarro, Mind­hunter’s Jonathan Groff, and Dan­nii Minogue on the Net­flix Aus­tralia float dur­ing what was Syd­ney’s big­gest ever Mardi Gras pa­rade.

“I have never seen any­thing like it,” DeLaria said. “The way the peo­ple dress up, they have re­hearsals for their floats here, it’s in­cred­i­ble.”

Added Wi­ley: “It was so lit.”

Samira Wi­ley, Yael Stone, Danielle Brooks and Lea DeLaria. Picture: Dar­ren Leigh Roberts

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