Stars lost in translation
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