While their wardrobe on their television series may be restricted to mostly orange prison garb, the ladies of Netflix’s hit series Orange is the New Black cleaned up very nice this past weekend.
The series, which drops all episodes of Season 2 on June 6, was celebrated at PaleyFest 2014, the annual television festival held by the Paley Center For Media and all of your favorites from the show were present at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood for the lovefest.
However, the lovefest wasn’t only between the audience of fans but between the actors and series creator Jenji Kohan, who admitted there may have been some early concern about so many women working together. “You get a bunch of women together and, ya know, it’s going to be a bitchfest…and it’s not true.”
Laura Prepon, who, as inmate Alex spent most of the first season trying to win back her former lover, Piper (Taylor Schilling), only to lose her again in the season finale, explained, “I grew up hanging out with mostly a bunch of guys and when I first got the show they said, ‘What are you going to do with all those women?’ ‘I don’t know?’ Everybody is so amazing and we have so much fun and it’s so supportive.”
The actress also gushed, “I love these girls, I love Jenji and the story. My character is such a bad ass…” Prepon also said that she was overwhelmed when the fans cried out when it initially seemed like she wouldn’t be in every episode of the second season. “When there was a bit of scheduling conflict, the love that I got from the fans was really, really amazing.”
What else was amazing for Prepon? Working with co-star and on-screen love interest Schilling, who made it easy when the actresses started working together on the show wearing very little clothing. “The first scene we had to do was the shower scene,” Prepon said. “We were like ‘Good to see you again, let’s get naked.’ I remember after we did that scene, we did a take of it, and Taylor looks at me and said, ‘Girl, thank God it was you.’ And I said, ‘Girl, thank God it was you.’ So comfortable, so much chemistry and it’s great.”
As for the sexuality on the show, Kohan almost seemed surprised that it’s a talking point. “It’s not confronted,” she explained of how she approaches the subject in the series. “That’s the whole point. It’s natural, it’s normative, it’s presented as something that’s part of everyone’s life. It’s not the very special episode about the transgender character. It’s normalizing the conversation.”
Yael Stone, whose character, Lorna, had a sexual affair with Natasha Lyonne’s Nicky in the first season, explained that the relationships on the show go much deeper than the surface and reflects the way the women work together. “It’s a beautiful story about comfort, about connection,” said the Aussie actress. “That’s really what’s happening for us personally and for our characters and I think that’s a really beautiful part of the story that people are coming together because that’s what humans need, oddly enough.”