Litchfield Legends: 14 Interesting Facts About The Cast Of ‘Orange Is The New Black’
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1. Samira Wiley and Danielle Brooks, who play Taystee and Poussey, are real life best friends who attended Julliard together.
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2. Uzo Aduba made the decision to give up on acting and go to law school just 45 minutes before getting the life-changing call that she’d been cast as Crazy Eyes on ‘Orange.’
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3. Laura Prepon (who plays Alex Vause) is a real-life Scientologist.
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4. Laverne Cox has a twin brother, M. Lamar, who played Sophia in the flashback sequences before her transition.
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5. Dascha Polanco (who plays Dayanara Diaz) holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology.
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6. Diane Guerrero (who plays Maritza Ramos) wrote a book about having her family deported when she was just a teenager and met with President Barack Obama following his historic speech on immigration reform.
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7. Pablo Schreiber – who plays Officer George Mendez (aka Pornstache) – is the brother of Oscar winner Liev Schreiber.
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8. Jackie Cruz (who plays Flaca) is a professional singer. She became passionate about it after a near-fatal car accident that left her in a coma with a collapsed lung made it impossible to walk, much less sing.
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9. Lea DeLaria (who plays Big Boo) is a real-life gay comedian whose stage name is “That F*cking Dyke.”
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10. Matt McGorry (who plays Officer Bennett) is also a professional body builder.
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11. Kate Mulgrew (who plays Red) might be better known as Captain Kathryn Janeway from ‘Star Trek.’
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12. Yael Stone (who plays Morello) is using a completely fake Jersey accent on the show. She’s actually Australian.
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13. Annie Golden (who plays Silent Norma) used to be the lead singer of ’70s rock band ‘The Shirts.’
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14. Constance Shulman (who plays Yoga Jones) voiced “Patty Mayonnaise” in the ’90s hit show ‘Doug.’
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