What if the rest of your life was to be determined by the worst thing you’d ever done? That was the case for Piper Kerman, who in 1993, helped launder money for her girlfriend, a heroine dealer for a West African kingpin. When her sentence was completed she wrote a book, which was then used as fodder for big wigs at Netflix, along with the incredibly brilliant mind of Jenji Kohan, to bring to life what we all know and love as the mass phenomenon Orange is the New Black.
While the show is set to premiere its fourth season on June 17, with the help of strategically timed teaser trailer releases, it is clear that the writers will not be slowing down anytime soon. But what do you know about the amazing women who bring your favourite inmates to life? Below you will find 10 of your favourite women in khaki (normally), and a few facts about the actress that only the truest of fans know. As well as that, you'll quickly realize you wish that these girls got to bring their stylists into the joint because we also have photos of them looking fabulous off set.
These women are more than just sexy, you'll quickly learn that they are also inspirational. We have a woman that is making history, a woman who is speaking out about her family’s deportation, and a woman making some amazing looking food! There’s no doubt these are the biggest badasses on TV right now, but be prepared to see how amazing they look both on and off set!
20 Laura Prepon (Alex Vause)
If you’re a 90s kid, you may recognize Laura Prepon as fun loving, free spirited Donna Pinciotti from That ‘70s Show, a TV sitcom that aired from 1998 – 2006. Appearing in an impressive 200 episodes, Prepon gathered a massive fan base that has been nothing but thrilled to see “Hot Donna” all grown up.
19 Laura Prepon (Off Set)
18 Uzo Aduba (Crazy Eyes)
17 Uzo Aduba (Off Set)
16 Kate Mulgrew (Red)
15 Kate Mulgrew (Off Set)
14 Taylor Schilling (Piper Chapman)
We all have said or done things in our 20s that we stash away in a place in our mind labeled "things I did when I was 20 and stupid." If you’re not sure what I’m talking about, trust me, it’s coming. For Piper Chapman, this time period of her life included a lesbian lover, world travel, and maybe even a little drug money trafficking (but I mean, it was only the one time, so that’s okay, right?) Unfortunately, her past catches up with her at 31, and she is sentenced to one year at Litchfield Penitentiary.
13 Taylor Schilling (Off Set)
12 Taryn Manning (Tucky)
11 Taryn Manning (Off Set)
10 Danielle Brooks (Taystee)
9 Danielle Brooks (Off Set)
8 Natasha Lyonne (Nicky)
7 Natasha Lyonne (Off Set)
6 Laverne Cox (Sophia)
5 Laverne Cox (Off Set)
4 Ruby Rose (Stella Carlin)
3 Ruby Rose (Off Set)
While her current episode count is much smaller than anyone would like it to be, there has certainly been no shortage of Ruby Rose in the real world. When she’s not Instagramming the most amazing vacations, or DJ-ing completely sold out shows, she managed to find time to play a role in 3 major motion pictures set for release in the next year or so: John Wick: Chapter Two, xXx: The Return of Xander Cage and, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (try not to feel bad that you have the same number of hours in the day, okay?)
2 Diane Guerrero (Maritza Ramos)
1 Diane Guerrero (Off Set)
Off screen Guerrero recently made headlines for her memoir, In the Country We Love: The True Story of a Family Divided. She literally came home one day in 2000 to a completely empty house. Dinner was still on the stove, but her family had been arrested and was in the process of being deported to Columbia. She was born in New Jersey, so she had been left behind in America. She was 14, and with no assistance from the system that had taken her family, she moved from friend’s house to friend’s house, determined to finish high school, and even go to college. She’s spoken openly about the need for change to the system, saying “I would update the visa system, and I would have members in Congress who care about this issue and who want to make changes now and not people who are going to insult us and not people who are going to ignore us. Those are some of the moves I would make.”
On a softer side, Diane has brought her signature sass to Lina, Jane’s best friend and co-worker on the hit series Jane the Virgin, for 18 episodes.
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