It’s no secret that Netflix original series shows are becoming some of the hottest must-see television lately. Whether it’s because we love to binge-watch an entire season at once, or because they’re just taking more risks and bringing more innovative programming than the cable networks, there’s usually at least one Netflix series that you’ve binge-watched over and over again. And, amongst them all, none is as big as Orange Is The New Black.
Orange Is The New Black, a series based on the memoir written by Piper Kerman, basically started a cultural phenomenon. Everyone was obsessed with knowing what happened to the women inside Litchfield from season to season, and it became nearly impossible not to binge-watch the entire season within 24 hours of release. From perky blonde Piper to queen of the kitchen Red, from the prison guards to the adorable Morello, we love following all the inmates episode to episode.
When you’re that interested in a series (or when you’re eagerly awaiting the next season after accidentally binge-watching way too many episodes), you soon start to wonder about the actors and actresses outside of their characters. You start to wonder who came up with Flaca’s crazy makeup, and what the real Litchfield is like.
Well, we’re here to satisfy your curiosity, and maybe provide you with a few facts to share during the next OITNB season release/binge-watch session. Here are 20 things you may not have known about the super popular series.
20 Laura Prepon originally auditioned to play Piper
19 Matt McGorry used to be a bodybuilder
18 The episode title is stated at some point in every episode
17 Yael Stone’s accent is totally fake
16 The eyes and mouths in the opening credits belong to real inmates
15 Laverne Cox’s real twin brother plays her in the flashback sequences
14 Samira Wiley aka Poussey doesn’t actually speak German
13 The costumes are real prison attire
12 Jenji Kohan had to beg the real Piper Kerman for the rights to adapt the memoir
11 Uzo Aduba almost quit acting
10 Kohan and the writing staff visited an actual California prison
9 Nicky’s scar is real
8 Daya and her mother are nearly the same age in real life
7 Danielle Brooks and Samira Wiley knew each other in college
6 Regina Spektor wrote the theme song specifically for the show
5 Annie Golden was a singer and Broadway star
4 The show has had several celebrity directors
3 The real Larry really did write about his relationship with Piper
2 Prop hooch was a strange concoction
1 Michael Harney had been in prison before
Michael Harney, the actor who plays counsellor Sam Healy, had been in a real prison before entering the world of Litchfield – not, however, as an inmate. When he was in college, Harney did some volunteer work at Ossining State Penitentiary. He visited a particular inmate and helped him with his case as a volunteer. Harney has become one of the more outspoken cast members when it comes to prison reform, and has made reference to several of the organizations that the real Piper Kerman works with in her daily life.
Sources: collegecandy.com, mentalfloss.com, hollywood.com
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