Orange Is the New Black Star Previews the Netflix Drama's Lessons on Love, Life and Lock-Up

Orange Is the New Black Season 1 SpoilersLife is going swimmingly for Taylor Schilling‘s Orange Is the New Black suburbanite Piper. She has a beautiful home, she’s engaged to a loving man (played by American Pie‘s Jason Biggs) and… she’s going to prison?

When the new Netflix original unspools its first season this Thursday, Piper’s idyllic life is rocked when her complicated past catches up with her.

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“After she graduated [from college], she fell in love with a woman (That ’70s Show‘s Laura Prepon) who was involved with an international drug trading ring,” explains Schilling. “Piper smuggled drug money for her girlfriend. Our show picks up 10 years later when she’s in a very happy relationship – or [what] she thinks is a very happy relationship. Her ex-girlfriend has turned her in, and she’s incarcerated for a year.”

As Piper adjusts to her new, locked-up life, “everything extraneous has to be stripped away” to survive, previews Schilling. “She reaches in and finds parts of herself that she didn’t know were there.” For the sweet, ready-to-settle-down yuppie, that journey of self-discovery is “surprising” and “scary” — but also a little thrilling.

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“It kind of feels like home,” continues the actress. “It kind of feels like who she really is, being an introvert and then realizing maybe she’s more of a ballsy, extroverted [person].”

Piper will need to tap into those reserves when her strong-willed ex Alex (Prepon) re-enters her life at the most inopportune moment. Caught between her past and her present – devoted fiancé Larry is “like the fantasy that you’ll find that person, and [they will stick by you] no matter what,” describes Schilling – while locked up forces Piper “to go really deep within. In coming to terms with who she really is, she’s realizing more about who she loves and who she doesn’t love, what she’s truly attracted to and what she’s not.”

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But first and foremost, she needs to overcome the day-to-day challenges of prison life. So what’s the trick to making it out (relatively) unscathed? “My Number 1 survival tip would be: Keep to yourself,” shares Schilling. “And my second survival tip would be: Make friends.”

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  1. Mellie says:

    This looks like it could be really good. I will definitely check it out.

  2. Th says:

    You turned me in…now im in jail…but I still really love you… somehow I doubt that is how life would work

    • Pamela says:

      Really? There are plenty of women who stay in abusive relationships because they still “love” their man. Women do stupid things and make all kinds of excuses for people they are emotionally attached to. (men too, actually).

    • Ceci says:

      Actually she grows to believe that Alex (her ex-girlfriend) DIDN’T turn her in, and that’s when she feels strong feelings for her again.

  3. Vickie says:

    Not interested in seeing prison life. and I highly doubt orange will ever be the new black. Will pass on this one.

  4. Dannie says:

    If this thing is even half as good as Weeds I’m in! I will definately watch.

  5. cas says:

    Somehow I feel I am just going to feel bad for Jason Biggs and that is no fun so I think I will pass.

  6. brittany says:

    this show is the most amazing show I’ve seen in long time. I love it you should check it out