Kate Mulgrew, Danielle Brooks, and Selenis Leyva Talk about Season 4

The women of Orange have been interviewed a lot these past three months. Here’s a summary of what you probably haven’t heard from anywhere else.

Kate Mulgrew (Galina “Red” Reznikov) said that season four is considerably darker than any other season that we have seen before:

“There’s a lot of laughs, but you must buckle your seat belts because she takes some very interesting turns. [Orange will be . . .] examining the prison system as it has never been examined before.”

Danielle Brooks (Tasha “Taystee” Jefferson) hinted at further character evolution and development for her character. When asked about the popularity of her character, who was only supposed to be on for a few episodes, Brooks stated,

“I think it’s because she says whatever she wants to. She brings a different color, a different way of showing life in prison versus what people are used to seeing. Taystee really is the joy of the prison. And there are so many layers to her character, especially later on when you discover why she is the way that she is and why she tries to find so much joy in this place. I think that for the audience, that’s exciting because it’s not just another ‘angry black woman’ without any depth. That’s something that people can relate to.”

When asked about the fate of the Latinas, Selenis Leyva (Gloria Mendoza) hinted at an uprising of the Hispanic women in Litchfield this season.

“There’s a lot of danger lurking around the corner this season. My heart was beating fast for the six months we were shooting.”


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