Jenji Kohan has continuously cranked out brilliant and vivacious characters. However, finding worthy actors and actresses to fill these roles has not come without a fair share of on-set catastrophes.
Mary-Louise Parker, who portrayed Nancy Botwin in Kohan’s Weeds, is talented, yet just as headstrong as her on-screen alter-ego. Kohan described their relationship as that of a “divorced couple” who fought over their child, Nancy.
One notable argument that comes to mind for Kohan is when Parker threw a script in her face, shouting, “My mother can’t watch this!” to which Kohan responded, “I’m not writing for your mother.”
While the two have had their fair share of differences on set, Kohan admits that “she’s actually good to hang out with outside of work. And she’s brilliant in the part. [. . .] At the end, I had faith that she would show up and kill it and she always did. It’s like a child that needs to cry before they go to sleep. She needed to have her little things then she’d just be brilliant.”
So, while the hard work on set for Weeds eventually paid off, Kohan’s experiences with Parker compelled her to order her casting directors for Orange Is the New Black to steer clear of divas. Even though Orange cast members have sworn on the fact that their set is drama-free, it may have been difficult for some to believe. Given that the cast is packed with strong and inspiring women, one would at least assume that someone would have to be butting heads. But not here! Jenji Kohan ensured the ease of her own job, in spite of the fact that being the show runner can be hectic to say the least!