Laura Prepon spoke to Marie Claire about Orange Is the New Black‘s ability to challenge audiences. When asked about how her own beliefs match or clash with that of the show, Prepon said:
“The thing about our show is you can’t take it personally. We go after everything–racism, religion, same-sex orientation. Audiences are smart. They want to be challenged and made to think about things, whether they agree with them or not. I don’t know, there are a lot of moments on the show where I’m like, ‘okay, interesting…’ but you’re playing a character. At the end of the day, it’s a television show, and I always try to separate my personal ethics and morals if it makes sense for the character and the material. We’re hired to do our job. To pretend. And you do the best you can.”
Prepon has spoken previously about belonging to the church of Scientology, which has been speculated of being homophobic. So this might suggest that Prepon’s own beliefs are against what her own character, Alex Vause, identifies as. Regardless of her beliefs, it seems as though her role on the show is even opening her mind.