Dasany Kristal Gonzalez, 16, is Dascha Polanco (Daya)’s daughter, whom she had at age 18. No wonder there was such a magnificent resemblance!
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Happy Birthday, Dascha Polanco (Dayanara Diaz)!
December 3, 1982.
Dascha turns 34 today.
[Click here to see what the cast mates had to say to Literary Litchfield!]
Tomorrow–Friday, June 24 1 PM ET/10 AM PT–the @OITNB Twitter will be hosting an #AskOrange event, where you can live tweet many of Orange’s cast members, listed below:
- Laura Prepon (Alex Vause) — @LauraPrepon
- Alan Aisenberg (Baxter “Gerber” Bayley) — @AlanAisenberg
- Kimiko Glenn (Brook Soso) — @KimikoGlenn
- Dascha Polanco (Dayanara Diaz) — @SheIsDash
- Natasha Lyonne (Nicky Nichols) — @nlyonne
- Danielle Brooks (Tasha “Taystee” Jefferson) — @thedanieb
- Diane Guerrero (Maritza Ramos) — @
- Jessica Pimentel (Maria Ruiz) — @TheCrusher007
- Emma Myles (Leanne Taylor) — @_emmamyles
- Adrienne C. Moore (Black Cindy Hayes) — @amoore9
- Rosal Colon (Ouija) — @RosalMargarita
- Lori Petty (Lolly Whitehill) — @loripetty
- Brad William Henke (Desi Piscatella) — @bwhenke
- Selenis Leyva (Gloria Mendoza) — @selenis_leyva
- Tamara Torres (Weeping Woman) — @aramatcoffee
Last year, the #AskOrange event ran for about an hour-hour and a half, or until the cast member had to sign off. They will each be tweeting from their individual Twitter handles (as indicated above). Get those questions ready!
Maria Ruiz is going to successfully take charge of Piper Chapman’s prison panty empire.
Lolly Whitehill, Maritza Ramos, and Aleida Diaz are going to endure quite a bit of heartbreak this season. My best guesses are the fact that Lolly is going to come to terms with what created her paranoia–likely through flashback storytelling. Maritza is walking directly into the malignant grasp of C.O. Charlie Coates. Aleida will likely be shut out of Daya‘s life entirely.
Vanity Fair additionally reports that a lot of events will occur up through episode six, when things really start to set into motion and explode.
Other topics have been identified for this season’s discussions: the disenfranchisement of the United States prison population, the amorality of corporate greed, and the longevity of rape culture.
And there’s one HELL of an ending we get to look forward to this season! The writer feels that Orange has always been a pioneer in exposing the injustices of America; however, season four allows the show to “finally fin[d] its message.”
Digital Spy also reported that the very first episode “features on of the show’s very darkest scenes to date.”
Judy King has been singled out as Litchfield’s newest villain who has been sent to Litchfield to make each of the inmates’ lives a a living Hell.
Our favorite inmates sent to Maximum Security and the SHU will be reappearing in the first half of the season (that means Nicky Nichols, Sophia Burset, and possibly even Stella Carlin and Miss Claudette Pelage!).
The very first episode will not feature a single flashback, making this the very first episode in the show’s history to not do so.
Refinery 29 sat down with cast members Yael Stone (Lorna Morello), Dascha Polanco (Dayanara Diaz), Selenis Leyva (Gloria Mendoza), Uzo Aduba (Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren), and Lea DeLaria (Carrie “Big Boo” Black) to talk about what it means to be a feminist, girl power, and the fourth installment of Orange Is the New Black.
The following dialogue has been reproduced from the article:
What were this season’s challenges?
DeLaria: “I had a big challenge to face this year. But I can’t tell you because it’d be a big spoiler!”
[. . .]
Polanco: “My character will have her moments. She’ll distance herself from some people. It’ll be interesting to watch.”
In the series, we mostly see inmates gathering in groups, backing each other up. How important is it to you, personally, that women support each other?
DeLaria: I’m a feminist, darling. It’s very important to me.
Polanco: We were just talking about this last night. I’ve caught myself focusing on other women’s flaws at times, instead of complimenting them. But the same thing goes for myself. Whenever you look at yourself in the mirror, you should try to see the positive things, the things you’re proud of about yourself. It’s very important that we, as women, support each other these days. We need to build up an alliance. Of course, nothing will ever be perfect – but there needs to be somewhat of a balance.
[. . .]
Aduba: Women are not the enemy! You can tell other women how beautiful they are and that you admire their work. You can support and empower each other – with words and actions, with energy, friendship and loyalty. I truly believe that. And I wonder why it is that I should feel threatened by you simply because we share the same sex. It’s just not true. I want to give a shout-out to my girlfriends at this point. I am blessed to have all these amazing women around me. If we decide to form an army of women, who are all headed in the same direction, we can be so much stronger than any one of us individually. It’s the only way this show works, too.
[. . .]
DeLaria: I also believe that women should support each other a lot more. We live in a world where society teaches us not to be appreciative of one another. They force us into thinking one is better than the other. That’s a problem. But as long as we stick together and fight these ridiculous power plays, we can achieve amazing things. I have faith in humanity. And yes, when it comes to women, we have to be there for each other because, after all, no one else will.
Lea, you have been actively fighting for the rights of the LGBT community for years now…
DeLaria: I have achieved more than I ever imagined I would. As an activist I’ve been working and fighting for this for the past 35 years. I always thought I was doing this for the next generation. We still have to move past those power plays within the community though. And we need to stop assuming we’re all the same because we’re not. Listen to each other, talk to each other and learn from each other. And then take action against those who oppress us, together.
Have you ever felt you’re being oppressed?
DeLaria: As an activist, I’ve been arrested a couple of times. When I first came out, it was still illegal to be homosexual. Which is why I also got arrested once for kissing a girl by a lake in Missouri. It was against the law. A police officer took us in and put us in jail. We were released on bail, put on trial and ultimately had to pay a fine. All that for nothing but a kiss.
What about the other ladies? Would you call yourselves feminists too?
Aduba: Yes, absolutely.
Leyva: Yes. Period.
Polanco: Yes! The way I see it, when a man opens the door for me, that doesn’t affect my basic human rights. I enjoy it. ‘Cause there are men who’ll say: Okay, you wanted equal rights – I don’t need to do this for you anymore.’ But there should be a balance for everything. When we talk about equal rights, we mean job opportunities and equal pay. It’s also quite unsettling that the entertainment industry dictates this specific ideal of beauty, and I’m supposed to change in order to look beautiful, and be accepted. And you need a lot of money to be able to afford this extreme ideal, too. But it’s not about that. I try to tell people all the time that, above all, they have to love themselves.
The full interview can be found here.
Dascha Polanco (Dayanara Diaz) was interviewed by BigBoyTV about her life before acting, Orange, and her life now as a celebrity.
Polanco stated that she got her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, but she worked in the medical field up until a month before the first season of Orange was released on Netflix when she was fired from her job. She was worried about making a living until she saw what a success the show was.
In fact, her job is the reason why she almost missed her audition for Orange in the first place. She left work with fifteen minutes to spare, and when she walked into the audition, she read off lines and acted the part off the top of her head. Her role as Dayanara Diaz is her breakout role as an actress.
As a child, Polanco said she was insecure. She found that she could not relate to anyone in her neighborhood or on television because Hollywood was mainly white up until the past couple of years. She used to be very insecure at auditions. She now is less nervous. She explains,
“I’m not different anymore; I’m unique.”
Despite her success on Orange, she understands that while on a prison show, as in every other show, your job is never guaranteed, so Polanco is always prepared for the possibility that her character might be killed off or that she might get out of jail.
While she is still on the show, however, she is enjoying being recognized on the street. But she said that she doesn’t use the celebrity card ever to get herself a table at a nice I restaurant. She stated that she’s not comfortable doing it,
“I’m not entitled to anything,” Polanco said.
Watch the full interview below.
Upon entering Litchfield and being showed the ropes, Dayanara “Daya” Diaz is given a swift backhand across the face – by her mother, Aleida Diaz. Daya currently works in the kitchen under Gloria Mendoza. As of season three, episode three, Daya has 36 months left of her sentence.