WATCH: Samira Wiley Interview on Late Night with Seth Meyers [June 23, 2016]

LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS -- Episode 389 -- Pictured: (l-r) Actress Samira Wiley during an interview with host Seth Meyers on June 23, 2016 -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank)

LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS — Episode 389 — Pictured: (l-r) Actress Samira Wiley during an interview with host Seth Meyers on June 23, 2016 — (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank)

Samira Wiley talks being approached by Derek Jeter, bar tending, and her work on OITNB.

Click here to watch the whole interview. Q&A with Danielle Brooks

Danielle Brooks (Tasha “Taystee” Jefferson) took fan questions for and talked about everything from her Orange cast mates to her experiences on The Color Purple to her favorite binge-watching television shows.

Here’s some highlights:

  • If she could pick any Orange cast member to do a Broadway show with, it would be Uzo Aduba (Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren) because she has Broadway experience.
  • The three things she says “hell no” to are coconuts, bananas, and bad attitudes.
  • She is known as being the crier of the cast.
  • She loves binging Breaking Bad, Scandal, How to Get away with Murder, and Ryan Murphy’s OJ Simpson series.

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Variety Interview with Matt McGorry on His Television Roles

On June 9, 2015, Variety sat down with Orange‘s Matt McGorry (C.O. John Bennett) to discuss his roles on How to Get away with MurderOrange, and his other minor roles.

McGorry has gotten used to going to several auditions, but has managed to lower his expectations, allowing him to have fun. When he got the job on Orange, however, he had no idea that he was to appear in all episodes of the first season.

After attending a performing arts high school and majoring in theater at Emerson College in Boston, McGorry had his ups and downs on- and off-stage as well as with his lifting and personal training career. As a star on these two hit series, he is gradually becoming more confident in his on-camera abilities.

“It takes a volume of work to really become comfortable.”

As a part of two female-driven casts, McGorry has unexpectedly become a feminist. With his increased interest in gender equality, he sees his acting career as an informative experience.

Click here to read the full article on Variety.

Nicky Nichols (Natasha Lyonne) Even More Likely to Return to Litchfield for Season 4

Entertainment Weekly just reported on a Television Critics Association interview with the cast of Orange, and it seems even more likely than ever that Natasha Lyonne will return to Litchfield in 2016.

While she can neither confirm nor deny whether or not Nichols will return next season, the fact that she was present for this panel and discussing her character’s development in the future makes it sound incredibly hopeful that she will return for season 4 next summer.

Click here to read the report on EW.

A Beautiful and Profound Interview with Laverne Cox (Nylon Magazine)

Nylon magazine interviewed Laverne Cox just a day after her return from Paris with the Orange Is the New Black cast. Gabrielle Korn sat down with Ms. Cox to learn more about her experience as a transgender woman in the 21st century. Among highlighting her strength and passion for self-acceptance, Korn notes Cox’s kindness as her defining quality.

In light of Caitlyn Jenner’s public coming out, Laverne Cox has been the go-to-gal for all questions concerning gender identity and beauty standards. Despite the immense amount of loved aimed her way, she admits that despite the overwhelming love from fans on social media, she questions how she is being judged:

“So many people on my social media pages say, ‘You’re gorgeous,’ and who doesn’t like hearing that? But it made me think: Are people saying I’m beautiful for a trans person? Are they saying I’m beautiful because they couldn’t tell I’m trans? I mean, you can find blogs where people are like, ‘Laverne Cox is drop-dead gorgeous,’ and there are other blogs saying I have ‘linebacker proportions.'”

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Kate Mulgrew Starts Acting Program for Rikers Island Inmates

Kate Mulgrew (Galina “Red” Reznikov) firmly believes that inmates imaginations have the ability to free them from their circumstances. As a directing board member of the Stella Adler Studio of Acting, Mulgrew is taking the initiative to make a difference in inmates’ lives. reports:

According to a story in AM New York, Stella Adler is about to enter its second year offering acting classes in New York’s Rikers Island jail complex. It’s no small potatoes program, either: The classes have a hugely positive impact on its students.

Inmates report that this experience is the best thing to come out of Rikers Island.

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OITNB Timeline: Pop Sugar’s Comprehensive Chronology of All 3 Seasons

You may or may not be aware that the real Piper Chapman, Piper Kerman, was sentenced to prison for fifteen months. Given that all three seasons seem to take place within a relatively short period of time, Pop Sugar was determined to figure out just how long we have already been in prison.

Author Shannon Vestal uses Daya’s pregnancy, the seasons, and other holidays to pin down a time frame for our beloved TV series.

To break it down briefly for you:

  • Season 1 starts in the late summer and ends around Christmas
  • Season 2 begins in January and ends in early spring
  • and Season 3 starts on Monther’s day and roughly ends in June or July

According to this breakdown, Piper’s been in prison for roughly a year, while we have been waiting in our own personal prisons for two years waiting for each season to be released.

For the full article, click here.


Panties ARE Made in Prison: 12 Major Corporations Benefiting from Prison Industrial Complex

Popular Resistance has compiled a list of 12 corporations that are benefiting big time from the prison industrial complex. Orange is the new Black has acquainted us with the fact that service dogs are raised in prison (remember “Little Boo”?) in the first season and then portrayed inmates making intimates this past season, but it turns out all kinds of companies are cashing in on cheap labor from people who cannot unionize or need health benefits or vacation time: inmates.

The Left Business Observer reports that:

“the federal prison industry produces 100 percent of all military helmets, war supplies and other equipment. The workers supply 98 percent of the entire market for equipment assembly services; 93 percent of paints and paintbrushes; 92 percent of stove assembly; 46 percent of body armor; 36 percent of home appliances; 30 percent of headphones/microphones/speakers; and 21 percent of office furniture. Airplane parts, medical supplies and much more: prisoners are even raising seeing-eye dogs for blind people.”


1. McDonald’s

Inmates process frozen foods for McDonald’s including beef for patties, bread, milk, and chicken products.


2. Wendy’s

Wendy’s uses inmates to process frozen beef for patties.


3. Walmart

Inmates are hired for Walmart to “clean products of UPC bar codes” to resell products.


4. Starbucks

Inmates package Starbucks’ holiday coffees.


5. Sprint

Inmates are used for Sprint’s call centers.


6. Verizon

Verizon also uses inmates for telecommunication centers.

Victoria's Secret

7. Victoria’s Secret

South Carolinian female inmates sewed Victoria’s Secret products. They apparently also replace “made in” tags with “Made in USA” tags.


8. Fidelity Investments

In some cases, some of your money invested by Fidelity (401(K) plans) is used for prison labor or in other operations related to the prison industrial complex. Popular Resistance states: “The investment firm funds the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), which has created laws authorizing and increasing the use of inmates in manufacturing.”


9. J.C. Penney

Jeans from J.C. Penney have been made by inmates.


10. Kmart

Kmart has also employed inmates to make jeans.

American Airlines

11. American Airlines

Inmates take American Airlines reservations.


12. Avis

This car company also uses inmates to take reservations.

View the original article here.

Entertainment Weekly Rates Season 3 Episodes

Jonathon Dornbush ranks the episodes of season 3 from best to worst with “A Titin’ and a Hairin'” being the best, “Trust No Bitch” coming in at second, and “Fake It Till You Fake It Some More” coming in at number 13.

I personally have not rewatched the entire season yet to make a judgment about which episodes are “best” and “worst,” but I will agree with Dornbush that Pennsatucky’s flashbacks were the strongest this season. I was incredibly surprised to find myself feeling empathetic towards her.

What were your most and least favorite episodes? Comment below!

For the full list and rationalizations on EW, click here.

Monday, June 15 Marked the First Day of Shooting Season 4


Andrew McCarthy just began directing Orange is the new Black season 4 this Monday, June 15, 2015. One of his favorite parts about this show, McCarthy notes, is the multi-faceted characters. The flashbacks make you say:

“‘Oh my God there’s a whole other facet of this person I’ve never considered.’ That’s one of the wonderful things about the show.”

McCarthy has also directed Netflix’s Grace and Frankie.

To read the full article on Deadline, click the image above.