Season 2 of ‘Orange Is The New Black’ premieres at midnight PT on June 6, and before you spend the next three days mainlining the series, find out what to expect with some EXCLUSIVE quotes from the cast below!
It’s nearly been one year since the first season of Orange Is The New Black premiered in July, 2013, and our long, national, OITNB-less nightmare is almost over — Season 2 premieres at midnight on June 6 and we can hardly wait! HollywoodLife.com caught up with some of the cast at the New York City premiere, and we can give you a few teases of what to expect before you spend your entire weekend Clockwork Orange-ing the Netflix series into your eyeballs. One cast member revealed that we can expect the evildoers to “definitely get called on their sh**” — read on for more!
‘OITNB’ Season 2 Preview Tease: Certain People Will Get Their Comeuppance
The lovely Alysia Reiner, who plays the no-nonsense Assistant Warden Natalie Figueroa, told HollywoodLife.com that the new season will be “gut-wrenching” — we can only imagine. We asked her about the Season 1 finale, and if anyone at Litchfield will get their comeuppance.
While it was Piper (Taylor Schilling) who ended the season having beat the actual crap out of Doggett (Taryn Manning), she only went slightly farther than self-defense after Healy (Michael Harney) walked away from their fight because he felt betrayed by Piper’s relationship with Alex (Laura Prepon).
“People definitely get called out on their sh**,” Alysia revealed. “It’s been a blast to shoot and I’m so excited to share it with you.”
‘Orange Is The New Black’: Constance Shulman Spills Details On Character Dynamics For Season 2
Meanwhile, Constance Shulman, who plays Yoga Jones — and who is as zen in person as she is on the screen — gave us some scoop on how the new characters will interact with our favorite Litchfield inmates.
“Because of the new characters that come in … you are seeing a much deeper side to people, because you’ve met them already.” She likened to the new dynamic between viewers and the characters to a relationship — “You either break up or you get back together … you have to figure out, ‘Oh this person just threw me a curveball, am I going to hang in there with them?’ … We’re seeing different sides of people. More than you’ve ever seen before.”
The most zen, right? Yoga Jones had a bit of a breakdown in the first season when Watson (Vicky Jeudy) implied that Yoga Jones molested or injured a child, for which Watson got an out-of-character slap in the face. Not much later, Yoga Jones revealed that the reason she is at Litchfield is because, while drunk, she mistook an 8-year-old for a deer eating her marijuana plants and shot him. It’s hard not to sympathasize with the inmates, despite the fact that they’re all there for legitimate reasons. As Constance said, we know the characters now.
‘Orange Is The New Black’: Vicky Jeudy & Emma Myles Reveal Details From Season 2
We also caught up with Vicky Jeudy who, as noted above, plays Janae Watson — the lonely, angry, ex-track star who was put in Litchfield for robbing a store with her boyfriend, who left her behind to take the fall. She is as opposite from her character as an actress can be — which we told her. Bright and bubbly, she replied that, “Every time I walk down the street, that’s the first thing people say! They expect me to do be like, “Yo, deuces!” Um, that would be amazing, though.
Vicky also revealed that ex-inmates have spoken to the cast, and they’ve been told that their portrayals are realistic enactments of what it’s like to be in a women’s prison. Speaking for herself, Vicky even visited a women’s prison for research! Given the difference between her personality and her character, we can definitely tell.
Emma Myles, who plays Leanne, one of Doggett’s lackeys, told us that she’s most excited for fans to see Poussey’s and Taystee’s plot lines this season, and that we’ll be able to see plenty of more backstories. However, she was tight-lipped about whose backstories in particular we’d see. Netflix doesn’t mess around when it comes to spoilers!
Stay tuned — we’ll have tons more coverage of Orange Is The New Black once the premiere airs! Interviews, recaps, reviews, oh my!
So, HollywoodLifers, will you be spending your weekend watching OITNB? Whose backstory are you most interested in seeing? Which character most deserves to get called on their sh**?! Let us know!
— Amanda Michelle Steiner