23 Surprising Facts About “Orange Is The New Black”

Bonus fact: You should be watching this show.

1. The actress who plays Yoga Jones was the voice of Patty Mayonnaise on Doug.

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2. Pablo Schreiber, who plays “Pornstache” Mendez, is Liev Schrieber’s half-brother in real life.

And also played Nick Sobotka on The Wire.

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3. Laverne Cox’s (Sophia) real-life twin brother played her pre-transition in the flashback sequence in Episode 3…

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4. …which was directed by Jodie Foster.

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5. Yael Stone, who plays Morello, is Australian.

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6. This is Crazy Eyes in real life (actress Uzo Aduba).

She is also a Broadway actor, having been in Godspell.

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7. The bartender from Episode 7 is actress Lindsay Felton, who played Caitlin in Nickelodeon’s Caitlin’s Way.

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8. This is the real Piper and Larry…

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9. …who once had their closet redone and the space-saving process was documented for a magazine

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10. …and Larry really wrote a Modern Love piece in The New York Times. This is it.

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11. There is an American Pie reference in the first episode of the series.

Original gifset via here.

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12. Red is actress Kate Mulgrew. You may may know her as Captain Kathryn Janeway from Star Trek

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13. …and there was a Star Trek reference between her and Nicky where she didn’t know who Spock was.


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14. The opening-credits music was written and performed for the show by Regina Spektor.

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15. This guy from Episode 12 looks like Leonardo DiCaprio:

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16. The scar we see on Nicky is a real scar from heart surgery Natasha Lyonne had in 2012.

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17. Jason Biggs’ character was watching Weeds in one episode, which was created by this show’s creator Jenji Kohan…

h/t: Vulture

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18. …and Natasha Lyonne, Pablo Schreiber and Michael Harney all made appearances on Weeds.

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19. Actress Taryn Manning, who plays Pennsatucky, is cousins with Eli and Peyton Manning…

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…and was in the 2002 movie Crossroads.

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20. Laura Prepon and Lauren Lapkus were costars on NBC’s Are You There, Chelsea?

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21. Taylor Schilling, who plays Piper, looks like Jared Leto.


(It’s a fact!)

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22. Matt McGorry, who plays CO Bennet, used to be a body builder and personal trainer.


You can see plenty more of him here.

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And one that isn’t so surprising…

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23. The entire cast is amazing and perfect.

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You can find more amazing cast photos here.

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