Curious about the actors who play some of the greatest characters in Litchfield Penitentiary?
Orange is the New Black cast
Piper Chapman / Taylor Schilling
Piper Chapman, the main character of the Orange is the new black cast, is played by Taylor Schilling. Taylor developed an interest in acting while she was in junior high school after being cast in her schools version of “Fiddler on the Roof”. Though Taylor Schilling is best known for her role as Piper, she has played a few other major parts. She played the role of Christine Mendez in the 2012 hit Argo. She also had a part in the 2009 TV series Mercy as a nurse. You can expect to see Taylor Schilling starring in 2015’s upcoming, The Overnight.
“Red” / Kate Mulgrew
Red, the cold Russian inmate of Litchfield Penitentiary is played by Kate Mulgrew. Aside from her role as Red, she is best known for her work in Janeway in Star Trek: Voyager from 1995-2001 as Captain Kathryn. Kate Mulgrew plays the character Kove on the Adult Swim comedy NTSF:SD:SUV. Kate Mulgrew has voided many video game characters as well. She has been cast in the Dragon Age series, Lords of EverQuest, Run Like Hell, and Star Trek games. She is an amazing asset to the Orange is the New Black cast because of her wide range.
Nicky / Natasha Lyonne
Natasha Lyonne plays the role of the lesbian junkie, Nicky. Natasha started her career in the entertainment industry at the young age of six. Early on in her career she was signed with Ford Models and shortly after got cast in Pee-wee’s Playhouse in 1986. Aside from her part as Nicky, her best known role is in the American Pie series as Jessica. She has started in several independent films as well.
Larry / Jason Biggs
Jason Biggs plays Larry, Piper’s fiancé upon arrival to Litchfield. Larry Biggs is quite possibly the most famous actor in the Orange is the New Black cast due to his starring role in the American Pie series. He also played the voice of Leonardo in the 2012 TV series remake of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Jason Biggs just finished working on the 2015 comedy, Drive, She Said.
Crazy Eyes / Uzo Aduba
Piper meets Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren, played by Uzo Aduba, early on as she pursues Piper as her prison wife. Uzo Aduba has not had many roles other than being part of the Orange as the New Black cast but you can expect to see her staring in Pearly Gates, releasing in 2015.
Taystee / Danielle Brooks
Taystee, one of the most beloved inmates by fans, is played by Danielle Brooks. Being part of the Orange is the New Black cast has so far been her biggest role to date. Danielle Brooks will be voicing one of the characters in the animated movie, Angry Birds, based after the popular mobile video game. It is expected to release in 2016.
Gloria Mendoza / Selenis Leyva
Gloria, the leader of the Hispanic inmates, is played by Selenis Leyva. Selenis Leyva is currently filming the 2015 drama, Chapter & Verse, as character Yolanda. Aside from Orange is the new black Selenis is best known for her voice acting in the Ice Age series.
Pennsatucky / Taryn Manning
Pennsatucky, the religious meth addict, is played by Taryn Manning. Aside from being part of the Orange is the New Black cast, Taryn Manning is best known for her scene in 8 Mile as Janeane, where she plays an ex-girlfriend of Eminem’s character. It is rumored that, that is the reason why she has the grey hoodie, as a tribute to Eminem’s character ,Jimmy Smiths, grey hoodie. Taryn is one of the actors with the largest acting resume of the whole cast. She has been in Hustle and flow, CSI: Miami, Redemption Road, and Sons of Anarchy to name a few. She has 8 other projects in the works.
Yoga Jones / Constance Shulman
Yoga Jones, played by Constance Shulman, is the peaceful yoga instructor at Litchfield Penitentiary. Constance has a very unique voice and has played the character of Patti Mayonnaise in the Nickelodeon 1990s classic, Doug. She played to role of Missy in the classic movie Fried Green Tomatoes. Constance will be playing the character of Rowland in the upcoming drama, The Broken Ones.
Pornstache / Pablo Schreiber
Pablo Schreiber is part of the Orange is the New Black cast as Pornstache, the twisted correctional officer. Aside from his role in Orange is the New Black, Pablo is best known for his role as Demetri Ravitch in Weeds and role as William Lewis in Law and Order. Pablo Schreiber was nominated for a Tony Award for his Broadway performance in Awake and Sing. His latest project is a feature film called The Moon and the Sun as Dr. Labarthe.
Alex Vause / Laura Prepon
Laura Prepon plays Alex Vause, the ex-girlfriend and reason for Piper landing in prison. Laura Prepon is best known for her role as Donna Pinciotti in That 70’s show and appeared on 200 episodes. She has had many guest starring roles on popular TV shows, House M.D., Men at Work and Catsle to name a few. In real life, Laura is good friends with fellow Orange is the New Black cast members Natasha Lyonne and Taylor Schilling.
Big Boo / Lea DeLaria
Big Boo, played by Lea DeLaria, is the lesbian inmate that often competes with Nicky to get women. Lea Delaria spent a couple of years working on the ABC soap opera One Life to Live as Professor Delbert Fina. She has had many guest starring roles; Will and Grace, Californication and Law and Order to name a few.