The Hot List: Orange is the New Black


By Editors

With season 2 of Netflix's hit series on the way, we caught up with the inmates

Photography by Amanda Friedman. Above: from left, the cast of Orange Is the New Black: Lea Delaria, Taylor Schilling, Laura Prepon, Uzo Aduba, and Laverne Cox.

Last summer, the breakout series Orange Is the New Black legitimized Netflix as a formidable source of original programming. But the prison drama, created by Weeds’s Jenji Kohan, also showcased one of television’s most diverse, complex, and three-dimensional female casts in recent history, including a number of LGBTQ standouts. The show quickly revealed itself as more than a clever, absurd peep behind the walls of Litchfield Correctional Facility; it was a gripping, often heartrending examination of class, gender, race, politics, and the struggle to find some remnant of freedom, even on the “inside.”

The first season of OITNB — which recently claimed a 2013 Peabody Award and scored multiple awards nominations for its outstanding writing and acting — left viewers breathless with its bone-chilling cliffhanger finale, in which Piper (Taylor Schilling) finally loses control, attacking her fellow inmate and nemesis in a dark, snow-covered jail yard. Expectations are huge for the second season, which premieres June 6. But before we let the binge-watching commence, we caught up with some of the show’s beloved stars.