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Ten Things you Didn't Know About the Orange is the New Black Cast Members

Updated on June 24, 2015

They're Back in Orange is the Black!

Orange is the New Black (OITNB) Season 2 created by Jenhi Kohan (Weeds) dropped like the big, dysfunctional citrus-colored bomb that it is on Netflix June 6, 2014. And it did not disappoint! Watching the characters develop through the second season has taken fans from raving to rabid and most just can't get enough binging on OITNB with Netflix's on demand streaming.

The OITNB binges bring about a natural curiosity in fan base regarding the talented actors and actresses who play the characters surviving daily life in a women's prison. Here are ten interesting facts about these performers that OITNB enthusiasts are sure to want to know.

Matt McGrorry - "Bennett"
Matt McGrorry - "Bennett" | Source

1. Matt McGorry "Officer Bennett" - One Leg or Two?

Matt McGorry plays a naughty, but nice corrections officer who gets inmate Daya Diaz pregnant. On the show, he is missing a leg and wears a prosthetic as a result from what viewers thought was a stint in Afghanistan. Turns out as the story goes, it was really something this less than innocent character contracted from a dirty hot tub in Florida.

According to, McGorry, "... has both his legs in real life" so ladies you can quit feeling sorry for him and start wondering what will become of this expectant dad in season three.

Pablo Schreiber - "Pornstache"
Pablo Schreiber - "Pornstache" | Source

2.Pablo Schreiber "Pornstache" - From Sexy to Creepy

Pablo Schreiber didn't start out looking to be the creepy prison guard, "Pornstache". According to, he was, "...actually considered for Larry (played by Jason Biggs)."

Schreiber, however, wanted to, "..mess with people’s perceptions" after his sexualized character on Weeds started rousing the affection of female viewers. Hats off to the actor for switching it up and playing "Pornstache" - probably the sleaziest character on the show.

3. Uzo Aduba - We Got our "Crazy Eyes" on You

Uzo Aduba is brilliant as Susan "Crazy Eyes" Warren! Hands down it's hard to see this character as anything more than scary, endearing and downright crazy. But Aduba is actually very normal. According to, she was a competitive figure skater and division I track star in college. And speaking of surprising, take a look at the video to see how absolutely gorgeous and poised this woman truly is in real life.

Sophia Burset as "Laverne Cox"
Sophia Burset as "Laverne Cox" | Source

4. Sophia Burset "Laverne Cox" - Is She or Isn't She?

4. Oh, yes she is! Sophia Burset really is trans gender. According to TV, Burset is "...a trans woman of color actually playing a trans woman of color — a first on mainstream television."

Burset is gorgeous and likable as Laverne Cox this season. She wisely tells TV Guide, "What I've always believed is that if you get to know someone as a human being that everything — all the preconceptions and stereotypes you might have had about them — will fade away."

As a graduate of the Alabama School of Fine Arts in Birmingham, Alabama and Marymount Manhattan College in New York City, New York, viewers aren't going to see this fine actress fade away anytime soon.

Jason Biggs is "Larry Bloom"
Jason Biggs is "Larry Bloom" | Source

5. Jason Biggs "Larry Bloom" - Naked Tweets for a Reason

Jason Biggs is very likable as "Larry Bloom", Tyler's fiancé. We end up feeling bad for this guy over and over again. Don't feel too bad, he isn't as innocent as he appears which many viewers found out in OITNB second season. In fact, in real life recently, he posed in the nude!

According to, "The "Orange is the New Black" star modeled in the buff, save for a book strategically draped over his body, for a photo posted Tuesday on Twitter. That book happens to be "I Like You Just The Way I Am," written by Biggs' wife, Jenny Mollen."

You gotta love a guy who will get naked to promote his wife!

Lauren Lapkus plays Officer Susan Fischer.
Lauren Lapkus plays Officer Susan Fischer. | Source

6. Lauren Lapkus "Officer Susan Fischer" - Funnier Than You Think

Lauren Lapkus plays Officer Susan Fischer, the mousy prison guard who has seen the affection of both prisoners and co-workers alike. Hard to believe when the character seems like nothing more than a wallflower who ended up in a good federal job.

Realistically, Lapkus is so much more and has actually performed stand up comedy starting from her high school days until present and has yucked it up with some impressive comedians. According to, Lapkus "is a multi-talent that anyone who enjoys comedy should be paying close attention to."

Nick Sandow as "Joe Caputo"
Nick Sandow as "Joe Caputo" | Source

7. Nick Sandow is "Joe Caputo" and the "Sideboob" Band Really Exists

According to, "...warden’s assistant Joe Caputo (Nick Sandow) has a band called Sideboob that performs in episodes five and six. And, miraculously, said band is not confined to the screen — it released three classic rock-tinged fist-bump-fests via Bandcamp as well."

According to the article, Sandow won't be quitting his day job, but the band has been receiving some attention online. It's to be seen in Season three whether Sideboob makes a reappearance.

Dascha Polano is "Daya Diaz"
Dascha Polano is "Daya Diaz" | Source

8. Dascha Polano Plays Inmate "Daya Diaz" - It's All in a Days Work

Dascha Polanco plays an inmate with a secret, Dayanara Diaz. According to a Huffington Post interview - what's interesting about Polanco is she had a job at a hospital and was attending nursing school at the time of her audition for OITNB. She auditioned in her scrubs!

Polanco has a bachelor's degree in psychology with some of her favorite subjects being organic chemistry and forensic psychology. It seems for now, her path has changed from education to acting out incarceration.

Barbara Rosenblat is "Miss Rosa"
Barbara Rosenblat is "Miss Rosa" | Source

9. Barbara Rosenblat "Miss Rosa" has a Story to Tell

Barbara Rosenblat, who plays on our sympathy with her cancer-stricken character "Miss Rosa" on the second season of OITNB has a secret talent.

Rosenblat is one of the most sought after and beloved narrators of audiobooks in the country. According to her own Website, her extraordinary range of accents and characterizations are available in a distinguished body of work (more than 400 titles to date) and have earned her 8 coveted Audie Awards from the Audio Publishers Association. (The Audies are the industry's Oscar and Barbara has won more of them than any female narrator.)

Taryn Manning is "Pennsatucky"
Taryn Manning is "Pennsatucky" | Source

10. Taryn Manning "Pennsatucky" has Some "Super Bowl" Relatives

Yes, it's true, the religiously freaky Taryn Manning "Pennsatucky" is the cousin of Eli and Peyton Manning. According to, " real life, Taryn Manning calls brothers and Super Bowl champs Eli and Peyton Manning her cousins. They’re her second cousins. Clearly there are a lot of talented folks running around in that family.

Needless to say, the Manning family has their game on!

In conclusion

Get ready fans! According to the International Business Times Entertainment page, Season 3 is already in production. Alex Vause (Laura Prepon) will be back with a vengeance in the third season and Mary Steeburgen is set to appear.

Bring it on - fans will be ready for the binge!

The Cast

Taylor Schilling - Piper Chapman (27 episodes, 2013-2015)

Michael Harney - Sam Healy (27 episodes, 2013-2015)

Kate Mulgrew - Galina 'Red' Reznikov (27 episodes, 2013-2015)

Jason Biggs - Larry Bloom (27 episodes, 2013-2015)

Natasha Lyonne - Nicky Nichols (27 episodes, 2013-2015)

Danielle Brooks - Tasha 'Taystee' Jefferson (25 episodes, 2013-2015)

Uzo Aduba - Suzanne 'Crazy Eyes' Warren (25 episodes, 2013-2015)

Samira Wiley - Poussey Washington (25 episodes, 2013-2015)

Dascha Polanco - Dayanara Diaz (25 episodes, 2013-2015)

Nick Sandow - Joe Caputo (24 episodes, 2013-2015)

Selenis Leyva - Gloria Mendoza (24 episodes, 2013-2015)

Yael Stone - Lorna Morello (24 episodes, 2013-2015)

Joel Garland - Scott O'Neill (23 episodes, 2013-2014)

Taryn Manning - Tiffany 'Pennsatucky' Doggett (23 episodes, 2013-2015)

Catherine Curtin - Wanda Bell (23 episodes, 2013-2014)

Lea DeLaria - Big Boo (23 episodes, 2013-2014)

Matt McGorry - John Bennett (23 episodes, 2013-2014)

Vicky Jeudy - Janae Watson (21 episodes, 2013-2014)

Laverne Cox - Sophia Burset (19 episodes, 2013-2014)

Annie Golden - Norma Romano (19 episodes, 2013-2014)

Elizabeth Rodriguez - Aleida Diaz (19 episodes, 2013-2014)

Emma Myles - Leanne Taylor (19 episodes, 2013-2014)

Laura Prepon - Alex Vause (18 episodes, 2013-2015)

Jackie Cruz - Flaca Gonzales / ... (18 episodes, 2013-2014)

Constance Shulman - Yoga Jones (18 episodes, 2013-2014)

Adrienne C. Moore - Cindy Hayes (17 episodes, 2013-2014)

Beth Fowler - Sister Ingalls (17 episodes, 2013-2014)

Diane Guerrero - Maritza Ramos (17 episodes, 2013-2014)

Jessica Pimentel - Maria Ruiz (17 episodes, 2013-2014)

Pablo Schreiber - George 'Pornstache' Mendez (16 episodes, 2013-2014)

Maria Dizzia - Polly Harper (16 episodes, 2013-2014)

Abigail Savage - Gina Murphy (16 episodes, 2013-2014)

Lolita Foster - Eliqua Maxwell (15 episodes, 2013-2014)

Alysia Reiner - Natalie Figueroa (15 episodes, 2013-2014)

Michelle Hurst - Miss Claudette Pelage (13 episodes, 2013)

Lauren Lapkus - Susan Fischer (13 episodes, 2013-2014)

Barbara Rosenblat - Miss Rosa (13 episodes, 2013-2014)

Lin Tucci - Anita DeMarco (13 episodes, 2013-2014)

Lorraine Toussaint - Vee Parker (12 episodes, 2014)

Matt Peters - Joel Luschek (11 episodes, 2013-2014)

Laura Gómez - Blanca Flores (11 episodes, 2013-2014)

Julie Lake - Angie Rice (11 episodes, 2013-2014)]




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      Louise Powles 

      3 years ago from Norfolk, England

      I'm really enjoying this show. I'm currently on Season 3 now.

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      Carla J Swick 

      6 years ago from NW PA

      Thanks so much IRC - I appreciate the read! From one fan to another. cjbehr

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      Linda Crist 

      6 years ago from Central Virginia

      Well, what fun this hub is. I love this show and learned so many interesting things about the cast here. It's not only well written but also well organized and easy (and fun) to read. Great job! Voted up and sharing.


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