TV: Taylor Schilling Of Netflix’ ‘Orange Is The New Black’ Injures Self Shooting Lesbian Sex Scene

Orange is the New Black star Taylor Schilling would be well advised to practice safe sex; or at least safer sex.

Schilling, who plays Piper Chapman on the hit Netflix series, during an interview on Late Night with Seth Meyers to promote her appearance in the film The Overnight, explained to Meyers how she inadvertently hurt herself while shooting a lesbian sex scene with co-star Laura Prepon, who plays Alex Vause, Chapman’s on again, off again romantic interest in the show.

According to Schilling, the sex scene became pretty intense with both actresses rolling around floor and behind furniture, and according to Tyler McCarthy of the International Business Times, the injury took place as Schilling was hurriedly removing her top and scratched herself in the face with the name tag that was pinned on front.

“I hurt myself. I took my shirt off, and I scratched myself with my little name tag. There was a gash on my face, there was blood.”

“We had to take an hour long pause because, you know, the blood.”

According to People Magazine’s Lindsay Kimble, steamy sex scenes like the one that resulted in the gash on Schilling’s forehead and that take place in The Overnight did not initially come easy for the starlet. Schilling explained how she was eventually able to propel herself through the initial uncomfortable vulnerability of filming such scenes, especially in front of what is usually a large group of strangers that is the film crew.

“A lot of people are watching, and it’s hard enough when the lights are off and you’re by yourself in your room.”

“I’ve needed some hand-holding. But what it always comes back to and why I think those conversations are so valuable. We get to the truth of the scene and there’s never anything gratuitous on this show.”

Orange is the New Black debuted July 11, 2013 as one of Netflix’ first original series and became an instant hit. In its first season, Black earned 12 Primetime Emmy Awards. The third season, featuring the Schilling/Prepon sex scene that caused the injury, hits Netflix this month. OITNB was created by Jenji Kohan, the Emmy winning Supervising Producer of the HBO sketch comedy series Tracy Takes On…, which starred comedy legend Tracy Ullman, and is produced by Tilted Productions in association with Lionsgate Television. In April, the series was renewed for a fourth season which is scheduled to hit Netflix in 2016.