Orange Is the New Black fans are gearing up for a season that actress Kate Mulgrew is warning will be “darker” than prior years.
Mulgrew, who plays Red in the smash Netflix series, cautioned that viewers should have no predispositions about where series creator Jenji Kohan is sending the upcoming plot line.
“There’s a lot of laughs, but you must buckle your seat belts, because she takes some very interesting turns.”
Digital Spy said that while at an April 11 event for Netflix held in Paris, Mulgrew promised Season 4 of Orange Is the New Black will be “examining the prison system as it has never been examined before.”
“It gets darker. It gets very dark. I think you will be very surprised, I think you will be wholeheartedly engaged, you will be riveted.”
— Rose Ellen Dix (@RoseEllenDix) April 12, 2016
Danielle Brooks may agree. Brooks, 24, who plays the free-spirited Taystee, has been pulling double duty between her gig on the OITNB set and playing Sophia on Broadway in The Color Purple.
Adweek asked Brooks how it is that Taystee, who was supposed to be a temporary character, cemented herself into the OITNB cast by popular demand.
“I think it’s because she says whatever she wants to. She brings a different color, a different way of showing life in prison versus what people are used to seeing. Taystee really is the joy of the prison. And there are so many layers to her character, especially later on when you discover why she is the way that she is and why she tries to find so much joy in this place. I think that for the audience, that’s exciting because it’s not just another ‘angry black woman’ without any depth. That’s something that people can relate to.”
Another breakout star of Orange Is the New Black who looks like she will stick around is Australian actress Ruby Rose, who plays inmate Stella Carlin. Ruby told Galore Magazine what she seems to have inherited with the role.
“…People will say to J. Law, ‘I want to be your best friend,’ or to T. Swift, ‘I want to be in your squad.’ Everyone has got their little thing, and the catch phrase I got after Orange was, ‘She turned me gay.'”
Actress Selenis Leyva (inmate Gloria Mendoza) told HuffPost Entertainment that Season 4 is about “The Rise of the Latinas.”
“There’s a lot of danger lurking around the corner this season. My heart was beating fast for the six months we were shooting.”
Ecumenical News had a few insights to share: “The upcoming season is set to start with an intense episode. While the women are having fun at the lake, the unauthorized frolic outside the prison zone is due to have its corresponding punishment. Alex’s (Laura Prepon) life is also hanging in the balance as the new guard appears to be under Kubra’s payroll.
“Black Cindy (Adrienne C. Moore) ended on a high note when her desire to be fully Jewish was realized with the construction mishap. It is exciting to know what changes await her in the new season and how she applies this newfound faith in dealing with her fellow prisoners.”
From the Paris event this week, Mulgrew lavished praise on the show and its creator.
“It’s a great pleasure, because I love this part, I love this process and I love Jenji Kohan. It’s great to look forward to more.”
— Orange Is the New… (@OITNB) April 13, 2016
Jenji Kohen echoed this sentiment.
“Three more years! Not quite a political term, but still plenty of time to do some interesting things. In some cultures, ‘May you lead an interesting life,’ is a curse, but I don’t live in those cultures. Here’s to keeping it interesting. Thanks Netflix! Both thanks and you’re welcome Lionsgate! And kudos and gratitude to the stellar cast and crew and writers and producers and editors and musicians and mixers and shleppers… with whom I have the pride and honor of crafting this show. Three more years! Three more years!”
Netflix will launch Season 4 of Orange Is the New Black on June 17, with the first three seasons available to stream now.
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