Netflix has just released the seventh and final season of Orange Is the New Black, and actress Danielle Brooks is sharing her experience while filming the popular prison series, according to a report from TVLine.
This season of Orange Is the New Black finds Brooks' character, Tasha "Taystee" Jefferson, struggling to stay alive after being handed a life sentence. At the beginning of the season, it quickly becomes clear to viewers that Taystee is dealing with suicidal thoughts and is preparing to end her life. During the final moments of episode four, Taystee is seen organizing her belongings before working to create a makeshift noose out of her prison uniform. She then ties the noose to the side of her bunk and attempts to hang herself.
Ultimately, Taystee's suicide attempt fails, but filming such an intense scene was incredibly difficult for the actress.
"When I think about that scene where she tries to commit suicide, just mentally, it was rough for me to get through," Brooks said. "I found myself having to walk around the set for about 10-20 minutes afterwards to clear my head of what I was experiencing in my heart, mind, body and soul, through one-hundred percent of my being."
Brooks pointed out that she had solid support from the show's producers and director, but that she wished there was more therapeutic support while filming such intense scenes. Brooks also noted that having to film the scene multiple times also contributed to her struggle, but she's grateful she was strong enough to tackle the task at hand.