12 Things You May Not Know About “Orange Is The New Black”

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The Women In The Opening Credits Are Real Ex-Felons
Set to Regina Spektor’s “You’ve Got Time” (which was written specifically OITNB in mind), the credits are a montage of smiles, frowns, glares and stares of formerly incarcerated women. In order to get the right facial expressions, the women were asked to visualize three things: “a peaceful place,” “a person who makes you laugh,” and finally, “something that you want to forget.”

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Taryn Manning Did A Deep Dive In Fanatical Religious Groups Order To Perfect Pennsatucky
If you’ve ever wondered how Taryn Manning got so good at playing Pennsatucky, the Bible-thumping recovering crystal meth addict on Orange, it’s because of all the research. “[Pennsatucky] is very serious about reforming and Jesus Christ being her savior,” Manning told E! News in 2013. “The way that I prepared was… I went to church a bunch — like back to back to back.” She also spent countless hours reading The Bible: “It was important to me that I understood when a Christian with that level of devotion speaks, it just comes right out with no hesitation.”

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Laura Prepon Was Too Cool To Get The Role She Wanted: Piper
Jen Euston, the show’s casting director, and creator Jenji Kohan agreed that Laura Prepon was too cool and confident to play the neurotic Piper. The two didn’t think that the show’s audience would worry about someone so composed and quick-witted as Prepon. From then on, the two designed Alex around Prepon, including the character’s thick-rimmed glasses and jet-black hair.