Taylor Schilling: ‘OITNB’ Should Address LGBT Issues

"It's important that the series has been able to reflect issues that are vital to the LGBT community as well as issues regarding prison life."


Taylor Schilling in 'Orange Is The New Black'

Taylor Schilling says it is important for ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK to address issues that affect the LGBT community.

The actress – who plays PR executive Piper Chapman in the Netflix series – loves how the popular series shows women in “different ways”.

She tells Diva magazine: “It’s important that the series has been able to reflect issues that are vital to the LGBT community as well as issues regarding prison life. Another thing that is very meaningful is that [ORANGE] allows women to be presented in different ways and shows so many different aspects of our nature.”

Taylor doesn’t think about these issues when she is acting.  Instead, she focuses on making sure she does her character “justice”.

“When I’m working on set, I’m not thinking about any of those things, really.
she adds.  “I try to focus on Piper and do justice to the character above everything else.”

Taylor also believes the program is successful at showing that audiences are interested in women’s stories as much as male-driven stories.

“Our series has shown that audiences are just as interested in women’s stories as in predominantly male-driven stories,” she says.

Taylor previously admitted she finds it “very liberating” playing a character who wears little make-up.

“I think it’s very liberating to [play a character who doesn’t wear makeup],” she says.

“It knocks away one level of artifice, and I think that is what I appreciate most about acting. It’s trying to drill down to the truth of a character, or situation or a circumstance and in some cases, lots of makeup helps with that.”

“In this situation, in the story of Piper Chapman, it really illuminates interesting parts of her that she doesn’t wear any makeup.”
The fourth season of ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK is currently streaming on Netflix.