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The Other Places You Can See the Cast of Orange Is the New Black

Aug 20 2014 - 2:07pm

By now, Orange Is the New Black [1] devotees all know Piper Chapman, Sophia Burset, and Officer John Bennett, but how well do you actually know the careers of Taylor Schilling, Laverne Cox, and Matt McGorry? The cast is back in the spotlight following Uzo Aduba's Emmy win [2] and we're hoping the comedy gets even more love at the ceremony on Monday — it scored 12 nominations [3], after all. Before the show, take a look at where you've seen these OITNB nominees and their costars before!

Source: VH1 [4]

Danielle Brooks as Tasha "Taystee" Jefferson

Source: Netflix [5]


Need a Taystee fix? Check out the third season premiere of Girls in which she plays a girl in rehab with Jessa. It's a small part, but it's pretty scandalous, much like OITNB.

Matt McGorry as John Bennett

Source: Netflix [6]

How to Get Away With Murder

Before landing his role on Orange Is the New Black, McGorry had a recurring gig appearing in CollegeHumor shorts, like this one in which he plays "Pencil Beard Santa." [7] Those can feed your secret crush on him [8] until Fall, when he'll star alongside Viola Davis on ABC's new drama How to Get Away With Murder [9].

Laura Prepon as Alex Vause

Source: Netflix [10]

That '70s Show

Prepon has starred in TV shows like October Road and Are You There, Chelsea, but without a doubt, she's mostly known for The '70s Show. If you want to spend the off-season watching her play an actual nice person, you can watch all eight seasons on Netflix [11]!

Taryn Manning as Tiffany "Pennsatucky" Doggett

Source: Netflix [12]

Hawaii Five-0

OITNB isn't the first time Manning has played a girl from the streets. Check out her performances in 8 Mile and Hustle & Flow to see shades of Pennsatucky. She's also juggled roles on Sons of Anarchy, and if you're looking for something completely different, watch her on Hawaii Five-0.

Natasha Lyonne as Nicky Nichols

Source: Netflix [13]

But I'm a Cheerleader

Lyonne really broke out in the 1999 cult classic But I'm a Cheerleader, another project with a strong LGBT point of view. Rent it if you can, and if you can't but still want to see her, she also turns up in Kristen Wiig's Girl Most Likely, which just happens to be on Netflix right now [14]!

Kate Mulgrew as Galina "Red" Reznikov

Source: Netflix [15]

Star Trek: Voyager

Speaking of Netflix, you can also watch Mulgrew on all seven seasons of Star Trek: Voyager [16] right now. Though she had starred in a whopping 408 episodes of the soap Ryan's Hope in the '70s and '80s, it's probably her role as Captain Kathryn Janeway that most fans recognize her for.

Jason Biggs as Larry Bloom

Source: Netflix [17]


Outside of the OITNB universe, Jason Biggs is most known for playing Jim in the raunchy 1999 hit American Pie and its sequels. If you're not into that, Loser is streaming on Netflix [18], and he plays a nice guy who is even sappier than Larry Bloom.

Taylor Schilling as Piper Chapman

Source: Netflix [19]

The Lucky One

Schilling was a relative newcomer to show business when she scored the role of Piper. In 2012, she starred opposite Zac Efron [20] in The Lucky One and played wife to Ben Affleck [21] in Argo. If you're itching to see her on another TV series, try Mercy, the 2009 medical drama she starred on with Michelle Trachtenberg [22].

Elizabeth Rodriguez as Aleida Diaz

Source: Netflix [23]

All My Children

All My Children fans probably recognize Rodriguez from her 56-episode run as Carmen Morales, and she can also be seen starring opposite 50 Cent in the Starz show Power. It might be hard to get into vintage All My Children, but what else are you doing this Summer?

Laverne Cox as Sophia Burset

Source: Netflix [24]

TRANSform Me

If you happened to catch a little VH1 show called TRANSform Me [25] during its run in 2010, you already met Cox. She was one of three trans women who gave makeovers to some fashion-challenged women. She got the gig two years after appearing on the reality competition I Want to Work For Diddy, and spoiler alert: she did not win. Dig up some episodes on YouTube, and renew your love for Ms. Cox.

Source: VH1 [26]

Pablo Schreiber as George "Pornstache" Mendez

Source: Netflix [27]


Before he was a creepy mustachioed prison guard, Schreiber was known for his role as Demetri Ravitch on Weeds, which is streaming now [28]. He only starred for eight episodes, but come on, how could anyone forget that face? If you want to see him get into some trouble, watch his run on the second season of The Wire, and if you want to see him be charming, rent HappyThankYouMorePlease, in which he plays someone who is neither mustachioed nor creepy.

Constance Shulman as Yoga Jones

Source: Netflix [29]


If you haven't heard by now, Shulman provided the voice of Patti Mayonnaise on Nickelodeon's classic '90s cartoon Doug. She's had scattered roles throughout the years, and you definitely need to revisit Fried Green Tomatoes [30] to see her Kathy Bates's pal.

Source: Nickelodeon [31]

Lorraine Toussaint as Vee Parker

Source: Netflix [32]

Saving Grace

Before Toussaint joined OITNB for season two, she had a variety of TV roles. Fans of the Lifetime series Any Day Now might recognize her, and Saving Grace is streaming on Netflix [33] if you want to see her in a regular role. Come December, we'll also get to see her on the big screen in the MLK biopic Selma.

Source: TNT [34]

Jackie Cruz as Flaca Gonzales

Source: Netflix [35]

Kourtney & Kim Take Miami

Because this is too weird to be ignored, we have to note that Cruz appeared on three episodes of Kourtney & Kim Take Miami in 2009 and 2010. Not only is she on the show, but she totally makes out with Kourtney [36].

Madeline Brewer as Tricia Miller

Source: Netflix [37]

Hemlock Grove

Since we won't be seeing much of Tricia (unless there are flashbacks) on OITNB any time soon, you might want to find her elsewhere. Lucky for you, she'll be turning up as a graphic novelist on season two of Hemlock Grove [38], which is set to premiere July 11.

Source: Netflix [39]

Michael Harney as Sam Healy

Source: Netflix [40]

True Detective

We know Harney as a morally conflicted prison warden, but he also stars as an even more questionable character in True Detective. If you haven't already watch it, you'll need to check it out — he appears in three episodes.

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