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The Cast of Orange Is the New Black Looks Way Different in Other Roles

Jul 13 2016 - 3:00pm

Confession: we've actually finished season four of Orange Is the New Black [1], and we're worried about going into withdrawals (at least until season five [2]). Faced with the idea of not getting to see them for another year, we got to thinking about our favorite inmates out of the prison. We've already looked into the cast's next roles [3], but what about their other movie and film parts? Here are the ones that might make you see these actors in a whole new light.

Taryn Manning as Tiffany "Pennsatucky" Doggett

Hustle & Flow

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 Hawaii Five-0.

Laura Prepon as Alex Vause

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 That '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 [4]!

Natasha Lyonne as Nicky Nichols

But I'm a Cheerleader

Lyonne really broke out in the 1999 cult classic But I'm a Cheerleader, another project with a strong LGBTQ point of view. Rent it if you can, but if not, she's been in a number of recent projects.

Danielle Brooks as Tasha "Taystee" Jefferson


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. You may have also heard her in the movie version of Angry Birds.

Kate Mulgrew as Galina "Red" Reznikov

Star Trek: Voyager

You can watch Mulgrew on all seven seasons of Star Trek: Voyager [5] on Netflix 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.

Taylor Schilling as Piper Chapman

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 [6] in The Lucky One and played wife to Ben Affleck [7] in Argo.

Dascha Polanco as Daya Diaz


Polanco starred as Jennifer Lawrence [8]'s best friend in David O. Russell's Joy last year.

Yael Stone as Lorna Morello

Me, Myself, I

Stone got her start in the 1999 film Me, Myself, I. That hair!

Nick Sandow as Joe Caputo

One Night Stand

Here he is in a Wesley Snipes movie from 1997! He kind of looks like Bradley Cooper [9] here, no?

Elizabeth Rodriguez as Aleida Diaz

Miami Vice

All My Children fans probably recognize Rodriguez from her 56-episode run as Carmen Morales, but she also appeared in the movie version of Miami Vice.

Laverne Cox as Sophia Burset


If you happened to catch a little VH1 show called TRANSform Me [10] 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's also been in an indie film called Grandma, and she's coming up in The Rocky Horror Picture Show and a legal drama on CBS.

Pablo Schreiber as George "Pornstache" Mendez

13 Hours

Before he was a creepy, mustachioed prison guard, Schreiber was known for his roles on Weeds and The Wire. In 2016, he appeared with John Krasinski [11] in the war drama 13 Hours.

Constance Shulman as Yoga Jones


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 [12] to see her as Kathy Bates's pal.

Michael Harney as Sam Healy


Another OINTB star who appeared on Weeds! He doesn't look all that different, but it is weird to see him out of prison as Det. Mitch Ouellette.

Matt McGorry as John Bennett

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 [13]." He's currently starring alongside Viola Davis on ABC's hit drama How to Get Away With Murder [14], which will return this Fall.

Jackie Cruz as Flaca Gonzales

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 [15]. She's coming up in a couple of movies, including a sports drama called Golden Boys.

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