Orange Is the New Black's Blanca Is a Babe IRL and It's Time We Praise Her

Orange Is the New Black is full of quietly fascinating characters, but Blanca might take the cake. While she first appears as crazy, we learn in season one that she's just pretending to talk to herself because it means people don't realize she's talking to her boyfriend on her hidden cell phone. Blanca is a smart cookie, and we see even more of that in season five. Since Blanca has such an extreme look, I recently started wondering what actress Laura Gómez looks like in real life. The answer? Very different than her onscreen persona.

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Here she is at the SAG Awards in 2015.

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And hanging out with costar Elizabeth Rodriguez.

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Blanca is beautiful in her own way, but I'd be lying if I said I didn't prefer Gómez's real-life look. Slay all day, you beautiful queen.

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She can really rock the color blue, can't she?

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We love a queen who can accessorize!

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We can always appreciate a bold red lip.

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Her smile could light up an entire room.

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Different jumpsuit, totally different vibe.

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Talk about taking the LBD up a notch!

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Slay this top knot, Gómez!

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We love a woman in a suit, and Gómez carries it off perfectly.

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Seriously, look at those brows! Very different from Blanca.

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The OITNB cast totally rocked their float at the Pride Parade in 2016.

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Gómez can work a leather jacket like no one's business.

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Here she is proving that black is forever in style, sorry orange!


A little sheer action shows her playful side!

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She looked gorgeous at the celebration for season five of OITNB!

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Gomez definitely wears a lot more colors than Blanca gets the chance to.

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Bold lip with an all-black suit? Yes to it all, Gómez!!

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She wowed us all at the 2018 SAG Awards in this white dress!

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Even more amazing from another angle!

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No matter what she's wearing, that smile will always be the best look.