Taryn Manning told Us Weekly how she feels about her Orange Is the New Black character. Credit: J Carter Rinaldi/FilmMagic

Taryn Manning's Orange Is the New Black character is one of the series' favorites, but the veteran actress says she is nothing like the woman that she portrays. 

Manning, 35, appears in the hit Netflix series as the intensely devout and intolerant inmate Tiffany "Pennsatucky" Doggett. Doing something Pennsatucky would never do, the actress attended Khiel's Pride Kick-Off event in support of LGBT Pride Month in New York City on Thursday evening, June 26. 

"I have about five [gay best friends]," Manning told Us Weekly exclusively. "I think most of my friends are gay men. I'm just so drawn to [gay] guys, [gay] guys rule and that's why I'm nothing like my character on Orange Is the New Black." 

"I think some people who are small-minded associate me with that character," she continued to Us. "There's a lot of conflict in playing her sometimes because that's so not me. She's prejudiced and so anti-gay."

However, Manning hinted that Pennsatucky may be coming around as season three is filming, adding, "Some things are changing so she might just be opening up."

The third season of Orange Is the New Black comes after the show's critically acclaimed first season and famously hyped second season.

"There's so much excitement on set," Manning told Us about OITNB's positive reception. "I don't think anyone can fathom that a show is going to be a hit when you're filming the first season. I never know whether what I'm doing is going to be seen by two people or a million people. We're all so tripped out right now."