Let the binge-watching begin! Season 3 of Orange Is the New Black dropped early on Netflix, six hours ahead of its scheduled arrival time, on Thursday, June 11. Meanwhile, the cast dished to Us Weekly and other reporters at OrangeCon in NYC what exactly to expect from each inmate this upcoming season.
Netflix head Reed Hastings and series star Uzo Aduba shared the news of the streaming show’s early premiere at OrangeCon as fans inside the Skylight Clarkson SQ roared in response. Here, Us rounds up what cast members dished on the latest from Litchfield prison.
Jackie Cruz (Flaca)
“I think it’s just a sexy season,” the actress told Us. “All around sexy.”
Samira Wiley (Poussey)
“This is going to sound cheesy,” the star, 28, told Us. “But I think it’s what everyone’s been talking about: faith.”
Her character, meanwhile, will experience an emotional phase. “We can expect her to have some healing time,” Wiley told Us. “And see how that happens within a prison, which is a little different than if she had the support and love of her family on the outside. On the inside, who she has is Taystee and the rest of the Ghetto Dorm. They rekindled their friendship at the end of Season 2. But yeah, we’ll just go on a journey and see how Poussey can heal.”
Yael Stone (Lorna)
Stone echoed Wiley’s sentiments about the theme of the season. “I would say that we’re going back to faith,” she told Us. “Jenji’s made that very clear. Even when you look at the promotion images, those candles, that idea of clinging to your hopes, lighting a candle, that one belief that you have. I think the season is about these women reaching for something to hold on to. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. “
Lea Delaria (Big Boo)
“You know, what do you think you can expect from Big Boo?” Delaria said. “I’ll tell you one thing. They continue the relationship between Pennsatucky and Big Boo, which is really fun.”
Selenis Leyva (Gloria)
The actress told Us that she loves the diversity featured in the series. “We’re only in Season 3 now, so I think that we have been exploring all the different groups in every season,” she mused. “We’ve given a little light to one here and there. I can’t wait for the Latinas to get more action, but then again, I can’t wait for a lot of people to get more action. The beauty of this show is that everyone does.”
She elaborated: “Every episode is not just about one person or one group. It’s always centered around everything.”
Kate Mulgrew (Red)
The cook in the kitchen had a different take on what to expect this season. “Betrayal and reclamation,” Mulgrew told Us of how she would sum it up.
Dascha Polanco (Dayanara)
The actress told Us what to expect from her character’s romantic life, specifically. “She’s gonna want a little more,” she told Us. “‘Til reality really hits her. She has no choice.”
Jessica Pimentel (Maria)
The actress kept it short and sweet when Us asked her to sum up the season in one word or phrase. “Brutal!” she replied.
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