Judy King and Aleida Diaz tell Meredith Vieira everything
When I was cast on OITNB, I had lost track of the show, having left off somewhere in the middle of season 3. So imagine my surprise when I pick up my script to find out that Poussey had died — what? And I had to find out like this?! One of my most favorite characters was plain offed when I wasn’t looking?
When I told people I was cast on the show, the most common reaction was, “oh yeah, I can definitely see you as a prisoner.” To which I replied, “No… I’m a… second A.D.” To which they replied, “Oh… you said you were cast on it…. you’re crew?” No… no. I know. I was cast as a crew member, which surprisingly wasn’t that confusing for the crew (I was maybe dressed too well). The scene was a tell-all television interview with Meredith Vieira of NBC fame. Real network within fake network. Whoa! Worlds collide.
The whole day was very tell-all — one very friendly PA told me all about all of the bizarre scenarios in which they were putting Blair Brown all week — “and one day we covered her in ketchup and mustard and strung her up on a cross! Poor girl!” Thank goodness Blair Brown is a lovely, patient and professional person because it didn’t sound fun.
This was a fun scene to be part of — and to watch — because it’s the TV version of breaking the fourth wall. Also it’s super satisfying to let these two strong women throw MCC and Litchfield under the proverbial bus.
There are so many more crazy moments that I didn’t include here, but don’t go thinking that they’re lost on me. There are so many bombshells in season 4 alone that I didn’t think I could get through to 5. Well, OITNB is renewed for another two seasons, so what could they possibly think of next?