There's quite a few taco nights between now and the second-season roll-out of "Orange is the New Black," but that doesn't mean we can't sneak you some goodies.
Creator Jenji Kohan and a good portion of the show's sprawling cast were on hand Friday night at the dramedy's PaleyFest panel in Hollywood to reflect on its lauded debut season, and to tease--as much as Netflix will allow--what to expect from the upcoming second season, which is up for parole on June 6.
It was previously revealed that a new inmate would be joining Litchfield Penitentiary--and the cast all seem to be in agreement that this newbie will shake things up.
Lorraine Toussaint joins as Yvonne "Vee" Parker and she disclosed to the crowd that her character is a street-wise drug maven who runs children. So, yeah, pretty ruthless. Vee will serve as a foil to Red (Kate Mulgrew).
"Kudos to Jenji because I think this is one of the more complex characters I've ever played," Toussaint, who had kept a tight lip for most of the panel, said. "And possibly one of the more difficult ones I've played because in order to play her, I kind of have to let my shattered-self drive the car for six months. She's a complex and interesting character that interacts intimately with all these characters. She's not afraid of intimacy." [Insert woos from crowd]
Toussaint added: "I think it'll be interesting seeing how this character is received ... she is a character that plays and enjoys the game. She's incredibly engaging and draws people into the big game. And I have a great deal of fun."
And judging by the endorsement from co-star Danielle Brooks, who plays Tasha "Taystee" Jefferson, Toussaint is bound to fuel some memes with her performance.
"The times that I got to work with her, it felt like taking an Oprah Master Class." Brooks said.
But what would "Orange is the New Black" be without some throwback action? Kohan revealed that getting the flashback treatment this season are: Vee, Taystee, Lorna (Yael Stone), Sister Ingalls (Beth Fowler) and Miss Rosa (Barbara Rosenblat).
"Everyone has their moments to shine," Kohan said.
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