Also includes a young Dmitri in episode 9. And two other Russian sounding names. Perhaps an old flame of Red’s.
Healy will be appearing in Season 5, Michael Harney confirmed it.
Laura Prepon is pregnant in real life, this might indicate that Alex will not be in the start of Season 6 (maternity leave?)
Edit: I also feel like I should talk about casting, last night I looked through all the episodes on IMDB, sometimes looking at the cast can give hinters/create more questions (little side note, Natasha nor Laura are listed for any of the episodes, but I’m not worried about that.) Also note that a lot of these are nitpicky, but I feel like it’s still interesting to point out new cast members, especially if they’re significant/known to characters.
Episode 1 - Nothing significant about the casting of this episode, apart from Ilyana Eberhardt as stunt double for Maritzia,
Stefanie Flores as a stunt double for Flaca, Dejay Roestenberg as a stunt double for Brandy
Episode 2 - David Bodenschatz is cast as CO James Shulock, Martino Caputo is cast as a local cop (he was in The Animals in season 4 and will also be in episode 12, Tattoo You, of season 5), Skylar Dunn is cast as Susan, Hunter Emery is cast as CO Hopper (he is in it to episode 9), Elodie Flanagan as a girl scout and finally Danny Wolohan as Lloyd Berlin,
Episode 3 - Dean Ciallella is cast as a pedestrian with a newspaper, Joanne Lamstein as a stunt double for Judy King (also stunts for episode 4)
Episode 4 - Rebecca Benhayon as Ashley (also in episode 5), Michael Cuomo as Andres, Sara Harman as Corinne, Shirley Roeca as Vasquez, Stephanie Vovou as a stunt double for Maria
Episode 5 - Kat Harley as CERT member #4 (in it to episode 12, CERT stands for ‘computer emergency response team’, so that’s interesting…), Mary Kate Malat as a Prep School Student, Booch O'Connell as a Thurston Academy Student (Google states that it’s a Martial Arts school, but it could just be a fictional school), Anthony Caravana as ThurstonAcademy Headmaster, Blanchard Ryan as a reporter (also in episode 12), Tequilla Whitfield as Tanisa and Chantelle Antoinette as wobble dancer #8
Episode 6 -Thea McCartan as Susan Logan, Frank Ridley as a drunk guy and Morgan Wolk as Kristen Master
Episode 7 - Nothing significant apart from 7 stunt doubles, for which characters are unlisted
Episode 8 - Danny Ramirez as Paolo (Paolo may be Nicky’s mum’s boyfriend, whom she mentioned in the pilot episode, although the actor does look to be in his 20s while Nicky’s mum is like 50+, so yeah, probably not that Paolo…),Chelsey Cary as a stunt double for Leanne,
Stefanie Flores as a stunt double for Dwights and Alexa Marcigliano as a stunt double for Doggett (also in episode 13)
Episode 9 -
Gabriel Furman cast as a young Dimitri, Zack Gafin as Max, Miguel Izaguirre as Diablo (looks like we’ll be seeing more of Blanca’s boyfriend/ex), Xenia Leblanc as young Red, Pavel Shatu as
Kostya, Samantha Lee Johnson as someone’s family member,
Chad Knorr as a stunt double for Piscatella (also in episode 10 and 11) and
Joanne Lamstein as a stunt double for Red (also in episode 10 and 11)
Episode 10 - Allegra Edwards as Anchor and Stephanie Vovou as a stunt double for Linda (also in episode 12)
Episode 11- Gregory O Nicolas as Miguel, Ian Paola as
Yadriel (looks like we’ll be seeing more of Maria’s ex), Jesse Ray Sheps as David and
Myra ‘Dakota’ Bown as a stunt double for Norma
Episode 12 - Shae D'lyn as Mary-Bethany,
Oscar Pavlo as a CERT member (also in episode 13) and
Benjamin Thys as Gilbert
Episode 13 -
Sal Cecere as CERT officer Rein, Maria Rivera as Paiz,
Frank Alfano as a stunt double for Luschek, Orien Elizabeth as a stunt double for Alison, Alexa Marcigliano as a stunt double for Lorna, Kevin Michael as a stunt double for Humphrey (looks like Daya doesn’t shoot that mf…), Kara Rosella as a stunt double for Sankey, Valisa Tate as a stunt double for Janae and 11 other stunt performers for unlisted characters
So far, that’s it. Feel free to add if you know more, rumored or not.
Guys guys G U Y S I fucking tweeted about Piscatella AND THE ACTOR WHO PLAYS HIM FUCKING RETWEETED IT AND HIS ACCOUNT IS JUST LIKE HIM TALKING BACK TO PEOPLE AND BEING REALLY SASSY AND I LOVE IT SO MUCH
At the start of last season, Laura Prepon had this to say about her Alex Vause and Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling): “Anybody would look at that relationship and think: ‘Alex needs to get as far away from Piper as possible, and maybe vice versa.’”
How things have changed.
Amid its ever-expanding ensemble of characters, the fifth season of Orange Is the New Black (currently streaming on Netflix) found its way back to the relationship that has been at the heart of Jenji Kohan’s prison dramedy since season one. In the penultimate episode of the new season, Piper proposed - and Alex said, “Yes.”
The episode, titled “Tattoo You,” delivered two parallel flashbacks for the pair, providing insight into why Alex ended up sending Piper to jail in the first place. Rewinding to when Piper was still following Alex all over the world, viewers see her ink herself with a fish tattoo signifying beauty for Alex. Years later, Alex tells a stranger that her “Love is pain” inking was in response to Piper’s beauty fish: Love is pain, not beauty.
Now her ex-girlfriend, Alex admits that Piper broke her heart. The prior seasons have already clued viewers into what happened in between these two memories, but seeing Alex express a mix of anger, love and regret over “ruining Piper’s life” by sending her to Litchfield was a new shade of black on the drug-smuggling nomad.
And Alex wasn’t the only one to have regrets.
Enter a cameo from Jason Biggs, who returned to play Piper’s boyfriend Larry Bloom. When Larry gets his own tattoo, of the Kool-Aid Man, Piper is reminded of Alex and drunk dials her ex later that night. “How are you still in my brain? Do you miss me? Probably not. I miss you,” she says in the rambling voicemail, which upon listening causes Alex to kick out her girlfriend.
“It always feels so good and so gratifying to be able to fill in parts of Piper and Alex’s timeline,” Schilling tells The Hollywood Reporter. “That’s what was so exciting about the show from the very beginning. To have such a specific thing that you want and that you’re going after, as an actor, is just candy. It’s really fun. So when that stuff comes back into play, for me, it focuses the show on its center and it makes it easy to do my job.”
Prepon agreed that it was nice to get clarity on the aftermath of Alex’s decision. “Whenever you can get a little sliver about why they are the way they are is exciting,” she tells THR.
Back at Litchfield, Piper has a phone conversation with her mother, where she says coming close to dying made her realize she doesn’t want to miss out on being with Alex in this lifetime. “I want to stick around because of her,” she admits.
Only hours earlier in Litchfield time, both Piper and Alex, bound and gagged in the shower curtains they were kidnapped in, survived a near-death experience when Piscatella (Brad William Henke) tortured Red (Kate Mulgrew) and threatened their collective existence from inside a janitor’s closet. They survived - Alex with a broken arm and Piper, a newfound outlook.
“When you look at what they just went through with Piscatella, it puts things into perspective,” says Prepon, who also directed the torture episode. “They just went through this insane thing where they almost died. They saw what happened to Red and Alex’s arm is broken and all these things, and they realize: Life is short, I love this person, let’s just do this.”
Prepon says the Piscatella incident - which ultimately ended with the guard being shot and killed by one of his own riot men - shifted things for the tumultuous twosome. “When something like that happens, it makes people really reevaluate,” she says. “You realize what’s important.”
Schilling was directed by a half-naked Prepon for the pivotal torture scenes. Prepon jumped behind the camera around her own takes and Schilling praised her scene partner for surpassing many directors she’s worked with even “with her arms tied behind her back and wearing a shower curtain.” The actresses were wrapped up so they couldn’t use their limbs and required help from the crew. “We would have to go limp and get lowered into place and then get picked back up,” says Schilling. “I’m now a pro at knowing how much powder you need on duct tape so it doesn’t hurt when it gets ripped off.”
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In front of the camera, however, Piper said she “wanted to die” sitting there and not being able to help Alex when she was hurt. Despite Alex’s insistence that Piper leave her alone, Piper returned to the bunker where the inmates were hiding, Alex’s missing glasses in hand. “You have taught me that love hurts,” began Piper in tears. “You’ve taught me that life, it hurts. And I want to be there for you, I want us to be there for each other so that maybe it hurts a little less.” Getting down on one knee, Piper popped the question, asking Alex to be her partner through love, pain and beauty fish. “I figured that’s what you were doing,” snarked Alex before accepting. Then asking, “You had to do this now?”
The mid-riot romantic gesture was, as Schilling says, so Piper.
“It was interesting that that’s where the rubber met the road for them,” says Schilling. “In the midst of crisis - let’s get married!”
Schilling says when she read the script, she had never given much thought to whether Piper would be the one to ask, focusing instead on how sweet of a way the moment is to “propel their relationship forward” after a high-stakes situation. Prepon, on the other hand, said she was very surprised when she read it: “Not even that it was Piper who proposed, but just that it was happening in general.”
Though their celebratory period was short-lived, Schilling froze the moment in time to imagine how they would be as an engaged couple.
“I can’t imagine it being very much different than what their relationship is like now, which is so heightened and so dysfunctional in many ways,” she says. “Marriage doesn’t generally shift course very much and it’s not really a thing that fixes a relationship. I’m curious to see how they react to that.”
When it came to filming the scene, Prepon laughed about the moment occurring in the very unromantic pool room setting. “I love working with Taylor,” she says. “Whenever we have a scene we just jump into it. We do the damn thing and it’s great and fantastic. She’s a baller and we have a lot of fun together.”
After a quick round of “Mazels,” however, the finale sees Piper and Alex joining hands with eight other inmates as the 10 key characters prepare to face the consequences of their actions. Assuming the missing inmates are hunkered down with weapons, the riot brigade is sent in to remove them from the prison, the finale ending on a defiant cliffhanger. Piper, Alex, Red, Taystee (Danielle Brooks), Black Cindy (Adrienne C. Moore), Crazy Eyes (Uzo Aduba), Nicky (Natasha Lyonne), Gloria (Selenis Leyva), Frieda (Dale Soules) and Blanca (Laura Gomez) are last shown clutching hands and rocked by the explosion, unaware of what will be greeting them through the other side of the door.
Schilling and Prepon, at this point, don’t know what the future holds for their characters, or any others, when the cast returns to film season six in late July. Prepon, who is nearing her due date, credits savvy scheduling to her maternity leave not impacting filming - “Alex is not coming back pregnant!” she assures.
As history shows, riots don’t end well for inmates, who often end up with time added to their sentence. The final moments of the season showed the inmates being carted away into two buses, heading most likely to new prisons.
Could Alex and Piper survive being separated?
“I don’t know!” says Prepon. “It’s such a tumultuous, awesome, complicated relationship. Even if they both got out the same day, would they make it in the world? Who knows. But that’s what’s so great about the relationship, is that they bring out the best and the worst in each other.”
Schilling admits that the future - Orange has already been picked up through season seven - isn’t looking so bright, but she still remains more optimistic.
“The idea of a relationship is so different than the day-to-day experience with another human being, so maybe that could help them a little bit,” she says.
Were you surprised by the Alex and Piper engagement? Tell THR in the comments below and keep up with Live Feed for cast interviews and full Orange Is the New Black coverage throughout the week.
1) Tasha “Taystee” Jefferson is a revolutionary 👏 Danielle Brooks 👏
2) Suzanne is amazing and Uzo Aduba needs all the awards
3) YOU DON’T SPLIT UP FLACA AND MARITZA
4) I needed more Sophia
5) Fuck Bayley. Fuck Humps. FUCK PISCATELLA
6) Why were Pennsatucky and the man who raped her set up as an actual couple?
7) Red and Flores are my faaaaavourite
8) Actors who deserve all the awards:
Daniella De Jesus,
and Lea Delaria
Never gonna get over Poussey Washington though
'Orange Is the New Black' Star Laura Prepon Goes Inside "Brutal" Torture Scenes
[Warning: This story contains spoilers from episodes one through 10 of Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black season five.]
Laura Prepon had two days to direct one of the most impactful scenes of the fifth season of Orange Is the New Black.
The moment came in the 10th episode, titled “The Reverse Midas Touch,” when the riot happening at Litchfield took a dark turn down a prison hallway and into a janitor’s closet. A multi-season power struggle between Red (Kate Mulgrew) and head guard Piscatella (Brad William Henke) played out in harrowing form when Piscatella, after taking several inmates hostage, broke down his all-mighty rival. In several scenes of physical and emotional abuse, Piscatella attempted to reduce the prison’s fearless leader into nothing. He tortured her methodically, cutting the red hair off her head with a shear knife and nicking her scalp while forcing those closest to her to watch.
One of the inmates in the scene was Prepon, as her Alex and Piper (Taylor Schilling) were taken by Piscatella while naked together in the shower. The storyline called for the pair to be wrapped in shower curtains as they joined the rest of their prison pals - Nicky (Natasha Lyonne), Boo (Lea Delaria) and Red’s partner-in-crime Blanca (Laura Gomez) - to sit, bound by their hands and mouths with duct tape, and watch helplessly until they were ultimately rescued by the inmates hiding in Freida's (Dale Soules) bunker.
“I’m wrapped on the floor with my legs and arms bound and with duct tape over my mouth, and I’m having to be Alex, but I’m watching Brad give Piscatella’s monologue and I’m also directing him,” Prepon tells The Hollywood Reporter of pulling double duty. “While I’m sitting on the floor bound and gagged, I’m also in my head thinking, ‘In the next take I want him to do this.’”
Jenji Kohan’s prison dramedy is no stranger to luring actors behind the camera - Jodie Foster and Andrew McCarthy, as well as Nick Sandow, who plays Litchfield warden Caputo, have all directed episodes - but Prepon is the first to do it while in character as a hostage victim. Alex even gets her arm broken while fighting off Piscatella during the scene.
Below in a chat with The Hollywood Reporter, Prepon explains how her Orange directorial debut came to be, talks about the balance of acting and directing her costars - while in a shower curtain - and provides insight on an episode from which many of the surviving characters will be forever changed.
How did your directing come about this season and why this episode?
I had been asking Jenji about directing for a while, because I had been directing for a while, and when I got on the show, well, it’s just such a special show. These actors and actresses are so wonderful. So many people want to direct our show. It’s prestigious, cool, fun and dangerous, so it’s a really amazing show to direct. Finally she gave me a shot and I’m so thankful for her doing that. I’m so comfortable directing and I knew that it would be a great experience. There were so many wonderful colors to play with in this episode. You care about the girls and when you see this thing happening to Red, it’s brutal. You also see what’s happening in the bathroom scene with Suzanne (Uzo Aduba) or with Pennsatucky (Taryn Manning). When I read the episode, I thought, “Yes, this is going to be exciting.”
What is that like to come in and direct an episode at the end of the season when you haven’t seen the episodes prior?
You read all the scripts so you know what’s going on and you kind of have an idea. It’s the fifth season, which is incredible, so we know these characters. But I read all the scripts, so I knew exactly what was happening.
You’re on a very short list of Orange stars who have stepped behind the camera to direct an episode. What kind of advantage does being on the show give you when it comes to directing your co-stars?
I’m so deep inside with the characters. I know them and because I’m an actor, I can speak that language. I’ve been acting since I was 18, so I know how I like to be spoken to and the respect I like to have as an actor, and I give that back to my actors when I’m directing. It’s a lovely kind of cohesive, openly creative environment. I think the fact that I know the characters so well and I’m not just a director coming in allows you to really tell the stories we were telling here with the camera.
Kohan said the election didn’t impact this season since you were already in production, yet the idea of fighting back against abusive power is very timely. What were some of those conversations like in regards to your episode?
That was a huge part of my episode. In the episode, the power reverts back a little bit. You see what happens to people in an environment like a prison when there is no control and no authority. You see how different personalities handle that environment. We have the backstory of Piscatella and also the scenes of the girls in the closet with him, and how he asserts his authority over the women. We filmed his flashback scenes in a men’s maximum security prison. We actually shot at the same prison in Queens where Taylor and I filmed in season two, when Piper goes to Chicago. Litchfield is a minimum security prison, and to be in a maximum security prison is a very different and very serious thing. I had so much to play with and I thought it turned out to be a really beautiful episode. Jenji is so smart and nothing is taboo for her. And it is true, our show really does transcend what happens socially and it’s relevant with what is going on right now.
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How did this season’s timeline taking place in three days impact how you approached your episode as a director, and also as an actor filming the entire season?
The main thing of it taking place over three days is that the last episode was five minutes ago, so it’s tracking where the character is emotionally and the energy of the scene. Where are they coming from and where are they going? As an actor, you should think about those things anyway, but especially if something takes place in a finite period of time. Those questions are even more relevant in terms of reorienting everybody to what just happened last episode, because it literally took place right before you walked in the door. It’s a fun and different kind of energy where you have to set yourself up so one episode just flows right into the next. I loved playing with that.
It’s arguably one of the toughest episodes of the season and especially given your acting role in it, what were some of your conversations like with Kohan about its magnitude?
It was one of the toughest, material-wise. The interesting thing, too, was directing while my hands were tied behind my back, literally! And wrapped in a shower curtain. After I did that, I felt like I could probably direct anything! Being bound and gagged and having to direct is pretty funny.
You might be the first director to be bound and gagged on the job.
Seriously. I was directing in a shower curtain! But it was really tough subject matter. Having all the women in that environment with this man doing these things to them. You watch what’s going on in the janitor’s closet with the girls and how this man is totally debasing Red in front of her daughters, essentially, and just stripping her of all her power. And then having to go into the flashbacks and making you care about Piscatella was a really interesting and dynamic thing to play. It was wonderful as a director being able to work with these actors. You haven’t really seen Kate, as Red, in a position like that before, where she is so stripped of her dignity and the fact that this one man finds the right way to strip this woman of her dignity, and then to then go to his backstory and care for him with his relationship with the inmate. It was great material. It was one of the toughest episode in terms of what was happening with everybody, but as a director, I was very excited to be able to find all the nuances and to make an audience care about someone like Piscatella in those flashback scenes where you get a sense of why he is the way he is. That’s not an easy thing to do.
Can we go back to how you were directing while wearing the shower curtain?
Yes! I was wrapped in a shower curtain with my hands and ankles bound with duct tape, and duct tape over my mouth. I was like a dolphin without fins. They would wrap Taylor and I up and two stunt guys would have to lower us to the ground. It was crazy. We couldn’t move. They bound us up and our stunt guy would literally lower us to the ground and there were times where I needed two people to help me get down because we couldn’t. Then every few takes someone would come in and pull the duct tape off my mouth so I could talk to people.
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Did you shoot the scenes in the janitor’s closet in one day?
It took two days to do all the janitor’s closet stuff. I knew that it was going to be really intense. I told my awesome first AD, Becky Chin, that the scenes were going to be so intense that we needed to do it on a Friday and a Monday so we could have a weekend in between. Luckily the schedule worked out and it was really, really nice to have that reprieve.
How many takes did you do of Piscatella cutting Red’s hair and scalp?
It’s tricky because everything takes time. So, to get one wig on it takes an hour and a half. You can’t actually put a knife that cuts on actress Kate Mulgrew’s head, so only specific cuts I can put on a stunt double, and then I have to come back with Kate. Figuring out how to shoot that was really fun because it was like a puzzle in terms of timing. At the end of the day, doing a show like Orange, one of the things is that there’s a lot of people to cover in the scene and they’re all very integral to it. Also, as an actor, I don’t want to wear anybody out and it was very emotional. Physically, we’re in these situations where we’re tied up on the floor. Taylor and I, as I said, are wrapped in shower curtains, bound and gagged. Kate is being debased. There’s a lot of physical fighting and movements and Brad’s having to maneuver around the space. As a director, that’s wonderful, because you want all of these things going on, but on the technical side, it was a lot of scheduling and being highly efficient. First and foremost I wanted my actors to be comfortable and making sure they have enough time to get to where they need to get emotionally and be present. But when you have to deal with stunts and knives and people getting hit and punched - my arm also gets broken - it’s all very delicate and just takes time with so many balls in the air.
As Alex, you’re worried about Piper. As Laura, you’re trying to support everyone. How did you balance that?
This is going to sound odd, but you just do it. It’s something that I’ve just been able to do. It’s like interchangeably changing hats: Now I’m an actor, and now I’m a director. it’s about having that kind of double brain where you’re acting but also observing everything around you. You’re watching where the camera is and what it’s doing, making sure that they’re doing what you want, looking at the actors and making sure the emotions are tracking and the moments are there. All of these things are going on in your head at the same time. That’s what I thrive on.
The flashback really sets up what is likely to be a polarizing reaction to Piscatella’s journey this season. Do you hope fans are ultimately mixed in how they feel about him?
I hope so. Or even if the flashback gives you a little more understanding of why he is the way he is, and just a little more empathy for a character like that, then I’ve done my job. Brad is so wonderful to work with and he was so open to working with me. I knew it was going to be a tough episode for that character, because he goes through a lot, and we really took a lot of time to find the moments and figure out the best way to go about it and really break it down. He was totally open to so many things and we just trusted each other.
What can you say about Mulgrew’s performance?
Kate is just a pro. Truthfully, all these women are. Kate is game for anything. If it serves the scene and it serves the character and it makes sense and it tracks emotionally and is a smart decision, she’s game. She’s very elegant and powerful as an actress, so to take someone like that, who plays a character like Red, and make her weak on camera and see her break is a very hard thing to watch for the audience. She did a very beautiful job and totally trusted me. She was even game for the stunts. She wanted to do her own stunts to the point where I was telling her, “Kate, I legally can’t let you be dragged across the floor by the hair!” She told Brad, “Just grab my hair.” She is hardcore. It was obviously difficult because of the subject matter, but as a director and as actors, this episode was a wonderful experience. Everyone is really proud of the episode, as am I.
Tell THR what you thought of the 10th episode, “The Reverse Midas Touch,” in the comments below and keep up with Live Feed for cast interviews and full Orange Is the New Black coverage throughout the week.
Orange Is the New Black Reveals Piscatella's Shocking Backstory
In Orange Is the New Black season five, episode 10, titled “The Reverse Midas Touch,” we finally solve the mystery of Piscatella (Brad William Henke), Wes Driscoll (Charlie Barnett), and the inmate Piscatella had killed while working in a maximum security prison - and it’s not exactly what we were picturing.
Warning: spoilers ahead if you haven’t gotten that far in the season yet.
Early on in season five, when Red (Kate Mulgrew) and Flores (Laura Gomez) find Driscoll’s ID badge and read the report on Piscatella from max, it sounds like Driscoll is the person he had killed, but there is more to it. It turns out Driscoll was a maximum security inmate with whom Piscatella was romantically involved. They bonded over their love of crossword puzzles, and a relationship formed. Before long, they were sneaking forbidden kisses in the prison kitchen.
But some fellow kitchen workers suspected something was up and they brutally assaulted Driscoll in the prison barbershop. It isn’t clear specifically what was done to him, but it looks like he was cut up with a homemade knife and also sexually assaulted. Piscatella came upon the scene and made quick work of the perpetrators, calling for backup and trying to assure Driscoll that he was going to be OK while still trying to maintain his cover as simply a guard (and not Driscoll’s lover).
We don’t find out what happened to Driscoll - his injuries didn’t look life-threatening, but then why does Piscatella have his ID badge? Whether or not he died remains a mystery, but the same cannot be said for the leader of the little gang. Piscatella tied him up in the prison shower and turned the hot water on full blast as the man screamed and screamed. Remember that Red found out the inmate Piscatella killed was found unresponsive in the shower with burns over 80 percent of his body, so that explains that.
It’s nice to have that particular plot thread resolved with a few answers, but it does also feel a bit like too little, too late if the purpose of Piscatella’s backstory is to elicit some kind of sympathy for him. What happened to Driscoll is horrific and tragic, but we don’t think it gives Piscatella the right or an excuse to behave the way he’s been behaving.