While this is a sponsored post, all opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way. I knew I would be a TV junkie as young as age 7. My first clue was my family was one of the first on the block to have a color TV. My second was when we gathered around our television to see Neil Armstrong take that “giant leap for mankind” on July 20, 1969. The idea someone could be on the moon, a gazillion miles away while I could see him in my living room was mesmerizing. To me, that was magical. It should come as no surprise that I married a man who is as connected to the television as I am. He is a sports addict and ESPN plays 24/7 in the mancave! When I first heard the Netflix original series, Orange is the New Black, I got that feeling I get when I know I am about to get addicted to a show. I am now 3 seasons in and I just cannot get enough! I am as much of a trivia junkie as I am a TV junkie, so I decided to offer a few fun facts about Orange is the New Black you don’t know!
10 Things You Didn’t Know About Orange Is The New Black
- Annie Golden who plays silent Norma was the front person for the 70’s punk bank, The Shirts. One of their songs is featured in the movie 16 Candles. OMG, I was a fan back in the day and didn’t make the connection!
- Constance Shulman who plays Yoga Jones is the voice of Patty Mayonnaise in the popular cartoon Doug from the early 90’s. I picked up on that one right away!
- Pablo Schreiber, who plays “Pornstache” Mendez, is Liev Schrieber’s half-brother in real life. Did not see that one coming!
- Taryn Manning, who plays Pennsatucky, is cousins with Eli and Peyton Manning.
- The title sequence has pictures of real inmates, including the real Piper Kerman who wrote the book that inspired the series. I met Piper Kerman at a Netflix sponsored event last year!
- Laverne Cox’s twin brother, M. Lamar plays Sophia in her flashbacks.
- The real man that was the head of the drug smuggling ring was never able to be extradited to stand trial. He was elected senator of Ogun state of Nigeria.
- Danielle Brooks (Taystee) and Samira Wiley (Poussey) both went to Juilliard and were a year apart. They knew each other in school.
- Jodie Foster directed the season’s third episode—”Lesbian Request Denied”—which reveals the backstory of transgender Sophia (played by real-life transgender woman Laverne Cox).
- Laura Prepon, who plays Alex Vause, originally auditioned to play Piper
Watching Orange is the New Black can be highly addictive, but in a good way! This is a show my oldest daughter and I have in common. She lives out of state, so we will text each other as we watch the episodes which are streamed on Netflix. We often ponder which Orange is the New Black convict/character we would be, so I found a quiz. We both are Alex Vause!! Which character are you? Find out here: http://www.zimbio.com/quiz/e0d9pdKUotW/Orange+New+Black+Character
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Which Orange is the New Black character are you? Which one would you want to be?
Robin (Masshole Mommy) saysJune 30, 2015 at 2:10 pm
I am one of the few people that doesn’t watch this show (GASP). I hear great things, though!
Christy Maurer saysJune 30, 2015 at 2:15 pm
I don’t watch this show. I know it is really popular, but it just isn’t my thing. I do watch a lot of Netflix though!
Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle saysJune 30, 2015 at 2:34 pm
This was an interesting read. I didn’t realize Taryn Manning was related to the Manning brothers. That’s pretty interesting.
Theresa saysJune 30, 2015 at 2:53 pm
I’ve never seen this show, but now I’m interested in it. Thanks for sharing.
Alli saysJune 30, 2015 at 3:13 pm
I may be the only person who doesn’t watch this show. I do like knowing odd behind-the-scenes facts and these are some good ones.
Chubskulit Rose saysJune 30, 2015 at 6:29 pm
You are not alone as I have never seen the show. I don’t know the actors either. I might look into it when I have time to watch TV.
lisa saysJune 30, 2015 at 6:17 pm
I haven’t seen this yet but I hear great things about this show. One of these days I will have to Netflix it.
Diana Villa saysJune 30, 2015 at 6:59 pm
I love those candles, the design is great! I never heard of this show before until I find your post but $10 a month is to bad at all, I have to check it out maybe I like this show ^_^
Jerusha (TheDisneyChef.com) saysJune 30, 2015 at 7:03 pm
I really need to start watching this. I know I’m the last person in the world to have seen it and I know everybody is obsessed with it. I’m always digging for a fantastic show to watch too, so I don’t know why I’ve waited so long to see this! – Jerusha, TheDisneyChef.com
Emily saysJune 30, 2015 at 8:31 pm
Wow I didn’t know any of these! I have been wiating for my boyfriend to catch up on last season so we can start the new one together but ma y patience are running low!
Sandy KS saysJune 30, 2015 at 8:36 pm
I love the Orange is the new black. It ranks right up there with Wrent Worth (not sure on spelling.) I did not know most of those facts about the show.
Tiaras & Tantrums saysJune 30, 2015 at 9:36 pm
I have never seen this show. We have NEtflix and LOVE it – but I know this is not something my husband would ever watch and he is sort of the commander of what we watch.
Chantal saysJune 30, 2015 at 10:09 pm
Wow I LOVED this post! I had no idea that the faces were real inmates and that Piper was included. There are so many cool facts! Sharing this on Facebook!
Ann Bacciaglia saysJune 30, 2015 at 11:56 pm
I have not seen Orange Is The New Black yet. I will have to binge watch it to get caught up. My sister loves this show. I have heard so many great things about it.
Michelle V. saysJuly 1, 2015 at 2:11 am
Wow I like watching this but now I just gonna like them more. Jodie Foster as director is NICE!!!
Joanne saysJuly 1, 2015 at 2:16 am
Great facts! I’ve never seen Orange is the new black either …… I could blame the UK slowness but it’s actually me! I’m only just sitting down to watch Breaking Bad! Always late to the party!
Elizabeth O. saysJuly 1, 2015 at 6:18 am
I heard so much about OITNB, but I haven’t seen an episode. I hope I find the time to watch.
Ourfamilyworld saysJuly 1, 2015 at 7:01 am
I haven’t seen this show, but I heard so much about it. I think I should start watching this.
Pauline C. saysJuly 1, 2015 at 8:07 am
You write in an interesting manner. I’m not a TV junkie, but this is surely worth checking out.
Cindy (Vegetarian Mamma) saysJuly 1, 2015 at 9:12 am
I have heard a little about Orange is the new black, but I haven’t seen it or researched it more. I love the surprising facts! Now I want to get into this show!
Jeanine saysJuly 1, 2015 at 11:03 am
I haven’t seen this in full yet. But I hear so much about it. I tried to watch the first episode and couldn’t get through it. I will have to see if I can get through the second!
Lee saysJuly 1, 2015 at 11:11 am
Having heard so many things about how great this show is, (and NOT watching much tv at all), I finally broke down about 3 weeks ago, and watched the first episode, just to check it out. Of course, one wasn’t enough, so started binge watching a few episodes every few nights. I’m finally in mid season 3, and suddenly have to go out of town for a week, boo hoo! Needless to say, I’m hooked, and have dark circles under my eyes from staying up too late and watching “just one more” -thankyouverymuch!
Loved the facts — yes, I didn’t know!
Jaime Nicole saysJuly 1, 2015 at 12:04 pm
I feel a binge watching coming on! I haven’t seen any of the episodes, so maybe the next couple of evenings are a good time to get in on the fun.
Beth saysJuly 1, 2015 at 3:14 pm
I keep wanting to watch Orange is the New Black but I just haven’t found time. Soon!
desirae young saysJuly 1, 2015 at 3:20 pm
Ahh I love Orange is the new black! Seriously were counted down until the new season started! Now that its here, I haven’t found time to catch up on it LOL!
Liz Mays saysJuly 1, 2015 at 4:12 pm
I had no idea Jodie Foster had directed that episode. It’s really cool that Yoga was Patty Mayonnaise lol!
Mistee Dawn saysJuly 1, 2015 at 5:12 pm
I took the quiz. It says that I am Taystee. I have never seen the show, though. So I do not know if that is good or bad. I will have to start watching this show, soon!
April G saysJuly 1, 2015 at 5:21 pm
I’m a TV junkie as well and I devoured Orange is the New Black in just a few days. Of course, I had to check out which character I was. I’m Red. I’ll take it.
April @ Everyday Fitness and Nutrition saysJuly 1, 2015 at 8:52 pm
These are so interesting! I’ve seen some pictures recently of what the characters look like in real life and thought it was so interesting!
Felissa @ Two Little Cavaliers saysJuly 1, 2015 at 11:50 pm
Pable Shreiber was also a really creepy dude on SVU. He is such an amazing actor and can really make really creepy parts believable.
Donna saysJuly 2, 2015 at 12:16 am
I’ve never watched OITNB before but I’ve heard so much good buzz about it that I do plan on starting it soon. So I’m not sure which character I’d want to be…. yet. 🙂
Tiffany saysJuly 2, 2015 at 4:02 am
I finally started watching this. I got to the end of the first episode. I think that I can watch this, but not sure if I will be obsessed with it like so many are! 🙂
becka saysJuly 2, 2015 at 7:03 am
I have heard this show is great but I haven’t had a chance to watch it yet. I love the candle idea. These are way too funny.
Jeana B. saysJuly 2, 2015 at 8:54 am
Thanks for the good-to-know info. This is a good addition to my TV show lists.
Jessica Simms saysJuly 2, 2015 at 9:49 am
I love this show! These facts are very interesting. I usually binge watch this show whenever a new season comes out lol.
Rosey saysJuly 2, 2015 at 11:19 am
My son and his wife watch this and they love it. I haven’t seen it. Maybe someday. 🙂
Kristen saysJuly 2, 2015 at 2:20 pm
My dad loves this show, and has said some great things about it. I am thinking about starting it too.
Renee @ Gettin' Fit Fab saysJuly 2, 2015 at 7:34 pm
OMG this is such a fun read! I haven’t watched OITNB yet but I definitely will add this to my netflix to watch list!
Gabriel saysJuly 2, 2015 at 11:49 pm
There seems to be so many shows that are getting rave reviews now, it’s almost overwhelming. Need longer days!
Camesha | Mama Motivator saysJuly 3, 2015 at 12:49 am
I have yet to see this show. I know that everyone I know seems to LOVE it! Gotta make time to catch it.