Taylor Schilling Talks “Orange is the New Black” in Boston Common May/June 2014

Posted Tuesday April 29, 2014 5:58 PM GMT

Season two of her hit show “Orange is the New Black” debuts this summer, and Taylor Schilling pitched in on promotions by covering the May/June issue of Boston Common.

After posing for the sexy spread, the 29-year-old actress opened up about everything from what to expect in the new season of the hit Netflix series to relating to her character on the show.

Check out highlights from Taylor’s interview below and for more, head over to Boston Common!

On everybody being ‘a breath away from prison’ and what to expect from the upcoming season of Orange is the New Black:

“The thing that I love about this show is the idea that everybody is kind of a breath away from prison. None of us are angels, and looking back at my past I think, My God, I can’t believe I got away with that,” she says. “It’s like the what-if scenario gets played out every episode of the show. This season that happens a lot more clearly with a lot more of the characters, so we really get to see where people are coming from and why they’re there and what happened to them.”

On how she relates to her Orange is the New Black character:

“She makes a lot of sense to me. I always think there’s that negotiation between what you think you need to be for the outside world and what your own honest experience is. I certainly think I’m on that quest myself; I relate to that. She has to figure out how to play by her own rules. That’s an interesting journey people go on whether or not they’re in prison. That’s kind of what life is about.”

On art imitating life, with her father working on the legal staff for the Department of Corrections, trying to redirect kids from prisons to various programs:

“I’m in the Hollywood version of the prison system, and my dad really works with people who would be incarcerated,” she says. “He talks about how the show has brought more awareness to the population he works with, and more respect for those kids. He loves the show.”

On not following a set of preordained rules in life:
“I just kind of do things and show up without thinking about it that much. Then I look back and say, ‘My God, I can’t believe I pulled that one off,’” she says. “Now that I’m older I can see that as being a really valuable part of who I am.”

On dropping out of NYU after completing two years toward an MFA in acting (Note: She landed her first role on the NBC medical drama Mercy just four months later):
“I had nothing lined up when I left school, I just knew that NYU wasn’t making sense to me anymore. I felt done. And it was scary to leave, but it felt like following my gut, my intuition.”

Photo Credit: Randall Slavin for Boston Common

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