Your Fave Stars Before They Were On "Orange Is The New Black"
If you're on the OITNB bandwagon, you're probably wondering what the cast was up to before being sent to Litchfield. Take a look below.
Before playing the ever-misguided Piper Chapman, Taylor Schilling was in 22 episodes of "Mercy." She starred alongside Zac Efron in "The Lucky One" and showed up in a bit of the Oscar–nominated "Argo."
Prior to playing Piper's Achilles heel, Laura Prepon was well-known for her role as Donna on "That '70s Show." She also starred in ABC's "October Road."
Galina "Red" Reznikov
In case you didn't know, Kate Mulgrew, who plays Red, isn't actually Russian. She's pretty convincing though, right? In fact, before Mulgrew was a Netflix star, she played Captain Kathryn Janeway on "Star Trek: Voyager" for six years. She and Schilling were actually on "Mercy" together too.
Tiffany "Pennsatucky" Doggett
Before playing one of OITNB's most notable characters, Taryn Manning appeared in "8 Mile" and Shonda Rhimes' "Crossroads" (yes, the Britney Spears classic). Like many of her co-stars, Manning also had a guest-starring role on "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit."
Natasha Lyonne, who plays Nicky, was signed to a modeling agency at a young age and cast in the Woody Allen film "Everyone Says I Love You" at only 16. Over the next decade, she acted in nearly 30 films, including "Kate & Leopold," "Party Monster," and the animated feature "Robots."
Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren
"Crazy Eyes," perhaps more commonly known now as Suzanne, is played by Broadway alumna Uzo Aduba. Prior to her many adventures at Litchfield, Aduba debuted on Broadway in 2007 in "Coram Boy." In 2012, she had her first television role, acting on the show "Blue Bloods."
Oh, Healy—you either love him or detest him, or really can't help but go back and forth on the matter. He's played by Michael Harney, who, prior to his breakout role on Netflix, acted and/or directed over 80 productions in New York. Early credits include "Law & Order," "Erin Brockovich," and recurring roles on both "Deadwood" and "Weeds."
Tasha "Taystee" Jefferson
If you don't love Taystee, rewatch every episode until you do, because she's golden, as is the actress who plays her, Danielle Brooks. The Tony nominee graduated from the Juilliard School only two years before OITNB premiered.
Played by Adrienne C. Moore, Cindy is one of our favorites, and likely yours too. Prior to Netflix, Moore acted off-Broadway and had roles in "Blue Bloods" and "30 Rock."
Before his role as one of Litchfield's more sensitive employees, Nick Sandow had roles in "Law & Order," "Blue Bloods," and "Boardwalk Empire." He also appeared in "The Sitter."
The thickest Brooklyn/Bostonian combo accent you'll ever hear actually comes from Australian Yael Stone. Before OITNB, Stone had roles in the film, "Me Myself I," and the shows "All Saints" and "Spirited."
If you haven't watched the fourth season, well, ignorance is bliss, we'll leave it at that. Before playing what is arguably the best character on the series, Samira Wiley also graduated from the Juilliard School (she and Brooks were friends before the show). She worked primarily in theater before OITNB, though like Sandow, she had a role in 2011's "The Sitter."
Carrie "Big Boo" Black
Before her role as Big Boo, Lea DeLaria was a stand-up comedian, beginning in the early '80s. In 1998, she appeared in both Broadway and Off-Broadway productions. She's appeared in the shows "Matlock," "Friends," and "Will & Grace," to name a few.
Known for her role as the often awkward Soso, Kimiko Glenn has been acting since the fifth grade. She was cast in the original U.S. National Tour of "Spring Awakening" in 2008, when she was just a freshman in college.
Yvonne "Vee" Parker
Before she was Litchfield's creepiest prisoner, Lorraine Toussaint appeared in numerous shows. Some of her recurring roles have been on "Law & Order" (the original, not "SVU"), "Body of Proof," and "Friday Night Lights."