Laura Prepon Confirms: OITNB Locks Down Alex Vause for Season 3
Laura Prepon confirmed that she will appear in all of Orange is the New Black’s third season after being absent for much of the recently released second one due to scheduling conflicts. In an interview with US Weekly, the actress said of missing so much of the second season, “It sucked because [show creator] Jenji Kohan and I wanted me to be in it more, but with the schedule, it didn’t happen.” She added: “I was so bummed out. But I handled it, so I’m in every [episode] in season three. It is so good.”
The Netflix original series set in a women’s prison was a surprise hit when it debuted last year. The show has been praised for its portrayal of women, race, and sexuality. “Watching the show, one begins to realize that all the good parts for women truly have been kept locked up somewhere; now, here they all are, free (in at least one sense) to be portrayed,” said a rapturous review from Washington Post critic Hank Stuever. The series’ second season began streaming on Netflix in its entirety earlier this month.
The show is based on the memoir of the same name by Piper Kerman, who was yanked out of her comfortable, upper-middle class life with her fiancee to serve 15 months in prison for a crime she committed 10 years prior while in a relationship with her drug-smuggling ex-girlfriend. Kohan has used the memoir as a starting point and expanded the story to include a huge ensemble cast of inmates and their wide variety of backgrounds.
After the first season’s success, rumors started coming out that Prepon — who plays Alex Vause, the ex-lover of main character Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling) and the one responsible for landing Piper in jail — would only be returning for one episode of the second season to wrap up her character’s storyline. Prepon hadn’t signed a contract to guarantee her involvement with later seasons and needed time for her directorial pursuits. While the Larry-Piper-Alex love triangle served as a main conflict during the first season, fans were worried they weren’t going to see Alex on the show at all anymore.
Kohan eased fans’ worry earlier this year when she confirmed that Alex would appear on “most” of the show’s second season. Kohan had previously said that she was interested in exploring the story lines of the other inmates in future seasons and not focusing so heavily on Piper. “It’s becoming much more of an ensemble,” Kohan said to TV Guide in the fall. “As much as I love Piper and Taylor and her journey, I think people are interested in everybody’s journey.”
Prepon ended up appearing on four episodes of the show’s second season. It’s uncertain how Alex Vause will be brought back to Litchfield, but Kohan certainly has some tricks up her sleeve.
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