Orange is the New Black is the show to be talking about this summer, and its cast is the hottest group of performers in Hollywood. If you’ve been a diehard fan since season one, this is nothing new; you probably feel like a proud relative as you’ve watched this relatively unknown ensemble command the spotlight. They’re winning awards! They’re on late-night TV! They’re riding floats!
Pablo Schreiber is having a moment. As menacing corrections officer George “Pornstache” Mendez on Orange Is The New Black he stood out among so many amazing characters thanks to his horrifying, and at times hilarious, creepiness. With a simultaneous stint on Law & Order: SVU as serial killer William Lewis, Pablo’s perfected the art of playing monsters. Now he’s stepping out of the dark side to play good cop Virgil on Ironside, NBC’s new cop drama debuting tonight at 10/9c. (The show is actual a remake of one that aired on NBC from 1967-1975.) We chatted with the actor over the phone while he was on a break from shooting Ironside in Los Angeles and talked about fatherhood, fandoms and how Dolph Lundgren inspired that ridiculous Pornstache haircut.
Ask just about anyone with a Netflix subscription and they’ll agree: Season 2 of Orange Is the New Black can’t come soon enough. Will Piper and Pennsatucky both make it out alive? (And without sentences in the SHU?) Will Nicky be one of Red’s best girls once again? And what will happen to correctional officers John Bennett (Matt McGorry) and George Mendez (Pablo Schreiber), who both claim to be in love with the same woman? The unconventional love triangle between these C.O.s and inmate Daya Diaz (Dascha Polanco) got us thinking: Who would win in a fight for her affection? You know, if the rules at Litchfield were completely revamped and we endorsed casual violence.