11 Interesting Orange Is the New Black Facts You Need to Know

Ignorance is a prison, people.
  1. The ladies wear “court-ordered granny panties” under their costumes on set.


    Taryn Manning told Vanity Fair that the authenticity of the prison panties allow the actors to get into character. She also said the sports bra-like bras flatten their chests, giving them a “uni-boob.” Hawt.

  2. The RL Norma is not only NOT mute, she’s a badass musician.

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    Annie Gordon put her vocals to good use in the ’70s punk band The Shirts. Bet you didn’t know these other OITNB stars had music careers as well. But seriously, all hail Norma.

  3. Sophia’s pre-transition name is Laverne Cox’s real-life brother’s name, Marcus.


    That’s because Laverne’s twin bro, M. Lamar, plays Marcus on the show. So much slay in those genes.

  4. The episode title is said in each episode.


    Our fave example above.

  5. In season 3, Aleida’s kids are playing “Polite Dinner Party 6” before Cesar pulls a gun on Emiliano (Aleida’s son) during dinner.


    All because Emiliano didn’t have proper table manners, rejecting soggy fries. Tragic irony.

  6. There’s a recurring eggplant joke.

    If you thought the eggplant joke sounded familiar, congrats, you’re not crazy. It has been told by Red, Nicky, and Cesar in different situations. We’re not completely sure of the joke’s entirety, but a certain reddit user out there has a theory.

  7. Pornstache is actually hot IRL.

    Just look at Pablo Schreiber in all his glory. We know, seems unfathomable since Mendez makes you hurt on the inside, but it’s true. And his creepy mustache was obviously fake.

  8. OITNB loves The Fault in Our Stars.


    Season 2 was released on June 6, 2014, the same day as The Fault in Our Stars film. There’s also a scene where Vee suggests that Rosa reads it. Coincidence? We think not. This show is all about the book references if you didn’t get that yet.

  9. You’ve probably seen Sister Jane Ingalls as a nun before.


    That’s because actress Beth Fowler played a choir nun in Sister Act and Sister Act 2.

  10. This isn’t the first time Red (Kate Mulgrew) was Piper’s (Taylor Schilling) superior.


    The two worked together from 2009 to 2010 on NBC’s drama Mercy. Kate played Taylor’s mom.

  11. The opening credits feature the faces of real, former inmates.

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    Piper Kerman, who wrote the book on which the series is based, is included.

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