Orange And The Other Colors Of Laura Prepon

Orange And The Other Colors Of Laura Prepon. Healthy Living Magazine

Orange And The Other Colors Of Laura Prepon. Healthy Living Magazine

Part 2 of 5

HealthyLivinG: You must have made a lot of friends on that show because there are so many girls as actors. Who do you stay in touch with more right now?

Laura Prepon: We all stay in touch with each other. We’re on this big group text. Just this morning, Taylor’s sending pictures to the group from where she is and we all would share little funny things. Everyone is supportive of each other and a big group of us went to Danielle’s play “The Color Purple,” and I’m trying to figure out how I can get to London to Uzo’s play, and when Taylor was in her play we all went, and we’ll all go see Lea DeLaria perform one of her standup nights. We all go to different things for each other. So it’s not just one person; it’s a crew. And in the show, Jenji and our writers push the envelope every week, which makes you grow. When you’re so comfortable with your cast, you feel like you can go there and do these moving scenes that are written just for you. The fact that you trust your co-stars gives you that freedom and support to be able to throw, for lack of a better word, balls to the wall and be vulnerable and raw and feel like you’re always supported by your co-stars.

HealthyLivinG: Watching the show, I’ve often wondered—the girls wear so little makeup, for obvious reasons, and I would think that would make some women feel insecure to be close up on camera that would make most feel almost bare. How does it make you feel?

Laura Prepon: I get it but a lot of actresses rely on their makeup and wardrobe and the whole thing to help them get into character and that’s fine and part of it. But to do a job on Orange where you’re really stripped of that, you’re wearing a tacky sack that doesn’t give you any shape whatsoever and it’s this bland color and you’re wearing a khaki jumpsuit and no makeup it’s so freeing; it is. My character has her eyeliner and that’s it. Every character has their little thing. Jackie, who plays Flaca, has her little teardrop thing and Lorna has her red lipstick and the black liner. Everyone has their own little thing to make the character their own, but, in terms of being stripped of these creature comforts, it’s finally down to the acting, working, moment-to-moment with your fellow actors—and that’s fantastic.

HealthyLivinG: You must have learned so much about the women’s prison system in the US from that role. What do you think is the biggest health concern in women’s prisons?

Laura Prepon: It’s hard to say, honestly. We visited different prisons; while we were shooting, we would go visit different prisons and it’s crazy: there are so many different concerns and it’s true the show’s raising awareness of a lot of these issues. It’s funny because in the book that I just wrote that I’m sure we’ll touch on, we talk a lot about genetically modified food and how it affects your body and your mind.

In these prison systems, as well as in schools and hospitals, the food should be so much better. I think that that affects you in such a massive way. It’s what nourishes your body, what nourishes you at the core level, what affects your mind, what affects your body, what affects everything. I think that number one, the food is a huge issue. I know different kinds of prescription medications inmates need, which was also a story line this year, are hard for them to get. There are so many things. Overcrowding. Jenji [Kohan, show creator] didn’t set out with something to say about the prison system but the fact that awareness was being raised is an amazing byproduct of that.

HealthyLiving: What cause are you most passionate about?

Laura Prepon: It’s about farm-fresh food, making farm-fresh food more accessible to people. Helping small farms being able to not get bought out by these huge conglomerates because they have more money. I do whatever I can to help save local farms and help people get that kind of food that’s pure and not tainted and that your body knows what it is and isn’t going to freak it out when you eat it. That’s a huge thing for me, helping people get food that’s real, fresh, not processed and not genetically modified and having it just going to our school system, into our prison system. It’s so important to be well nourished; it affects every part of a person, spiritually, emotionally, physically.

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