On the TV front, when Golden Globes nominations were announced this morning, one thing was clear: Television is no longer just the stuff that airs on TV. Netflix got six nominations, including one for Orange Is the New Black star Taylor Schilling for Lead Actress in a Drama Series.
Playing Piper Chapman, a woman thrust totally out of her element once she’s sent to prison to serve a 15-month sentence, Schilling had to vacillate between being sympathy-worthy and trying fans’ patience with Chapman’s entitlement. EW called Schilling this morning to discuss her nomination, her exciting morning, and women on television.
Hi, Taylor! Congratulations.
[Sung] Hellooo! Thank you.
You’re having a great morning.
I am! This is a pretty good morning, in the scheme of my life, things are pretty good right now.
When did you find out?
I actually woke up this morning and had a phone call with a friend of mine, so I wasn’t aware of what was going on. So I hung up the phone around 8:45 and then there were all these texts on my phone! It’s so fun! I actually think the first person that I saw a text from was….Well, my brother called. I missed his call. I still haven’t talked to him. I hope everything is OK! I should probably be on the phone with him instead of you. [laughs]
I haven’t talked to him. The first text I got was from Uzo [Aduba], who plays Suzeanne.
Have you heard from any other Orange is the New Black people yet?
Yeah, a lot of them. Almost everyone. Everyone is really excited.
It must be so great, especially with your show on Netflix, being accepted by the Globes. Netflix had a great morning in general.
Yeah. Totally. I think the Globes, my understanding is they’re really supporting the new phase of what is going on [in television]. It’s pretty exciting to be involved with that.
What are you most excited for about the Golden Globes? Anyone you’re looking forward to seeing?
I think I’m going to feel kind of starstruck. This whole thing feels like a dream. This whole thing is really amazing. I haven’t even looked at any lists of who else is nominated.
Meryl Streep is going to be there.
You’re sh—-ng me! See, that’s somebody I’d like to say hi to. But I don’t even know if I have the balls to do that.
Let’s talk about Orange is the New Black. Is there a scene you’re most proud of from this season?
Honestly, the thing I’m most proud of is the arc of this season. There were so many parts of Piper that [creator] Jenji [Kohan] gave me the opportunity to explore. So it was sort of like the sum of the things. She could be intelligent and manipulative and afraid and she could be a lover and scheming. There were so many different parts of her to play.
I love that the show wasn’t afraid to show her in a negative light.
I completely agree with you. I love that [we showed that] along with the more positive parts. We’re all human and I think that’s just so exciting to see such a dynamic person, especially a woman presented in that way.
Especially in a show full of women.
It’s incredible. I think we’re used to sort of male anti-heroes and we’re used to men taking up a lot of space in the world. It takes more brainpower to wrap your head around somebody that’s a bit more ambiguous. I don’t think we see women in that way as much.
Totally. Are you guys wrapped with season two?
No, we’re shooting through January.
And have you noticed the mood on set change at all from season one to season two with the great reception the show has received?
Sure! Everyone is so excited; it’s exciting to be validated.