Pornstache and his eponymous facial hair will be back to terrorize the women of Litchfield once again, and Pablo Schreiber honestly sounds somewhat conflicted about returning to Orange Is the New Black. Read on for candid thoughts on his co-stars and playing memorable bad guys on both OITNB and Law & Order: SVU.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: How did the set feel different the second season knowing that the first was so successful?
PABLO SCHREIBER: It was way different. I think it surprised even Netflix how many people watched it. When we were making it the first season, I think everyone was just like, “Okay, we’ll see.” First season, there were a lot of newcomers. The general vibe on set was that it was exciting just to have the opportunity. Once it became successful, it kind of blew everybody’s mind a little bit. Coming back, it was an interesting set for sure. A lot of girls were quite excited about their popularity. There was a lot of Twitter-izing and that kind of stuff. They felt confident — they knew they were a success, and they acted that way. In good ways and bad ways.
How will Pornstache evolve?
I think that there’s kind of a tectonic shift happening between Porstache and Bennett and Daya in that triangle by the big point of the second season. I think you might be surprised by who you may be siding with in that triumvirate.
But it’s not like Pornstache will suddenly be a good guy…
Of course not. I still wear the mustache and I still get to do horrible things to people. Nobody will be disappointed with that side of him.
Matt McGorry [who plays the “good cop” CO Bennett] said he’s the primary giver of hugs for the ladies on set. As one of the few men on the show, do you get a lot of attention from your castmates?
No. Definitely not. True to character, the mustache is true woman-repellant. I walk on set, and nobody wants to get within 10 feet of me with a pole, and that’s the way I like it. I like to keep the ladies at bay. I don’t want anybody sniffing around Pornstache’s doghouse. I try to keep them out of his life. It works out well.
So Matt can have all the hugs?
Oh yeah, absolutely. Every one of them.
You play another memorably loathsome character, William Lewis, who stalked Mariska Hargitay’s character on Law & Order: SVU. Was it odd getting cast to play two women-hating creeps at once?
It’s quite strange how it all happened. It was a very odd confluence of events that led to me playing these two horrible characters at this particular point in my life. I think there are no mistakes, so the fact that it happened was perfect in every way. It was a little surprising. It’s not like that’s the only thing I’ve done in my career, playing a tone. But the fact that it popped so loud and vibrantly at this point in my career is strange and amusing and wonderful too. I don’t want to make a living playing the bad guy for the rest of my life and I’m not worried about that being where I get typecast. I’m not the least bit worried about it, so because of that, it’s an interesting moment to observe and enjoy for whatever it’s worth.
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