Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black already had an awesome array of tough broads, but new cast member Lorraine Toussaint might play the meanest mother of all: Vee, a former drug peddler with an incredibly dark past. She viciously shakes up the prison dramedy’s second season (premiering June 6) — choosing an unexpected drug mule. ”I would be doing scenes and surprising myself because Vee was just as much of a mystery to me,” says Toussaint, 54. ”She really does color outside the lines.” While Vee may polarize the inmates of Litchfield, off camera Toussaint took a friendlier approach with the close-knit cast. ”I know how to enter someone’s home as a gracious guest,” says the TV veteran, who’s best known as tenacious lawyer Rene on Lifetime’s Any Day Now. ”This ain’t my first rodeo.”
Jenji Kohan’s absorbing ensemble dramedy, based on Piper Kerman’s memoir of the same name, takes viewers inside the walls of Litchfield, a minimum security women’s prison where nothing’s as simple as it seems—especially the inmates.