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When looking to cast a younger version of one of the main characters in season 5, Orange Is the New Black didn't have to go far to find its actress.

In the season's eighth episode, the show flashes back to Dayanara "Daya" Diaz's (Dascha Polanco) teenage years, and the actress who plays 14-year-old Daya looks exactly like Polanco. As fans noted on Twitter, the resemblance is so uncanny, it would make you think that the show really lucked out in its talent search. Well, it turns out, the two actresses look so much alike because young Daya was played by none other than Polanco's daughter, Dasany Kristal Gonzalez.

Check out these photos below:

Dascha Polanco Daughter - OITNB
Credit: Netflix
Dascha Polanco Daughter - OITNB
Credit: Netflix
Dascha Polanco - OITNB
Credit: Netflix
Dascha Polanco - OITNB
Credit: Netflix

Gonzalez isn't the first cast family member to appear on the show. Laverne Cox's twin brother M. Lamar played a pre-transitioning Sophia Burset in flashbacks in seasons 1 and 3.

The entire series is currently available on Netflix.

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Orange Is the New Black

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.

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