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Taylor Schilling: ‘Orange’ set’s lack of makeup is ‘liberating’

By Nicole Evatt
Associated Press

When Taylor Schilling arrives on the set of “Orange Is the New Black,” her make-under begins.

“We all come into work and we get our makeup taken off. The woman who does my makeup,” said Schilling, 29, “I’m just now realizing her tricks. I think she spends time with me like just with the brush with nothing on my face to make it feel like she’s doing something.”

The no-makeup look might be intimidating, but it’s a thrill for Schilling.

“It’s liberating and scary, and it feels risky, and I think that’s when sometimes the most interesting stuff happens – especially on a show that is all-female,” she said. “It’s kind of exciting to have it be about what’s happening between us as opposed to what shoes people are wearing or what their makeup or hair or whatever looks like.”

The popular Netflix original series follows Schilling’s character, Piper Chapman, as she adjusts to life in a women’s prison.

Before the hit show’s second season debuts June 6, fans can catch her out of the orange jumpsuit in the indie drama “Stay.”

Q: What was it like filming “Stay” with Aidan Quinn on the west coast of Ireland?

A: Just incredible. I mean, I know him as Aidan Quinn from “Legends of the Fall,” you know, a very fancy actor man. And he was such a pleasure to work with and so talented. And also, it was so fun to be with him in his home turf of Ireland where … they love him so much.

Q: What can you tell us about the new season of “Orange Is the New Black”?

A: We go deeper into characters, and it encompasses more of the Litchfield prison community, so you get to know more of the ladies a little bit more in-depth.

Q: Did you know Lupita Nyong’o has shown her love for “Orange” over social media?

A: I’m glad Lupita likes it! I like Lupita. Holy cow!

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