As Orange is the New Black returns, DC native and Hollywood vet Blair Brown talks being the new girl on the (cell) block.
Last season, Blair Brown joined Netflix’s blockbuster dramedy Orange Is the New Black as Judy King, the Martha Stewart-inspired character getting her day in court. She arrived at the penitentiary in the season finale, so we caught up with the 70-year-old actress ahead of June’s season-four premiere to get her thoughts on TV’s new golden age and joining OITNB.
Girl power: “This show [is] created by a woman, has women producers, writers, a camera operator… It feels so natural. It’s not a woman telling a woman’s story. It’s people telling a story. There are things that men only know about men and women about women—no matter if we have unisex bathrooms, right?”
TV today: “[Cable and Netflix] have really moved stuff along. We’re not tiptoeing around censors in the old way, a lot of which [was] completely arbitrary— and ridiculous.”
Joining the cast: “That first year was so strange, because I would see [everyone], but I didn’t get to work with them. And then I finally got my orange [jumpsuit], and I was in the throes of it: It was confusing for me as an actress in the same way it would be confusing for Judy going into prison. It was easy to act that, because it was the truth! What’s going on? Who’s my ally? Who’s going to be my nemesis?” [Laughs]
Season-four spoilers: “There are so many surprises, it takes your breath away!”