06 Aug Via THR: ‘Orange Is The New Black’ Showrunner Jenji Kohan Talks About Her Upcoming Projects, The Success Of The Show, & More!
‘Orange Is The New Black’ showrunner Jenji Kohan recently opened up to ‘The Hollywood Reporter‘ about a slew of topics ranging from her thoughts on her worst Hollywood writing experience, equal pay, the success of the show, and so much more.
Jenji is no stranger to expletives as according to the interviewer, she used over 15 during her 1hr/half long interview. Which I’m guessing isn’t a big deal to the fans as the show is laced with so many. In the interview we learned about how ‘Orange Is The New Black’ became what it is today.
A friend had given her Kerman’s prison memoir while she was still working on Weeds, and Kohan urged Lionsgate to option the rights. “I loved the characters, the diversity, and I loved that the setting was a crossroads where every type of person could travel through,” she says, noting the vast potential for stories. She has said that Piper (played by Emmy-nominated Taylor Schilling) was her “Trojan horse,” a network-accessible “cool blonde” entree into a world of characters — black, Latina, lesbian, transgender — rarely seen on television. Netflix offered what others wouldn’t: a 13-episode straight-to-series commitment, a light touch with regard to creative notes and an opportunity to be part of television’s next wave.
The overall interview is one that is more def worth the read check it out The Hollywood Reporter.