One show on Netflix that has the one of the greatest casts is Orange Is The New Black. Initially, the show was all about Piper, but soon the focus diverted to other inmates as well. These characters are amazing, entertaining and brutally honest. It’s one of the rare shows where you have dozens of favorite characters.
For many of the people on the show, it is their first big break. Considering that they are all fresh talents like Poussey, Crazy Eyes and Taystee, they have done a pretty good job. However, most of them have been into this profession for years. Here is an interesting list of surprising early roles of the cast.
1) Taylor Schilling – Dark Matter and Mercy
She had been acting for six years before she got the role of Piper Chapman in Orange Is The New Black. She was casted in a movie alongside Meryl Streep just one year after graduating college from Fordham in 2006. Pretty good start for an actor.
It was an independent movie directed by Chen Shi-zheng named Dark Matter. She played a minor role of Jackie. But this minor role was a major opportunity to start her career.
The first big break that she got was as a lead in Mercy, a medical drama on NBC. She played the role of Veronica Callahan, a tough nurse.
2) Kate Mulgrew – Ryan’s Hope
Kate plays Red on Orange Is The New Black, but is also popular as Star Trek: Voyager’s Kathryn Janeway.
In 1975, when she was only 20, she acted on an ABC soap opera known as Ryan’s Hope. In the show, she played the role of an aspiring journalist, Mary.
The producers didn’t let her character die even after she left. Instead, they re-casted her thrice. But the viewers didn’t seem to be satisfied in seeing any other actress playing Mary.