Dascha Polanco: Arrested Development
Your acting in general?
No, the courage to actually audition and not be afraid of rejection.
What drew you to this project?
Jenji Kohan, the whole Netflix idea- I was very excited when I heard the concept knowing that a lot of people hadn’t known about it yet. The whole show is so brilliant and makes me proud to be a part of this whole project.
Were you familiar with Piper Kerman before auditioning?
No, I was not. I didn’t read the book until we started shooting and it grew my interest even more. Jenji amazes me. To read this book and then create this branch that grows from it with so many interesting issues. [Piper] does visit set a lot. I was excited because I thought, “Wow, I met an actual author! (laughs)” For her to be involved gives it so much life because usually when people make movies or shows based on stories, I rarely see this happen and then they end up moving away from the actual facts. She brings truth to the set.