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Stars Behind Bars: Orange is the New Black's Yael Stone

Hailing from the land down under, Yael Stone rose to the top of our daily entertainment recaps for her role as Lorna Morello in Orange Is The New Black.  The breakout Netflix original series manages to lock in viewers by telling the stories of an array of women from different backgrounds and walks of life in prison.

Despite the complex storylines, Stone said the cast was more in-tune with each other than what their characters portrayed on film.

“It’s a bit of a sisterhood thing and to have so many women that’s so different, different colors, different ages, and different shapes and sizes, and coming from different places in their life, and everybody is coming together to work and have fun, that’s pretty sweet.” Stone said.

Accessorized with bright red lipstick and 1940s pinup curls, the 28-year-old portrays a witty yet empathetic character, one who most viewers want to see overcome the obstacles in prison, especially the surprise-around-the-corner each episode unleashed. Her accent, which she described as an “East Coast working class cocktail,” is at times the voice of reason in sticky situations.

Her character’s longing for mimosas, “West Side Story” themed-musicals, and the finer things outside those gritty prison walls is the foundation of Stone’s character, even a need for human touch (Nicky Nichols specifically).

“It feels the same as any other intimate scenes that I’ve done whether it be with men or women. It doesn’t make too much of a difference, but it’s so easy in the show because it’s a pretty comfortable set,” the Canary Theatre Company creator said. “Some of the early more intimate scenes I did like on the first few days of being on the set, and Natasha (Lyonne) and I didn’t really know each other, and we were having the most fun and she’s fucking amazing. She’s hilarious and funny and easy to work with, she just makes everybody laugh.”

Starring in movies such as 1999’s “Me Myself I,” and the short film “Jailbirds,” Stone adds to her roster of reels with OITNB, which locks into production for season two in 2014.

Litchfield Penitentiary was her fictive home this year, but check out what Stone had to say about her Aussie roots on the next page.

-Camille Augustin, additional reporting by Nicole Brown

 

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