lot of the time television shows and movies have such elaborate costume and makeup teams that when you see the actors and actresses on the red carpet or in interviews, they look completely unrecognizable. It's easy to get caught up in thinking that what you see on the screen is always what you get.
That's the case with the hit prison drama Orange Is the New Black, as many of the stars of the show don't look like hardened criminals in real life. Go figure.
But seeing their pictures side-by-side shows how dramatically one can change for a role.
Uzo Aduba as Suzanne Warren (Crazy Eyes)
After having mostly unsuccessful auditions, Aduba got the call that she got the role of Crazy Eyes on “Orange is the New Black,” forty-five minutes after she decided to quit acting altogether.
Looks like that’s working out pretty well now.
Vicky Jeudy as Janae Watson
As Janae Watson, she’s a former high school track star, who after one wrong turn becomes an inmate at Litchfield Penitentiary.
But Vicky actually got her start in the entertainment world competing in beauty pageants. She was a top twenty-five semifinalist in the Miss NY USA competition, where she took home the title of Miss Photogenic
Taryn Manning as Pennsatucky
When she’s not playing Pennsatucky, she plays with her hair color instead.
In addition to acting, Manning is also a fashion designer, singer-songwriter and the vocalist for electronic duo Boomkat. She is also co-owner of the clothing brand “Born Uniqorn”.
Kelly Karbacz as Kasey Sankey
The names are similar, but the hair and makeup are total polar opposites, as in, one actually does her hair and makeup.
Karbacz actually graduated from the prestigious Stuyvesant High School in New York City and later attended the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute, part of the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.
Danielle Brooks as Taystee
Brooks often wears her hair in a variety of versatile protective sew-ins or wigs, which is a vast departure from her look on the show.
She also graduated from The Juilliard School and received a Tony award nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical in 2016 for her performance in The Color Purple.