There are a lot of reasons that everyone should be watching Orange Is the New Black, but hardly any are more convincing/important than Pennsatucky—the Bible-quoting, recovering meth addict is without a doubt one of the best characters on the show. This is, of course, due mostly to actress Taryn Manning's genius portrayal. In a new interview with Refinery 29, Manning explained how she prepared for the role, both physically and mentally:
"...I showed up to set with my idea of what it would look like, and I put in long, dull, color extensions. I already thought I had taken it to the limit, right? Then I go to makeup. They don't put any makeup on me — not even concealer to cover a zit — and then they add, you know, red spots, some stuff around the nose, and then the teeth. I was just like, 'Oh my ugly. Oh my god.' But, honestly, at that moment, I already knew I was setting out for quite an adventure with this character."
Manning also touches upon the critical response to Pennsatucky, including the fact that she's now a fairly big meme on the Internet:
"Yeah. There's all this fun stuff online...like an emoticon...of me with [my] hands up. Some guy sent me a snapshot. It was like, 'Hey, want to go out tonight?' and then me with [my] hands up. I was like, 'Yeah!' I thought that was great.... People have made T-shirts with my face where Jesus Christ should be. I'm like, 'I'm going to be assassinated.' No, but it has been so fun."
You can check out the rest of the interview, in which Manning discusses fame, personal style, and her transitions between acting and music, by heading on over to Refinery 29 here.
[via Refinery 29]