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Jun 2016
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Express wrote about Kate Mulgrew defending Taylor Schilling’s character Piper Chapman in ‘Orange Is the New Black’, as her character gets a lot of criticism.

Initially the series’ protagonist, fans and critics have argued online that she has been sidelined as the narrative has progressed, in favour of a more diverse ensemble set-up.

Be that as it may, Mulgrew was keen to tell press including Express.co.uk that Schilling is doing a stellar job playing a very difficult character.

“Piper continues to be a controversial character but she’s not, in my mind,” she said.

“She’s absolutely essential. Taylor Schilling plays her like a dream. I’m telling you this because I know it! I’m with her a lot and this actress and character are getting criticised for all the wrong reasons.”

The former Star Trek favourite added: “She has to walk the line, I don’t have to do that. Red is a straight arrow, but she has to be equally funny and sad; proud and stupid. And she is all of those things all of the time.

“She’s a very, very fine actress. She really is.”

Mulgrew, 61, also jokily ranted about the ‘Netflix and Chill’ phenomenon, saying she’s only recently discovered what it means.

“’Netflix and Chill’, do you guys have that here?” she said. “I find that just appalling.

“I learned that in Paris. I don’t do social media, I’m the only one who doesn’t. So I didn’t know what that means. Even hashtag. Is it #Chill?”

Laughing, she added: “It means ‘let’s have sex’! But I say to everybody, why would you have sex while you’re watching my show? I want you to watch the show!”

Orange Is The New Black returns to Netflix on Friday, June 17.

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