“Orange is the New Black” Season 3 is currently being filmed and in the meantime, actress Samira Wiley–who plays Poussey–and Pablo Schreiber–who plays George Mendez talked about their characters.
WARNING: This article contains a few minor spoilers for those who haven’t seen Season 2.
Wiley, speaking with the New Republic, described her character during the season.
“Definitely the backstory episode, where we see her on the military base speaking German—that was a big surprise to me. I don’t actually speak any German, but they had a dialect coach for me,” he said of the “heartbreak” that’s befallen Pousey.
She said, “The mohawk was definitely my idea! They have a great costume designer on set, and when it was time for my episode she came in with a rack of clothes. I was able to pick out certain outfits but it was really her ideas—and then I threw in the mohawk to complete the whole look.”
Wiley said the hardest scene for Season 2 was “definitely the scene we were just speaking of [with her German girlfriend’s father] was hard. With everything that’s going on on set, to be in that deep emotional place is difficult.”
“I’m also thinking of the scene with Taystee in episode 12, when we’re in the library. It’s kind of the climax of the whole season, when basically she pushes me down and we crumble into a crying fest. That was difficult,” she added.
Another report says that fan favorite Pablo Schreiber, who plays guard George “Pornstache” Mendez, won’t have as large of a role in Season 3.
He indicated that Mendez won’t be seen as much.
“I’m a series regular now on a show called The Brink on HBO. But his mother is making an appearance on season three. Mary Steenburgen has been cast as my mom. I’m not sure what she’ll do that will advance the Pornstache plotline, but for now, Mendez is in prison, biding his time. Spoiler alert!” he told Vulture.
He added that “pornstache would make an amazing dad… He’d be a doting father. I think he’s very interested in legacy, like he wants to make as many mini-Pornstaches as he can. Get all kinds of people out there just transforming the U.S. justice system in as many ways as possible.” And “six to eight” kids would be enough, he quipped.