The Season 4 premiere of “Orange Is the New Black” is just around the corner and actress Selenis Leyva (aka Gloria Mendoza) spilled all the juicy details to The Huffington Post.
“I think [Season 4] is going to be one of the most talked about seasons,” Leyva said. “There’s a lot more conflict, there’s division amongst the groups more than ever. This is the season of the rise of the Latinas and there’s a lot of conflict within that.”
Leyva warned viewers about the new episodes, saying “There’s a lot of danger lurking around the corner this season. My heart was beating fast for the six months we were shooting.”
HuffPost got the chance to chat with Leyva at the Peeno Noir Pinot by Tituss Burgess launch party on Wednesday night, where guests sipped on red wine and mingled with various “OITNB” cast members. Frankie Grande, Drew and Jonathan Scott of “The Property Brothers” and plenty of Broadway actors were also in attendance.
Leyva told us that shooting for Season 5 of “OITNB” begins soon (!) and also admitted there’s a fellow Netflix show that’s stolen her heart — “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.”
“Obsessed! I binge, I binge,” Leyva said, visibly freaking out like us *normal* binge-watchers do. “And then I found Tituss on social media, I didn’t know him before this, and I was like, fangirling. And then he wrote back, ‘DIVAAAA,’ and it was love at first, you know, tweet.”
The cast of “OITNB” recently paid homage to Burgess’ “Kimmy Schmidt” character, Tituss Andromedon, and his hit song “Peeno Noir.” The ladies of Litchfield released “Honey Jar: A Tribute To Peeno Noir” and it’s just as catchy as the original.
Leyva laughed while recalling the song and said that her castmates are just as obsessed with “Kimmy Schmidt” as she is. There’s even some hope for a crossover or cameo opportunity in the future, as Leyva said she and Tituss have talked about it. And if she could, say, start a cult on the show or in real life, the actress has a few pretty brilliant ideas that we at HuffPost are all about.
“I think I would just start a cult taking phones away,” Leyva said. “Like I would just take your phone away and give you a hug. Just for the day, you know what I mean? It’s liberating. I am addicted to my phone, it’s an obsession and when I don’t have it around, when I can’t use it, I feel really good about it.”
Luckily, they don’t have (a lot) of phones in prison.
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