There had been rumours that Laura would not return to the show at all. She did return, however she was only in a handful of scenes the whole season.
She assures fans she has a much bigger part to play in season three, filming now, appearing in “every episode”, and explains why she had so little screen time in season two.
“Netflix doesn’t do the standard contract of blocking you off for a few years, so I had a conflict come up,” Laura told the TODAY Show.
The 34-year-old continues, “It’s since been handled and we’ve started season three and I’m in every episode. I’m so bummed that I wasn’t in season two more. Sorry you guys! But season three, we’re already shooting and it’s going to be awesome.”
“I honestly don’t think there is another show on television right now which has as many strong, independent female characters,” Laura told host Savannah Guthrie. ‘Netflix is awesome because we totally push the envelope.”
“[Creator] Jenji Cohen, nothing is taboo for her. We go there… and our viewers are smart they want compelling TV and now it’s more competitive than ever. I got one of the scripts and I was like ‘Oh my God.’ It’s also so exciting because that’s when you grow as an actress when you’re totally out of your comfort zone. ”
Asked about some of the prisoners’ immaculate hair and make-up, she laughed, “We have a salon in our prison you guys!”
“We tend to figure out how to get some things. Red smuggled in some things for us in the kitchen and stuff. The girls are very wily. We’ll make cool aid powder with Vaseline and mix some lipstick.” She added, “My character trades her pills for eyeliner. They all have these little things they do – to keep some sense of themselves.”