Orange Is The New Black season 2 had Jodie Foster directing. The ‘Contact’ star chatted with the Hollywood Reporter about landing her OITNB directing gig.
Foster said, “Interestingly, I read the book and I said to my agent, ‘Oh man, I really want to do this.’ He was like, ‘Well, [the showrunner is] Jenji Kohan!’ And I was like, Would you please pass along that I’d like to be a part of this?’ Then eventually I found out a friend of mine was doing prep work for the show, and I told her, ‘Please tell the writer [Piper Kerman] I love that book and I’m dying to do something.’ Then that’s what happened. They don’t tell you what episode you’re shooting so it’s a wonderful exercise and meditation in letting go because you have no idea what you’re doing. One episode takes eight days to prep and eight to shoot. It’s a fast deal. And I’d never done TV before.”
The two-time Oscar-winning actress and film director (The Beaver) also talked about how different television directing was from movies, saying, “It’s a whole new world, but it’s right up my alley. Story is back and that’s what I do. I love serving directors in film, and in television, that’s the show creator. You’re there to be their champion. As the director, you don’t cast a show, you don’t have the sets built per your specs, you don’t do revisions. You’re not the sheriff! But Orange is so my tone. It’s a comedy and drama put together. You care about what happens to people and they’re as real as a heartbeat and yet there’s all this whimsy.”
Dascha Polanco, who plays Daya in OITNB, has been promoted to a series regular for season three of Netflx/Lionsgate’s Orange is the New Black according to Deadline. Polanco can also be seen in the upcoming Adam Sandler film, The Cobbler.