Whether you gobbled up all the new episodes of Orange Is the New Black in one glorious binge session or you're rationing them out throughout your summer, you're in for a treat. The latest batch of episodes, streaming now on Netflix, have all of the heart, humor and depth of season one, but spread more widely among the show's stellar ensemble cast.r
The second season shines a brighter spotlight on many faces that may have seemed background during the show's first 13 episodes. Season two dives deeper into characters like Poussey (Samira Wiley), Morello (Yael Stone) and Gloria (Selenis Leyva). Not only is Orange Is the New Black telling more of these complex stories, but it's showcasing even more diverse actresses in terms of sexuality, race and age.r
Outside the show, these actresses are making a huge impact, as well. Laverne Cox, who portrays trangender inmate Sophia Burset, has become a vocal advocate for issues affecting the trans community. She's made apearances on Katie Couric's daytime talk show (twice), served as Grand Marshal of NYC Pride March and even stood proudly on the cover Time Magazine.r
We sat down with Cox and Leyva to discuss their experience working on the show and their increasing profiles. See what they had to say, AFTER THE JUMP ...rr
Laverne Cox: Little bit? You think?r
What’s been the most exciting part of that success, and what has been the most challenging?r
Selenis Leyva: For me, it’s been pretty awesome! I’ve done a lot of TV and other work, and I thought before this when I did my episode on Girls, I got a lot of attention … But with Orange it’s been on another level of insanity. I’m very grateful. I get excited for people who come to me and they’re excited, because I’m like, ‘Wow! You’re so happy to see me! This is good, this is making my day!’ I think my daughter is a little bit freaked out by it. We went to the movies yesterday and a bunch of teenage girls came to us, and she got freaked out by that.r
LC: It’s scary.r
SL: And I said, ‘I know sweetheart, it’s scary, but Mama’s life has changed.’ It’s wonderful we have a platform now. We also have a responsibility that comes with success and celebrity. I have to be careful what I say and what I do, not only because I have a child who’s 11 years old who's always looking at me, but because now I have hundreds of thousands of people watching.r
LC: You’ve got millions, girl.r
SL: Millions! And as an Afro-Latina actress, I feel even more responsibility because I’m in this show that’s entertaining, but at the same time, it’s starting all these wonderful conversations about different types of people and different situations, so it’s lovely. And bring it, I’m ready for more!r
What movie did you guys go see?r
LC: I wanted to ask her too!r
SL: The Fault in Our Stars!r
LC: I met John Green who wrote the book, he’s amazing. What did you think of the film?r
SL: So good! The actors are fantastic. I cried! And my daughter’s sitting there, she’s crying, and as I’m trying to sneak out 'cause I see people looking at me, I was like, ‘God!’r
LC: Did they stop you in the bathroom, girl?r
SL: They did!r
LC: You know, I’m like, ‘Can I pee and wash my hands?’r
SL: It’s sweet!r
LC: It’s sweet, but it's like ... I guess for me, it's hard for me. I don’t often think, ‘Okay, I have to be ready to receive love right now,’ every time I leave the house.r
SL: Well, get ready.r
LC: I’m not, I’m really not. I’m a New Yorker, and a lot of times I want to go to Duane Reade and buy my toilet paper and my false eyelashes and get in and get out. What’s interesting for me is before I was on a hit TV show I didn’t talk to strangers on the street unless they were really cute men. And so now I don’t want to talk to strangers on the street either, that has not changed. And now I feel like, ‘Oh my God, people are going to say Laverne’s a bitch, or Laverne’s awful, 'cause she didn’t talk to me or she didn’t take a picture.’r
SL: I like it that people are nicer to me! I’m taking advantage of that. People are nice! They’re sending me free stuff, drinks!r
LC: The love is great. I guess it’s just about boundaries for me. When I go to events and stuff, it becomes work and not wanting to disappoint people, because people have projected all sorts of things onto me and I don’t want to disappoint them. And that’s what I’m hyper aware of, of not wanting to disappoint them, but also wanting to just be a human being. There’s a moment in Beyoncé’s I Am...Sasha Fierce tour at the very end - I know, right? Beyoncé, it always goes back to Beyoncé! - but it said ‘I Am’ for the most the concert, and then at the very end it said, ‘I Am Yours.’ And I was like, ‘Yes, we are yours, Beyoncé! Yes, you belong to us!’ And then I was like, that’s lovely as a fan, but I don’t want to live that way where I belong to the fans, because that’s a huge responsibility. I guess I’m feeling the responsibility piece too in a really intense way, and it’s really heavy. It’s been really important to me to find spaces to laugh and to be irreverent and not take on all that responsibility. And there’s so many amazing trans folks out there doing amazing work. They need to get attention too.r
You both talked about how you sort of feel like you’re advocates now because of the prominent roles you have. Do you ever find it difficult to balance that with the fact that you just want to be an actor? How do you keep that balance?r
SL: I think for you it’s fallen more in that realm, because a lot of people are looking to you to be the mouthpiece? Did someone tell you you were a mouthpiece?r
LC: But I chose to speak out. Let’s keep it real, I chose to speak out, and I continue to choose to speak out about things that are important to me and where I see injustice. So, I’ve chosen that, but I’m an actor and I’m an artist first, so I have to make decisions first based on that, so there are certain issues that I can’t talk about. Controversies out there that I have to leave to other people because I’m an artist. I have to be very deliberate about everything.r
SL: We have opinions about everything, but we can’t start getting on the soapbox just yet, because we would lose the whole actor thing and turn into something else.r
LC: For me it’s about choosing very carefully which battle I’m going to go for. But it’s been great, getting to do a documentary about CeCe McDonald, and when I was on the Katie Couric show the last time I was like, ‘We’re doing a whole segment about CeCe McDonald, a black trans woman who spent 19 months in a 41-month prison sentence in a men’s prison for defending herself.' And we did a whole segment on Katie Couric on network television about that.r
SL: Daytime, right?r
LC: Daytime! And we talked about Jane Doe, a sixteen-year-old girl who is incarcerated in Connecticut. She’s not been charged with a crime, and she’s in solitary confinement since April. Not charged with a crime! It’s insane! That’s insane to me! I got to talk about that on national television, and that makes me happy. I’d really be happy if we could get this girl out of prison, so hopefully more people will know about that and we’ll get some justice for people.r
We got to see a bit more of Sophia’s son this season, and it was such an uplifting, happy scene when you guys were playing cards. It was a beautiful scene.r
LC: It was so emotional! It’s funny, because I get so much direction of, ‘Don’t cry, don’t cry, don't cry!’ I think that was most of my direction for season one: Don’t cry. No, I’m kidding. But I was really emotional that day, and I remember I prepped, but I didn’t want to prep too much 'cause I just wanted to be in the moment with Michael and with Crystal. For me, those are the things that I dream of as an actor, getting to have these really complicated moments. It’s this moment of, okay, he’s finally here, how is this going to go? Is he going to come back? I want to hug him.r
SL: That’s the beauty of the writing! It goes nice and slow in real life pace. It didn’t end with oh, he hugged you, everything is back to normal.r
LC: We still don’t know what’s going to happen. It’s intense for me for the actor, but then it’s real, because how do you make this right? Do you make it right, in terms of repairing relationships with family? There’s an abandonment that’s happened because Sophia’s no longer his father, and there’s an abandonment that Sophia’s no longer there because she’s incarcerated. So there’s this stigma attached to that. I think parents have a need to connect and bond. I just think about my mom and it’s guttural.r
SL: And that’s the beautiful thing about your portrayal of Sophia, those moments that you have with your son and your wife because, as a mom, I go, ‘She’s a freaking fabulous actress! Because I know she doesn’t have kids … ‘r
LC: But I have a mother.r
SL: And I believe every second of it. I think, again, the writing on this show is amazing. And then, you know, the acting is alright!r
The second season of Orange Is the New Black is available now on Netflix.
Shai Piron, Israel’s Education Minister, has apologized for the homophobic comments he made against same sex families earlier this month. Piron was met with a fierce outpouring of backlash from Israel’s prominent LGBT community after asserting that “[i]t’s a Jewish state’s right, maybe even its duty, to say to same-sex couples who decide to live their lives together—that’s not a family,’" in an interview with the Israel National News.r
Hagit Rimon, Piron’s lesbian sister, came to the Education Minister’s defense soon after his comments were made public. “I wasn’t offended. I don’t get offended by general statements, and I trust his intentions,” Rimon said to Israel’s Walla News. “He does work for many different communities, and he is a pluralistic guy.”r
Piron took to his Facebook account to issue an awkwardly articulated backtracking of his previous stance.r
”You can disagree with the wording of words, yet it reflects the reality in Israel and the difficulties of the religious community with changes in family structure.” He wrote, “Every day I try to build a bridge between groups and communities, the first phase of the bridge is to accept and understand.” Piron went on to faux-pologize “if [his] words were understood incorrectly” in the post, prompting for yet another, appropriate apology. Chairman of the Knesset Gay Pride Lobby MK Nitzan Horowitz, called the apology “feeble” and “inadequate.”r
“Piron is the education minister and his comments affect the entire system,” he said yesterday. “Students in the education system, children of gay families, gay teachers, and gay parents, all were hurt by the statement of the man who is in charge of education in Israel.”
LaBeouf made headlines this past weekend for his disorderly conduct at a performance of Cabaret on Broadway.
Labeouf was acting erratically and being abusive to other audience members until he was forcibly removed by the police and arrested.
Now it appears he's making moves to address some issues:
X17online can report, exclusively, that the troubled actor is getting help at a celebrity-frequented treatment facility in Hollywood.
We followed the actor from his Hollywood Hills home, just an hour ago, to a private facility where other stars have sought treatment -- driven by someone believed to be from the rehab facility. When the car arrived at the gated drive to the center, a nurse and security guard were there to great Shia. In fact, earlier in the day when we spotted Shia in his driveway, we noticed his was carrying the Alcoholics Anonymous Big Blue Book.
Our photographer tells us: "Shia was nervous; he didn't look good all morning. He was looking down and wasn't even talking to his driver. It looked like he didn't want to do it, but he knew he had to."
SPOILER: Do not hit play if you haven't watched this episode from the final season of TRUE BLOOD on HBO
Very sexy scene between "Jason Stackhouse" and "Eric Northman."
About shooting the scene, Kwanten told TVLine:
'There was word on the street that a scene was coming, and to be honest, Alex and I had been — not necessarily begging to work together — but we’d been pondering the thought, “What if we were ever put in a scene where it was just the two of us? What would happen?” And this is what our illustrious writers came up with.'
He said the scene with Skarsgard took a few hours to film and both were in good spirits throughout.
'I always have a lot of fun, and I think that’s the important thing to remember,' he said. 'We’re just there to have fun and to stay true to the characters. Thinking back to this particular scene, I just remember Alex and I laughing a lot.'
A 70-year-old gay man shared his story about the advice his father gave him in rural Washington in the early 1950s.
Patrick Haggerty was on his way to perform in a high school assembly when he started putting glitter on his face, much to his brother’s dismay.
Haggerty tells NPR’s StoryCorps that after his brother dropped him off at school, he called their father.
“Dad, I think you better get up there,” his brother said. “This is not going to look good.”
Their father, Charles Edward Haggerty, was a local dairy farmer. He drove down to the school in his usual work attire: dirty farming jeans and boots. When Haggerty spotted his dad in the hallway, he hid.
“It wasn’t because of what I was wearing,” Haggerty explains. “It was because of what he was wearing.”
Haggerty was embarrassed by his father’s dirty work clothes.
On the car ride home that afternoon, Haggerty’s father looked at him and said:
“I was walking down the hall this morning, and I saw a kid that looked a lot like you ducking around the hall to avoid his dad. But I know it wasn’t you, ’cause you would never do that to your dad.”
Haggerty admitted to his father, “Well, Dad, did you have to wear your cow-crap jeans to my assembly?”
“Look, everybody knows I’m a dairy farmer,” his father replied. “This is who I am. Now, how ’bout you? When you’re an adult, who are you gonna go out with at night?”
Though Haggerty hadn’t yet come out to his family, his father already suspected his son might be gay.
His father continued: “I’m gonna tell you something today, and you might not know what to think of it now, but you’re gonna remember when you’re a full-grown man: Don’t sneak. Because if you sneak, like you did today, it means you think you’re doing the wrong thing. And if you run around spending your whole life thinking that you’re doing the wrong thing, then you’ll ruin your immortal soul.”
“And out of all the things a father in 1959 could have told his gay son,” Haggerty says, “my father tells me to be proud of myself and not sneak.”
He continues: “He knew where I was headed. And he knew that making me feel bad about it in any way was the wrong thing to do. I had the patron saint of dads for sissies, and no, I didn’t know at the time, but I know it now.”
Hear Haggerty tell his story to StoryCorps below.
Mark your calendars - September 8th is the date that the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals will hear 20 minutes of oral arguments in the case of Beverly Sevcik v. Brian Sandoval.
Eight couples sued the state of Nevada over it's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage in 2012. That judge upheld the law sending the case to appeals.
What has changed since 2012, you might ask? In February of this year, the Nevada Attorney General dropped opposition to the lawsuit saying due to recent rulings the law was "indefensible." With the state's governor and AG stepping aside from a case they say is unwinnable, only the Coalition for the Protection of Marriage is left to argue it alone.
Currently, same-sex couples can marry in 19 states and the District of Columbia.
This week I'm in Washington DC, where in one year we're all but guaranteed to have a ruling on the freedom to marry. We also have major milestones to report this week in Utah and Indiana.
Ellis McCreadie photographed by Scott Teitler for Jón magazine.
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The casting team that put together this year’s Big Brother 16 cast should win an award for their outstanding work. Almost a week into the season following what was hailed as the “most controversial,” the producers seem to have done a better job weeding out the racists and homophobes, opting instead for a house of beautiful mannequins.
Superfans are calling this “the most beautiful cast” in years, a label hugely supported by adorable new houseguest Cody Calafiore. The 23-year-old former soccer player and native New Jersian has been melting hearts on the live feeds since last week, but he’s turning heads on the fan blogs now that his previous work as a male underwear model has been discovered.
Aside from being a kind-hearted heartbreaker, Cody is also a C-IN2 model who appeared in the recent football-themed “Get A Firm Grip” campaign. For the reocrd, he has an incredible ass and a pretty impressive bulge:
Check out some of his greatest modeling shots below:
So far this season, he’s been pretty adorable:
A new masterpiece, Me and You, continues the Bernardo Bertolucci mystery
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