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You'll Never Believe Who Almost Played 'Orange Is the New Black's' Piper Chapman

By Cindy Davis | Industry | August 5, 2014 |

By Cindy Davis | Industry | August 5, 2014 |

Sometimes I have to really concentrate to separate my dislike of Piper Chapman and Taylor Schilling. I love Orange Is the New Black, and most of the actors (not Biggs), but I have a problem whenever Schilling is supposed to be conveying major emotions. She’s absolutely awful at crying and trying to be tough/angry/scary — better in scenes with Laura Prepon’s chemistry as additive. That said, I’ve really come to accept Schilling in the role of Piper; somehow it works because we all sort of despise Piper too. Still, I almost fell off the bed tonight when I came across the news that one actress who’d probably be even less fitting (no, it’s not Eliza Dushku, so I guess that makes *two* less-fitting actresses) almost got the role. Are you ready? Are you sitting down (I don’t want you to hurt yourself)? Have a looksie:


That’s right my friends, Katie Holmes almost made out with Laura Prepon (Katie does seem to be attracted to Scientologists…). Series creator Jenji Kohan says she’s a “big fan” of Holmes, and even met with the actress to discuss the role.

Bullet dodged? It’s still possible Holmes may guest star someday.

Cindy Davis, (Twitter) knows only Kate Mulgrew could play Red.

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