There’s been much speculation online whether or not Laura Prepon would return to reprise her role as “Alex” in Netflix’s Orange is the New Black.
It was rumored that she left the show to take on another project, but after large amounts of fan outcry she later returned to the show for one or two episodes.
Laura set the record straight in a new interview with The Daily Beast.
There’s a lot of conflicting information that’s been published online about what happened with your contract following Season 1, and your diminished role in Season 2, and now you signing on for Season 3. The rumors were that you’d opted out of your OITNB contract after Season 1. What really happened?
Basically, I wasn’t a series regular and wasn’t under contract, and then had a scheduling conflict that came up during Season 2. But I love the show and I love my character, and I told Jenji from the get-go, “I want to be in as many as I can.” So we did, and I’ll be in four episodes for Season 2. And then if we get a Season 3, I’ll be in every episode. I totally missed the show. It sucks, but there’s only one of me, and there’s only so much time in the day. We did what we could, and if there’s a Season 3, I worked it out so that wouldn’t be an issue anymore.
So there you have it. We’re looking forward to watching “Alex” and “Piper” sort things out this season on Orange Is The New Black when it premieres on Netfilx on June 6th. Have you seen the new trailer?