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Wednesday 28 January 2015

Taryn Manning: Jail uniform is cool

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 15:  Actress Taryn Manning attends the "Orange Is The New Black" season two premiere at Ziegfeld Theater on May 15, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
Taryn Manning

Taryn Manning says the best thing about wearing prison uniform in Orange Is the New Black is that no-one gets the best outfits.

The actress stars as Tiffany 'Pennsatucky' Doggett in the Netflix drama, which is based in a women's prison. It means the whole cast have to be in jail uniform, which the actress claims they all quite like.

"The potato sacks are like the great equalizers... Nobody gets the better outfits or shoes," she laughed to the American edition of OK! magazine.

Pennsatucky is known for having bad skin and terribly decayed teeth. The 35-year-old actress has no problem with her appearance for the role as it means she doesn't have to make much effort before she turns up to work.

"Fifteen minutes," she said, when asked how long she is in hair and make-up for. "The more dishevelled I show up, the better. If I have a pimple, they don't even cover it up. My rotten teeth are painted on and that's about it. I tried to sneak mascara one time and I got caught."

There are other benefits to playing such a scruffy character - it's given Taryn the ability to really focus on her art.

"The worst pressure is being onscreen playing the pretty girl and thinking you're not pretty enough. So this role is great. It's liberating," she said.

In real life the star boasts bleached blonde hair and spends a lot of time thinking about her clothes. That started when she was growing up and wanted to fit in, something she's since realised is over-rated.

"It started when my mom would take me back-to-school shopping at second-hand stores. I would get one pair of new shoes. I would draw a little blue square on the back of my sneakers to make them look like Keds. It was heartbreaking then but now I love thrift stores," she explained.

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