Belfast Telegraph

Biggs: Orange shows me in new light

Jason Biggs believes his role in Orange Is The New Black has changed people's opinion of him.

The actor found fame as hapless teen Jim Levenstein in the American Pie films, but now stars as a struggling writer in the comedy-drama series.

"For me, I think there has been a bit of a perception change," he said.

"The role and show are certainly different from what I think people are used to seeing me do!

"If [it] marks a turn in the sort of things I do in my career, then that's a bonus, but I'm just having fun, even being the small part of the show that I am."

Aside from Jason, many of the cast were relatively unknown at the start of the show, which follows bisexual Piper (Taylor Schilling) as she transitions from engaged Brooklynite to inmate, after being sent to prison for transporting drug money.

However, it has now won awards and picked up an army of devoted fans, and a second series is headed to Netflix.

Jason, 36, said: "There's something about coming back, knowing that people approve and are into it, that gives you a vote of confidence.

"Laura [Prepon] has done a show that ran for 10 years [That '70s Show], and I did a movie where we came back and did another one, so we've had that experience of, 'People like this and they want more of it' - and that's what's happening here, but it's no less exciting."

He continued: "It's additionally fun for me to see some of the other people, like Danielle [Brooks], for whom this is their first big project. To see their excitement and just how blessed they feel, it's really a great thing to be part of."

:: All 13 episodes of Orange Is The New Black will be available on Netflix from Friday, June 6.


From Belfast Telegraph