get to know oitnb's jackie cruz

a.k.a., flaca

Photo by Tina Turnbow

Back in 2013, Netflix introduced a little show called Orange Is the New Black. Over one long binge-watch weekend, the series became a full-on hit, introducing thousands of viewers to the vast, cliqued-out ladies of Litchfield Penitentiary. With her distinct personality and comedic timing, Jackie Cruz has become one of the most recognizable, standout stars of the series. This Friday, she returns to Netflix in season three. In the gallery, she tells us what to expect on the new season and shares her personal journey.

Click through the gallery to read our interview.

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