Your performance in season three of OITNB is stellar! Are you looking forward to the evolution of Pennsatucky in season four?
Thank you, It was a rollercoater of a ride, I know. I am really pleased to watch this girl grow, change, and experience all of the beautiful and not-so-beautiful things we go through as human beings. I am definitely excited to continue to see the arc of Pennsatucky Tiffany Doggett. I even feel like she should be called "Tiffany" in my humble opinion [laughs]. I love being a part of this show so much. I love my co-stars, they impress and make me proud daily.
You've just settled into NYC for filming. Do you enjoy being in the Big Apple for a while?
I am a California gal for sure, but since this show started I have lived [in New York] six months out of the year, and it continues to grow on me each season. The cold is beyond anything on this planet, seeing as I'm basically a lizard who was raised in Arizona and then moved to sunny California. It might even turn out to be a healthier choice since I'm pale as a ghost and sun is supposed to be my enemy.
Can you catch us up on all that's happening with you musically right now?
I am recording all the time, I plan to put out a single again very soon, and just shot the video for my single on Sunday in Upstate New York. We shot inside the mansion on Grasmere Farms in Rhinebeck. Its this huge, empty mansion with like 30-something rooms, and the land it sits on was pure heaven. It was all nature, the most green grass and beautiful, huge trees with deer running around—it was so much what I needed. I loved shooting there, getting out of the city, and doing what I love most at such a beautiful place. I think this video is going to be amazing. I love the song, too.
I am constantly writing—it is my outlet for downtime when I am not on the show or [have] days off. It's my expression that helps me through good and bad times. My music has saved my life at times and made me feel whole again in times of despair or even when I'm the most happy. It's so fulfilling when a song is complete. To know that you accomplished that alone or with other people has to be for me one of the best feelings in the world. I have been talking about my album Freedom City coming out for a long time, but during recording it—which now, I am 64 songs in—I have changed directions. I have been inspired by other things, or life has just taken a turn—such as getting this show—and its taken a moment. But when it does come out, it's going to be worth it. At least for me.
What do you like best about DJ'ing?
I love traveling to all the different cities and seeing the way people rock all over the world. I like bringing the party, rather than attending—those days are behind me, but I still love music and dancing. I just want to be the one creating the dancing and the good vibes.
Jacket by Mantū; Blouse by Acne Studios; Skirt by Francesca Liberatore; Earrings by Parme Marin.