Dascha Polanco, Laura Prepon, Taylor Schilling, Uzo Aduba and Kate Mulgrew star in Orange is the New Black.
Dascha Polanco, Laura Prepon, Taylor Schilling, Uzo Aduba and Kate Mulgrew star in Orange is the New Black. Netflix

Season 3 of Orange is the New Black is all about faith

FAITH will be a recurring theme in the new season of Orange is the New Black.

Season three of the dark comedy premieres tomorrow on Netflix and Foxtel.

Created by Jenji Kohan ("Weeds"), the thought-provoking series follows a diverse group of inmates serving time in a women's prison and the staff employed to oversee and rehabilitate them.

"Season three has been an interesting one to shoot because Jenji was playing a lot with faith," Uzo Aduba, who plays Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren, told APN.

"It (the word faith) can cover things such as religion or faith in oneself or faith in another person and I don't think Suzanne is any exception to that word. She has in the past two seasons shown us that she is an idol worshiper and somebody who puts her faith in other people, sometimes rightly and sometimes carelessly."

Uzo Aduba, left, and Danielle Brooks in a scene from season three of Orange is the New Black.
Uzo Aduba, left, and Danielle Brooks in a scene from season three of Orange is the New Black. JOJO WHILDEN

The end of season two saw Crazy Eyes get the blame for Vee's attack on Red.
But with Vee out of the picture for season three, Crazy Eyes will have to form new alliances.

"In season three we get to explore where she decides to place her faith this go round, whether it's in herself or again in another person and what the payoff is for her," Aduba said.

"In the past she's invested in love with absolutely no return. We'll see what it is she chooses to invest in this time and whether (or not) the risk is worth the cost."

Joining the cast this season is Australian Ruby Rose. The model and former MTV VJ plays new inmate Stella, who is expected to form a love triangle with Piper and Alex.

Ruby Rose in a scene from season three of the TV series Orange is the New Black.
Ruby Rose in a scene from season three of the TV series Orange is the New Black. JOJO WHILDEN

The award-winning series also stars another Aussie, Sydney native Yael Stone.

Her character Lorna was last seen helping Rosa, whose cancer diagnosis was terminal, to escape in a van.

"I thought that was a really brave move for her, especially in a prison context where it's like first-come-first-serve and you look out for yourself," Stone said.

"That was a decision that was really lovely and human… and it was also just pretty badass."

Season two saw Lorna finally admit to the stalking which landed her in prison.

"I think there's a journey with Lorna where she's connecting with things that are a bit more real for her, rather than living in that fantasy land," she said.

Taylor Schilling, standing, in a scene from season three of Orange is the New Black.
Taylor Schilling, standing, in a scene from season three of Orange is the New Black. JoJo Whilden

"That first moment when you tell the truth it's hard and it doesn't necessary feel good but it's the beginning of transformation."

Both actors are still blown away by the global popularity of the show, which was Netflix's second big hit after House of Cards.

"We were just working on trying to tell the best story we could for 13 episodes in season one," Aduba said.

"We never imagined three seasons later we'd be here, touching people around the world. I don't think my brain has wrapped itself around it yet, and I kind of almost hope it doesn't because I don't know what that means when it does. I'm just happy to be surprised anytime someone is like 'Uzo' on the street and I go 'how did that person know my name?'"


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