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Lea DeLaria Talks ‘Orange Is The New Black’ Season 3, Viral Subway Video, Her ‘Very Weird’ Wedding And More: Exclusive Interview


Lea DeLaria
(Photo : Orange Is The New Black) Lea DeLaria as Big Boo on "Orange Is The New Black."

From an early scene with a screwdriver to a hilarious competition with Nicky (Natasha Lyonne) to a unique relationship with her service dog, Lea DeLaria has had some of the most memorable -- and risque -- scenes on “Orange Is The New Black.” We’re sure nothing about that will change in season 3!

We caught up with Lea at the New York Women In Film & Television Designing Women Awards, which she was hosting, and asked her about “OITNB,” her viral video argument with a subway preacher and her upcoming wedding.



Lea DeLaria
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Lea DeLaria at the New York Women In Film And Television Designing Women Awards.



You’re hosting tonight! What can we expect?

They gave me a script, I looked it over, I crossed things out, added things, punched in jokes. You can expect it to be not as dry as normal. I haven’t been to this in many years, but I’m a comic so it will be funny.

“Orange Is The New Black” season 3 is coming up. Is there anything you can tell us?

This is what I can tell you about season 3: I’m in it and it airs on June 12! That’s what I can tell you.

I might make a personal note and say I personally feel that it’s the best season yet. I think a lot of us feel that way. We’re constantly amazed by the stuff that comes out of the writers’ room. Second season everyone agreed was better than the first season, and we thought, "How are they going to top that?" And they have.



Lea DeLaria
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June 12 is coming up! Do you have plans for the premiere?

I don’t know, honestly. I haven’t talked to my fiancée yet. I’m not allowed to watch it without her. We’ve got OrangeCon the night before, which is the big fan event we’re doing. I don’t imagine I’ll be up but then we might go right to it because it’s midnight, right? We might just go right to it from OrangeCon. They’re keeping us busy! I’m not sure what’s going to happen, but I know last year, we watched it in a week. I watched “House of Cards” twice in one week. I like the binging!

You mentioned your fiancée [fashion editor Chelsea Fairless of Cat Party and VFILES]. How’s the wedding planning coming?

Right now we’re deciding on the venue. We want either really gaudy, hideous, over-the-top -- because we just love the idea of this campy, ridiculous thing -- or something more staid like the Players Club. We’re trying to make that decision. And I’m also thinking of maybe doing it in a warehouse and then we can set it up any way we want. It’s going to be a very weird wedding, I can assure you.



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“Orange Is The New Black” has gotten really established, they’re already working on Season 4. How long would you like to see it go on?

27 years! I’ll go with 27. Listen, if “SVU” can go as long as it goes, if “Law & Order” can go as long as it goes, if “One Life To Live” can go as long as it went, why can’t “Orange Is The New Black” go that long? We’ve got so many characters.

When we were nominated for the SAG Award, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, who plays Mitch on "Modern Family" -- he’s my best friend -- when the nomination came out, he texted me, “You guys are so going to win, you have 400 members in your cast! You’re starting out with 400 more votes than everyone else.” And then when we did win, everyone rushed onstage, all these women in heels, I’m the only one who helps them up -- and then all these bitches get in the front row! I’m four foot tall and they put me in the back! You can see me poking my head up between them. That’s what I get for being nice.

There was a video that went viral of you yelling at a subway preacher, which I have to say thank you for, because that’s my train and I see him all the time. What was it like when that went viral?

It’s an insult to preachers to call that hatemongering jerk a preacher. I was shocked, I’ve gotta say. I was on my way to work, I was trying to memorize lines. I called my manager when I got out of the train and I said, “Look. I had an altercation with a hatemongering, queer-hating guy on the train. We had words. People pulled out cameras. You’ll probably see some YouTube videos.” He said, “Were you okay?” and I said, “I didn’t swear, and I think I sounded really smart.” That was the issue, because if I get really mad I’ll spew nasty language. But I didn’t swear. I said, “I think I sounded really smart. I quoted the Bible, I attacked him on certain things.” And he was like, “Great.”

And then it’s a two-block walk from the subway to the studio. I get to the studio and my manager calls me back -- two blocks! “TMZ just called.” I went, “What?” And then before I knew it, it was crazy. I was trending on Twitter and Facebook. It was insane. I guess now I know what it’s like to be viral. It’s kind of cool!


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Reporter's Photo Jun 03, 2015 05:33 PM EDT