Orange Is the New Black season 7: What was filming last OITNB series like? Star tells all

Orange Is the New Black premieres on Netflix tomorrow (Friday, July 26). All 13 episodes of the comedy-drama series will be available for OITNB fans to stream and download in one go. After eight years, Orange Is the New Black has come to an end. Read on to find out why Adrienne C Moore felt that filming the end of Orange Is the New Black was ‘bittersweet.’

What was filming the last ever series of OITNB like?

Orange Is the New Black first arrived on Netflix back in 2013.

The comedy-drama show is based on Piper Kerman’s memoir, Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison about her experience incarcerated in a minimum-security federal prison.

The series went on to become Netflix’s most-watched original series and rose to critical acclaim immediately.

Over the past eight years, OITNB has won numerous accolades and the first season alone received 12 Emmy nominations, winning three.

Uzo Aduba, who plays Suzanne ‘Crazy Eyes’ Warren won the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama series in 2014.

Orange Is the New Black is also the first-ever show to receive the most Emmy nominations in the comedy and drama categories.

The series has also received nominations for six Golden Globe nominations, six Writers Guild of America Awards and Peabody Award.


Orange Is the New Black is known for addressing topical issues head-on including feminism, gay rights, black lives matter, immigration and racism

The series also draws attention to the American penal system, including privatisations of prison, overcrowding, guard brutality and corruption and the treatment of female prisoners.

The last season of OITNB takes place in a max security facility, where Litchfield inmates have been moved to following the riot at the end of season five.

Since then, Piper Chapman (played by Taylor Schilling) has been released and she has married her long-term girlfriend Alex Vause (Laure Prepon) who is still in prison.


The final series will see Piper trying to adjust to life on the outside whilst her wife and former friends serve the rest of their sentences.

Cindy (played by Adrienne C Moore) is one of the show’s most memorable characters for her humour and close friendship with Taystee (Danielle Brooks).

In season six, Taystee was wrongfully convicted of killing evil guard Desi Piscatella (Brad William Henke) at the end of the riot in series five.

However, it was Cindy who helped secure Taystee’s guilty conviction so she could get an early release.

Moore spoke to about what filming the final series was like.

She said: “The words that I keep using is ’bittersweet’. I remember I had this conversation with Tina Fey when she was filming the last season of 30 Rock and I was so blessed to be on that show twice in the last season and I remember having the exact same conversation with her.

“I said to her ‘how do you feel about 30 Rock coming to an end?’ and she said ‘it’s bittersweet’. I didn’t understand it at the time because I was just starting out my professional career and try to make moves in the world.

“What I’m learning and understanding from that phrase is that it’s bittersweet in that no one wants any good thing to come to an end and this about the journey and you have been on, I’ve been on as a person and this character and my own life and how this character has evolved and how I have evolved and what this show has done for us and each of our careers.


“The thought of that coming to an end is sort of sad but the sweet part of that is that we have done and we have worked on a tremendous and groundbreaking show that has really caused a lot of introspective thoughts for me personally, for our world, for the people that have become fans of the show and even for people who don’t like the show.

“It has affected you in some way and to have that under my belt, to say that the early part and onset of my career, I was able to be a part of something that affected a nation that has awakened people, that has moved people.

“You definitely feel spoiled because now moving forward, I have worked on a character, worked on a show that has had that much of an impact, it’s like you can’t settle for anything less.

“And so, it has definitely changed me and taught me what we do is not just here to entertain you and provide a laugh or a tear but it is here to work on you, it is here to work in you it’s here to serve a larger purpose.

“It’s ‘I see this person in me, I see their struggle in my own life and I see how they’re dealing with it and I am not the only person who is dealing with it.’ So it has definitely been life-changing.”

Orange Is the New Black season 7 premieres on Friday, July, 26 on Netflix

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