The fourth season of "Orange is the New Black" dropped on Netflix last Friday, and it wouldn't be totally out of line for us to assume you may have rabidly consumed all 13 episodes already. If you have (and are already scouring the web for Season 5 spoilers), we tapped actress Kimiko Glenn who plays tree-hugging incessant babbler Brook Soso to fill us in on her vital role in that shocking finale.
Actually, just kidding!
"I don't even want to allude to it!" she says. "No one knew until we read through [the script], and I thought, 'This is not real.'"
But what is real is the life Glenn gives to Soso in Season 4. Since her character's Season 2 introduction, fans had only known her to be the half-Asian hippie who once lived in a condemned tree (and was subsequently arrested) and now lives in Litchfield, where she has yet to find her own group of friends in the racially divided prison.
Following a failed suicide attempt at the end of Season 3, we kick off the fourth with Soso's burgeoning friendship/romance with fellow inmate, Poussey (Samira Wiley).
Glenn weighs in on her character’s Season 4 arch, sharing scenes with the sensational Wiley and her new role in Broadway's "Waitress."
*Warning: This interview includes spoilers from Season 4.*
What is it like for you as an actress knowing that the day after your new season drops people could have already binge watched it?
Well it’s crazy because it’s been less of an explosion this year than other times. I think because it’s on the fourth season, the diehards are still binging but a lot of people are enjoying it one episode at the time. In the past, it’s been like a gunshot, where everyone’s seen the show the next day and asking about the new season already. It’s been slow and steady this time. It’s nice.
We finally get a Soso backstory episode this season. Were you excited when you found out?
I was curious to know more about the character, and any time you get more material for a character, it’s exciting because it’s another clue to who they are. With television, the possibilities are endless, and then there’s the fact that we don’t know specifically what she’s done [to go to jail] yet, that's exciting, too.
How much did you know about Soso’s background when you first got cast?
As much as everyone else did. It was a quick process when they cast me because I auditioned in the morning and by noon the next day they said I had to be on set at 6 a.m. that next morning. It was Season 2, and some of the other women had visited prisons and stuff like that, but I didn’t have the luxury of time. It ended up informing my character because I was thrust into this experience and totally unsure about what to expect.
You definitely don’t get the impression that she's headed for prison from her backstory episode.
No, I was surprised I got cast. I’m so scrawny and not intimating at all, but I think they wanted that energy and mystery of “Who is this girl and what has she done?”