Every Time an Orange Is the New Black Actor Was on Law & Order

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July 1 2014 12:06 PM

Every Time an Orange Is the New Black Actor Was on Law & Order

Lorraine Toussaint as Yvonne "Vee" Parker in Orange Is the New Black, season 2.
Lorraine Toussaint as Yvonne "Vee" Parker in Orange Is the New Black, season 2.

Photo courtesy Netflix

If you’re a fan of both Orange Is the New Black and Law & Order, you may have noticed that nearly every major character on the former is played by an actor who has appeared, at least once, on the latter—or one of its spinoffs. This has been noted multiple times, but we wanted to see what, exactly, our beloved OITNB thespians did on L & O, SVU, and L & O: CI. Hence the video below.

And there’s a lesson in this: A lot of actors consigned to supporting parts on big TV series—many of them women, many of them people of color—can carry a show if given the chance.

Olivia Merrion is an editor who lives in the Washington, D.C. area.