Love her or hate her, Orange is the New Black’s Brook Soso, played by Kimiko Glenn, is certainly one of the show's spunkiest inmates. Here, she opens about her connection to Boston, showing skin on camera, and more.
You went to school in Boston.
KIMIKO GLENN: I went to Boston Conservatory for musical theater for a year. [But I left when I was cast] in Spring Awakening. During the tour, though, I passed through Boston, and I got to see a lot of my college mates, so that was a lot of fun.
How did you first get into acting?
KG: I just did it without knowing I was doing it. I was an entertain-y kind of kid. Entertain-y. I don't think that's a word. It's not a word. [laughs] My parents got me this Celine Dion album when I was five, so I became obsessed with it. I learned all the songs, and I knew all the riffs. I did it in her accent. I would sing along really loudly and just be entertaining…. I would just do a lot of silly things, so my parents saw an article in a newspaper for a local theater and asked me if I wanted to do it, and I said ‘Yeah!’ I auditioned, and I did Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. That was my first thing.
You were a fan of Orange is the New Black even before you got cast for season two. Was it strange to be on set at first?
KG: A little bit. I didn't really know what to expect, but it was interesting seeing all the characters out of costume, seeing [everyone] without the makeup. That was really funny. [At first], to see them in real life was kind of a trip, but now it's nothing. It's funny now to see them actually on screen, because I've been spending so much time with them in real life.
You had to do a few nude scenes. Were you nervous?
KG: I had done nudity before, but not on screen. I’d done it in theater, and it was full back. Nudity's not exactly something I'm super self-conscious about, I don't mind that so much. It’s more the sex stuff that I was a little bit nervous about. I knew going in that I would have to do nudity at some point because it had said that in the breakdown when I auditioned. At the same time, that was more of a caution because they actually didn't make me do anything I didn't want to. It was a discussion, I talked to the producer. We were in discussion beforehand, and on the day when we blocked it out, she said, ‘Okay, what articles of clothing do you want on or off? What can we do, what can't we do? What are you comfortable with?’ It ended up me being completely naked. I thought, ‘Whatever!’ It wasn't huge.
We don’t know a lot about Soso’s background, do you have theories?
KG: I did start to make up things at the beginning of the whole process, but it turned out to be completely futile. As I would get the scripts every week, it would become more and more clear that I was way off. The writers are super unpredictable, and they're never going to do anything that you think would happen or go in an obvious direction, so I gave up making up my own stories. I honestly have no idea still.
Any spoilers for the new season?
KG: Nope! [laughs]. I’m in it! I’m in the show.
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