Danielle Brooks was the breakout star of Season 1 of the NetFlix Original Series “Orange is the New Black,” as Taystee and she is also guest starring on the first episode of Season 3 of HBO’s “Girls.” We caught up with her on the red carpet for the show’s premiere on Monday, Jan. 6. Check out what she had to say!
Tell us about your role on Season 3 of “Girls”?
Danielle Brooks: I’m really excited, I play a character named Laura, she’s very introverted and very shy. I think she’s really trying to figure out her innocence and she’s trying to figure out her sexuality. So it was a lot of fun. She is very different from Taystee on “Orange is the New Black,” whose very bold and courageous so it was cool to show range.
Tell us about collaborating with Lena Dunham?
Danielle Brooks: Oh she’s amazing she made me feel very very comfortable lena is a wonderful director and I am so honored that I got a chance to work with her.
“Orange is the New Black” has been a massive hit. Can you reflect on that?
Danielle Brooks: It’s been really cool to be on “Orange.” I am very thankful to be working with such a great show runner Jenji Kohan and such amazing women that are so generous with their talent and their spirit, so I had a great time on “Orange” Season 1 and Season 2, I’m really excited for everyone to see it.
What do you love about playing Taystee?
Danielle Brooks: I love that she is bold and that she has an open heart.
We also spoke with Danielle’s “OITNB” co star Alysia Reiner at the premiere, “Boardwalk Empire” star Margot B, “Veep” star Anna Chlumsky and more!
The extravagant premiere was held at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater and Allen Room. From the show: Lena Dunham (Creator, Executive Producer and Star), Executive Producers Judd Apatow, Jenni Konner & Ilene S. Landress; cast Jemima Kirke, Zosia Mamet, Allison Williams, Alex Karpovsky, Andrew Rannells; plus guest stars Bob Balaban, Kim Gordon, Gaby Hoffman, Louise Lasser, Colin Quinn, Jennifer Westfeldt, Debra Monk, Amy Schumer, Danny Strong, Shiri Appleby, Becky Ann Baker, Danielle Brooks, Jenna Lyons; HBO Chief Executive Richard Plepler, and Michael Lombardo (President, HBO Programming) were all in attendance.
Other attendees included Anna Wintour, Seth Meyers, Arianna Huffington, Brian Williams, Steve Buscemi, Tyra Banks, Spike Jonze, Joel McHale, Kellan Lutz, Lorraine Bracco, Karlie Kloss, Tina Brown, Parker Posey, Jill Hennessy, Paul Haggis, Questlove, Bill Hader, Vanessa Bayer (SNL), Anson Mount, Maura Tierney, Anna Chlumsky, Max Greenfield (New Girl), Josh Hamilton, Cristin Milioti (Wolf of Wall Street), Carol Kane, Natasha Lyonne, Alysia Reiner (Orange is the New Black) & David Alan Basche, Lisa Lampanelli, Janeane Garofalo, Billy Magnussen, Ben Rappaport (The Good Wife), Margot Bingham (Boardwalk Empire), Larry Gilliard Jr (Walking Dead), Ben Shenkman, Stephen Baldwin, Stephanie March, Michael Cunningham, John Oliver (The Daily Show), Tristan Wilds (The Wire), Isiah Whitlock Jr (The Wire), Michael Potts (True Detective), Jay McInerney, Joanna Coles, Hilary Rhoda, Zac Posen, Karen Elson, Cynthia Rowley, Amy Astley, Bee Shaffer, Lauren Bush Lauren, Erin Fetherston & Gabe Saporta (Cobra Starship), Montego Glover, Stella Schnabel, Lydia Hearst, Nicole Miller, Christian Siriano, Julie Henderson, Katie Lee, Beth Stern, Jesse Peretz & Sarah Sophie Flicker, Louisa Krause, Emily Bergl, Rosanna Scotto & Greg Kelly (Good Day New York), Alina Cho, John Demsey, Cindy Sherman, Sally Singer, June Ambrose, Ira Glass, Zadie Smith, Peter Cincotti, Karen O (Yeah Yeah Yeahs), Antony Hegarty, Steve Higgins (Late Night with Jimmy Fallon), Nicky Hilton, Jason Dundas (VH1), Will Cotton, Garrett Neff, Alex Lundqvist, Daniel Benedict, Stacey Bendet Eisner, Nanette Lepore, Max Osterweis, Tristine Skyler, Genevieve Jones, Fern Mallis, Chris Benz, and Cinema Society Founder Andrew Saffir.
After viewing three episodes of the show, it was time to party! DJ Hesta Prynn was on the turntables and guests enjoyed a delicious dinner. We loved that the servers rocked flannel tops. They looked very hipster. Other highlights from the party included a life sized replica of the G Train stationed in the middle of the venue. The first hundred people to “ride the train,” received a projecteo. Guests were also served candy from the newsstand. There were also tea leaf readings on the other side of the room, manicures and a make up touch up station. Guests left with a “Girls” tote packed with life’s essentials like chocolate, nail polish and pantyhose (to name a few).
Your favorite girls return to HBO on January 12.