Magazine article Variety

Danielle Brooks

Magazine article Variety

Danielle Brooks

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'I Want to Challenge Myself.'

"RUNNING AROUND" is how Danielle Brooks, star of "Orange Is the New Black," describes her life at the moment. It's understandable: Not only is she in mid-production for season six of Netflix's hit show, but she's also doing ADR for another show she's working on, planning the launch of her clothing line and modeling as well.

Why did you decide to get into designing?

It just made sense. For the longest time, I've been preaching about brands and designers designing for plus size. And I just got fed up and tired of trying to convince somebody I'm worthy of wearing clothes that I think are hot. Why don't I just design my own stuff? I just wanted to be active about it and not wait for someone to get with the program.

Last season of "Orange"ended on such a cliffhanger. How does this season of "Orange" compare?

This season is different for sure. Coming off last season's finale, there's no up from there. There's nowhere you can go that's a positive. So you're definitely going to see all of the girls trying to figure out how to get out of this rabbit hole they've created. Who is loyal to whom? Who is standing alone? Who is motivated by their own personal will to get out of prison? Who lies and who tells the truth? All of that stuff will come out this season.

Last season was such a showcase for your role as Taystee. How is she doing now?

Last season was just a joy to sink my teeth into some really great material. This season I don't know where it's going to go. …

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