Orange Is the New Black’s Yael Stone on Binge-Watching, Podcasts and That Accent

Also, her favorite shows and social follows


Name Yael Stone

Age 30

Accomplishments Stars as Lorna Morello on Orange Is the New Black (Season 3 streaming Friday on Netflix)

Base New York

Twitter @YaelStone

Adweek: What's the first information you consume in the morning?

Stone: I actually had a resolution this year that I was going to reach for my phone less, and I haven't done that. [Laughs] The first thing I do is check for news from home. I'm Australian, so my family is awake when I'm asleep, and I tend to get some lovely, sweet messages from them. When my dad's in a sentimental mood, he'll go through and scan old photos and send them to me.

Tell us about your social media habits.

I'm on Twitter and Instagram. I really resisted at first, but I was convinced by somebody who works for Netflix that it was an important way to be able to interact with people who love the show. And when I thought about it, I realized, "Well, without the people who watch the show, there is no show." It is a really nice way to be able to connect with people.

Everyone in the OITNB cast seems really supportive of one another on social media, too.

Actually, you saying that just reminded me that I have to post the Essence and the Rolling Stone covers [which recently featured fellow actresses from the show], both of which are just so ridiculously hot that I can't really even believe it. But it's true, all of us are so supportive of each other. I love everyone's presence online. Like Dascha [Polanco], for example, has such a great way of being herself [on social media]. Her hashtags are so funny. I'm just like, "How the fuck did she come up with that?" [Laughs]

Who do you follow, other than your cast mates?

The Fat Jew always makes me laugh a lot. There are some pretty incredible yoga folks that I follow, as well, because it fills me with joy to see people twist themselves into amazing pretzels. Yancy Scot Schwartz, who is actually a friend of mine from New York, is amazing. He kind of combines yoga, skating and philosophy. And he also has a big interest in aliens. Yeah, he's pretty awesome.

What's your favorite app?

Do podcast apps count? I love podcasts! The first one that I like to listen to, which I guess is sort of unusual, is Dan Carlin's Hardcore History. He's this awesome guy who doesn't like to be described as a historian—but let's be honest, he's a historian—and he talks you through major events and narrates them in this incredibly impassioned way. I just find it totally and utterly compelling. The podcast I look forward to the most every week is Dan Savage's Lovecast. My other favorite is On the Media. Of course there's also This American Life, and I like their newest one, Death, Sex & Money.

What do you watch on TV?

I have to be honest with you, my husband and I don't have a TV. We just stream things. At the moment, I'm on a Sopranos thing. I was a bit late to that, and we've spent the last few months catching up. It's just so good. I also love House of Cards. In my guilty moments, I will stream Ren & Stimpy. Oh, and I really like Louie. I came to that a little late, too, so I would watch episodes back to back and ultimately felt like I totally knew Louis C.K., even though I absolutely don't. When I was at the Emmys, he kind of wandered past, and I was like, "Oh, there's my really good friend Louis C.K." [Laughs.] He's not my friend! I don't know him at all!

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