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'Orange Is The New Black' star Kate Mulgrew on the 'feisty' spirit of Red




Kate Mulgrew as 'Red'
Kate Mulgrew as 'Red'
Kate Mulgrew as 'Red'
Selenis Leyva (L) and Kate Mulgrew (R) in a scene from Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black” Season 2.
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Kate Mulgrew as 'Red'
Kate Mulgrew (L) and Lorraine Toussaint (R) in a scene from Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black” Season 2.
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Kate Mulgrew as 'Red'
Natasha Lyonne (L) and Kate Mulgrew (R) in a scene from Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black” Season 2.
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The second season of Orange is the New Black kicks off on Netflix on June 6. The wildly popular show is based on Piper Kerman's memoir of the time she spent in federal prison on drug related charges. 

When it first came out in 2013, few guessed that a show set in a drab prison would become such a critical hit, but indeed it has. "Orange is the New Black" became Netflix's most watched original series, beating out both "Arrested Development" and "House of Cards."

As one critic wrote, "there is an abiding feeling for character that helps elevate 'Orange Is the New Black' to a new definition of television excellence."

Kate Mulgrew, who plays a feisty Russian inmate named "Red," plays a big part in achieving that feeling of character. She joins Take Two to talk about how she connects with "Red" and what we can expect for her in the new season.

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