Orange Is The New Black (CR: Facebook)

The upcoming Netflix series Orange Is The New Black is based on Piper Kerman’s acclaimed memoir which detailed her 13-month stint in prison.

Kerman’s life is the inspiration for the lead character Piper Chapman in the series, a character played by Taylor Schilling (you may remember her from the Zac Efron flick The Lucky One).

During a recent interview, Schilling said that one of the “great gifts” of the project has been getting to know author Kerman. “She’s gone through such extraordinary situations in her life with grace and a huge amount of courage,” said Schilling. “She’s one of the bravest people I know.”

Click on the media bar to hear Schilling talk about how she respects Piper Kerman on “many levels.”

Orange Is The New Black, which also stars Jason Biggs, premieres on Netflix July 11th.

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