She worked on TVs biggest hits then revolutionised the way we all consume it with Orange Is the New Black. Jenji Kohan talks binge-watching, Love Island … and giving Joey VD
Deep into the new and final season of Orange Is the New Black, the groundbreaking Netflix show about life in a womens prison, a character slumps in front of her TV, engrossed in Love Island. I got obsessed with it, explains Jenji Kohan, the woman who has been at the helm of OITNB for the last six years. A friend who is British introduced it to my life last year, and I got unhealthily involved. And so she wrote it into her series, giving her obsession to one of the characters, where it appears in the background like a branded water bottle.
Kohan does very few interviews I chose to be a writer for a reason. I dont particularly want to be in front of the camera, so to speak but she is funny, dry-witted and very frank. So much so that she ends our conversation with a wistful: I hope I didnt say stupid things that will bite me in the ass later.