New Netflix Series Finds Humor, Drama Inside Women's Prison

Actress Taylor Schilling joins the inspiration of "Orange Is the New Black," Piper Kerman, on "GMA."
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Hi, everybody. I'm excited about this next one. We call it the "heat index" for a reason and there's nothing hotter than this show on tv right now. Actually the studio. Except this studio. This is "orange is the new black." If you haven't heard bit, check it out. A mix of drama and comedy and takes place in a woman's prison and dan harris went behind bars with the woman who is the star and find out more. Check it out. What did you do? Aren't you not supposed to ask that question. I read that you're not supposed to ask that. You read that? Well, you didn't study for prison. Reporter: "Orange is the new black" is the much buzzed about new show on netflix about a college educated woman who lands in prison. We sat down with the star, taylor shilling and the real-life former inmate she portrays, hyper kermit. Both women go to great lengths to say that even though the hoe is based on piper kerman's memoir also called "orange is the new black," the hoe is a fictionalized version. I carried a suitcase of money, drug money once ten years ago. That said, the similarities are many. When I was in my very early 20s, FRESH OUT OF COLLEGE, I Carried a bag full of drug money from chicago to brussels. I find, you know, the idea that there's something you did sort of in your youth and that what is that kind of comes back and you're in this situation. I find it to be absolutely terrifying. Reporter: She served 13 months for her crime and many are ripped right directly from the pages of her book and splashed on to the screen. This food here. Actually the first scene that I ever watched taylor shoot is closely drawn from reality and it's that one where she insults red. Did I mention red runs the kitchen. You were sitting at a table like this and said the food was disgusting and the chef was right nearby. Yeah, she really, really was deeply offended. Reporter: They gave me a tour of the set in new york city and wearing an inmate badge. First time you walked in here. My stomach sank. Did a really good job. Look at the cruddiness of the ceilings. It looks good. One is to clean and they'll give us cleaning products s pure elbow grease. Reporter: They're proud it portrays them as three-dimensional and sympathe sympathetic. Do you think for your crime it's appropriate. For a nonviolent drug offense it would be much better to person the hold then accountable in the community in a way that makes some sort of positive contribution back to the community. A funny show with an often serious message. For "good morning america," dan harris, abc, new york.

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