By now, we all know Netflix series Orange is the New Black is a fictionalized version of Piper Kerman’s life as a drug mule-turned-inmate. But how fictionalized is it?
Vanity Fair spoke with Catherine Cleary Wolters, the woman Alex Vause (played by Laura Prepon) is based on, and found out just how close she and Kerman were. And, sorry to break it to you, Alex-Piper shippers, but what really happened isn’t as romantic as the show makes it out to be: Wolters told Vanity Fair that the actual story is “so wretched and stinky, it would quite possibly result in a collapsed universe.” Harsh.
So we took a look at what Wolters had to say about her relationship — or lack of one, according to her – with Kerman and how it matches up with the show. See Wolters’ take on the events, and then thank Black creator Jenji Kohan for taking her liberties with the material. No one wants a collapsed universe, now do we?