WARNING: Contains explicit language
Though her character doesn’t necessarily have as much, well, character as Crazy Eyes, Taystee or Red, without Taylor Schilling‘s Piper Chapman, there wouldn’t be an Orange Is the New Black. That’s why she’s up for outstanding lead actress in a comedy.
Often the steady shoulder to cry on for the emotionally damaged inmates around her, Chapman is at her best and most interesting when she has a moment of weakness (see: the incredibly disturbing final scene of season 1). And there were plenty of those in season 2, whether she was (spoilers) breaking down on an airplane, going crazy in a cell after her ex-girlfriend betrayed her (above) or scheming to get back at her ex-fiancé and ex-best friend.
She’s officially gone from good girl on the outside to somewhat unpredictable insider this season, and the transformation was definitely fun to watch.
The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards air Monday on NBC at 8 p.m. ET