“It’s so weird,” Schilling tells PEOPLE exclusively. “It’s so out of thin air.”
The actress says she’s currently not in a relationship, but “if I was in a relationship I was happy with, I’d love to talk about it. But I don’t like to date. It takes a lot for me to be into somebody. By default I’m a monogamist. I want a partner in crime.”
As for reports last year that linked Schilling to Portlandia star Carrie Brownstein, the actress demurs, but says “I have absolutely nothing to hide.”
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[IMAGE “2” “” “std” ]For now, the New York City-based star is focused on her work – and is thrilled that fans love the show.
“It’s an astonishing experience,” says Schilling of Orange‘s critical success. “There’s a baked-in level of fear and insecurity I have about wanting to be liked, wanting my work to be liked. Now, I feel like Sally Field accepting that Oscar. People like me! It’s a concrete validation that I’m on the right path.”
Orange Is the New Black premieres Friday on Netflix.