While season 3 stacks up Team Alex and Team Stella, the show's inspiration roots for another team entirely
When it comes to Piper Chapman’s love life, her real-world inspiration Piper Kerman has a match in mind.
“I am really hoping that Piper and Big Boo get together,” Kerman – who wrote the memoir that inspired the Netflix hit Orange Is the New Black – told PEOPLE at OrangeCon in New York City on Thursday.
“I am a huge Lea DeLaria fan,” Kerman explained, adding with a laugh: “I think that would be hot!”
While there’s no telling if her dream will come true, romance isn’t the only aspect of the show that excites her.
“What you do see in season 3 that makes me so happy is a really deep investigation into motherhood,” Kerman, who is a consultant on the show, told PEOPLE. “Most of the women in prison are mothers, and the relationships between mothers and children are an incredibly important part of female incarceration.”
Kerman, 45, said fans will being seeing a lot of Piper and Alex (Laura Prepon) this season, means there be “less of my life because the Piper and Alex storyline is completely different than my real life.”
While she can’t really relate to Chapman anymore, she still finds the show wildly entertaining. “Jenji [Kohan, the creator,] is taking the show in so many interesting directions and I watch with great curiosity,” she told PEOPLE.
She even has a few favorite characters. “I am so impressed by Natasha Lyonne‘s depiction of Nicky – she just brings so much soul to it,” Kerman said. “And I am ecstatic about the way Laverne Cox inhabits that incredible character of Sophia. Of course there was a transgender woman in prison with me that is depicted in the book. So that is a fascinating example of how the adaptation process works, which is so interesting and important.”
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Orange Is the New Black season 3 is streaming now on Netflix.