"Orange Is The New Black" shows what it's really like behind bars

Los Angeles, Sep 7 (EFE).- Elizabeth Rodriguez and Dascha Polanco, mother and daughter in the story, are part of a large Latino cast in the TV series "Orange Is The New Black," one of the biggest hits to date on Netflix and which, according to the actresses, truly mirrors the reality of American prisons.

Created by Jenji Kohan (of the "Weeds" series) and based on the memoirs of Piper Kerman, this is a prison drama with touches of comedy starring Taylor Schilling in the role of a woman from Brooklyn who ends up behind bars because of her relationship with a drug trafficker.

There she bonds with a group of inmates - each as eccentric as the next - whose personal experiences have a notable influence on their time in jail.

Two of them are played by Rodriguez and Polanco.

Rodriguez plays Aleida Diaz, a woman who cut and stored drugs in her kitchen under orders of her partner, while Polanco plays Daya Diaz, a young girl having an affair with one of the prison guards.

"What has happened with this series is incredible," Rodriguez told Efe. "Here we're talking about women we don't usually know, but who exist. This is not a Hollywood invention like so many series and movies. It reflects a reality," she said.

Polanco says she still has to pinch herself sometimes to remind herself that this is all real. "Sometimes I ask myself what's happening. It's like a tsunami that comes on suddenly. We're very grateful, happy and proud about the love we've received," she said.

The series premiered July 11 on Netflix, with the first 13 episodes available to watch instantly. The second season is currently in production and is scheduled to debut next year.

The success of these actresses is echoed on the big screen. Polanco has the upcoming premiere of "Gimme Shelter," while Rodriguez has "Animal Rescue" lined up with Tom Hardy and James Gandolfini, in what was his last film before his death.