Orange Is the New Black Actress Beth Dover Talks Season 6

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Yes, Beth Dover loves 'Wet Hot American Summer' as much as you do. The talented actress sits down and talks motherhood, collaborating with her husband, and the newest season of 'Orange is the New Black.'

You've heard of actress, Beth Dover. 

She's been in everything. The hilarious Wet Hot American Summer revival on Netflix, Nickelodeon's Kenan & Kel, and parody series, Burning Love, to name a few

This year, she's reprising her role as Linda, the administrative stickler, on season six of Orange is the New Black, available on Netflix July 27th. 

Apart from the many on-screen characters she's played, Beth takes on a slew of other roles off-screen—actress, mom, collaborator, activist

Speaking with her on the phone was a tease. What I really wanted was a piece of the action—to sit, stare, gawk at this funny lady in person. Luckily for me, and all her fans, she's not slowing down anytime soon.

Keep reading to discover all Beth has lined up for the rest of the year and a sneak peek of what you can expect when OITNB returns this month!

Women.com: First and foremost, we have to talk about Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later on Netflix.

Beth Dover: I am giant fan of Wet Hot American Summer and the fact that I got to be on the TV show version of it, is a dream come true, not a joke. I used to watch that movie over and over again before I met my husband, and then when I met him I was like, 'that’s the guy from Wet Hot.'

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WDC: You’ve had a successful comedic career, how was the transition into OITNB (a darker comedy) different for you?

BD: It’s awesome, but ultimately, I’m an actor. People see me as a comedic actor exclusively and Linda’s a villain, but she’s a comedic element to the show. I love doing drama, I would totally do more drama, I just never get the chance, so this is a great role to have so I get to do both.

WDC: Do you prefer working with newer production companies and the new studios like Netflix? Generally speaking, they seem to approach inclusion in a creative way.

BD: I do think the networks are getting hip to that too because of all the success Netflix has had with being inclusive and open to other stories. I think that model will be popular with the networks soon as well. But yes, it’s awesome [working with Netflix]. Jenji Kohan is such a genius and they let her do what she does which is awesome television. We get to tell stories in the way that we want to and it’s phenomenal to be part of a show like that. 

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WDC: What are you most excited for audiences to see in this new season?

BD: This season is interesting, because it picks up one week after all of the inmates get on busses. You’re going to see more of a maximum-security prison situation happening. You’re going to see the power dynamics in that and you’ll see the fallout from Linda, and there're going to be some new characters. I think it’s going to be one of the better seasons and I don’t think the fans will be disappointed at all.

WDC: They shoot the show in New York, did you have to move your family for filming?

BD: I have a two-year-old, so when Eli was first born I did move to New York for six months because I was breastfeeding and couldn’t be away from him for more than a few hours. Last season he was old enough, so I was able to pop over to New York for a couple days every few weeks, so that’s what I do now. We have grandparents who moved to Los Angeles to be near him, so it’s really great to have that help.

WDC: Since you are a new mother, do you feel that the industry is changing to support working moms?

BD: Orange [is the new Black] is great for that. I was afraid, when I was first got pregnant, that it would really affect my career in a negative way but honestly, I’ve never worked more in my life. So, for me, I’ve been really lucky, and I know that’s not the case for everybody. My personal fears were unfounded, I’ve never worked more, and I’ve never felt more supported on a set, in terms of all that. Not just OITNB, but my other show, Another Period on Comedy Central, they wrote my pregnancy into the season. They were just the coolest, everyone has been just amazing, and I am really grateful for that.

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Husband

WDC: Is there anything on the horizon that you’re excited about? Any collaborations you'd like to see happen?

BD: My husband [Joe Lo Truglio] has written a horror film that we're going to produce and I’m going to star in, we’re aiming to do that next spring. I’m beyond excited to work with him. He wrote it and he’s going to direct it. That’s going to be a really awesome collaboration. 

 WDC: Do you enjoy working together? Is that an ideal working partnership?

BD: As actors we work together so well. We’ve worked together on a few different things—Burning Love, Wet Hot American Summer. I did an episode of Brooklyn 99. We’ve written some stuff we did together, a little thing called ‘Pillow Talk’ which never came out. I think we’re really great as actors together, I love working together with Joe. It’s more challenging to write with him. Writing makes me narcoleptic. I always fall asleep, so I need to work on that. But I would definitely like to write and make my own material as well.

WDC: If you could be on any other Netflix show, what would it be?

BD: I’d keep in the Jenji Kohan family and say Glow. Alison Brie is a friend of mind, Rebekka and Kimmy are amazing. More awesome, powerful women.

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Catch season 6 of Orange is the New Black on Netflix, July 27th. Catch Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later on Netflix, too!

Watch Comedy Central's Another Period here.

And don't forget to follow Beth Dover here, and here.

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