'OITNB' Star Adrienne C. Moore Spills on the Cast's Emmy Noms Party & You'll Be Very, Very Jealous
Picture this: it is midday on a Thursday, and you are enjoying a drink at a bar in New York City. Suddenly, out of nowhere, a massive group of women comes barreling through the doors, shouting something about "oranges" and "Emmy nominations" and "Laverne." So what do you do? Well, if you have any sense, you join the party — and that's exactly what some lucky people got to do when the cast of Orange is the New Black decided to celebrate their 12 Emmy nods in the most public of places.
"There’s this little bar in the neighborhood that we go to often when we’re filming," says Adrienne C. Moore, who plays Black Cindy on the Netflix show, recalling the day. "And we just wanted to continue the party, so we all hung out there."
And if the entire cast of a hit TV show partying at a bar attracted a few stares? All worth it, says Moore — and, in fact, it actually made the celebration more fun.
"When we hang out in groups, we're definitely gonna attract a crowd," she says, "but it was a day to celebrate. So we were celebrating with everybody!"
Which also meant shouting "Hey! We got 12 nominations!" at anyone who passed them on the street. And, of course, toasting with champagne ("For those that wanted it." So everybody? "Oh, yeah") and posing with — what else? — oranges.
To Moore, the show's many nominations — the most for a comedy series this year — is a huge testament to the quality of the series, as well as a celebration of the work of its ensemble.
"I’m so happy for my castmates and just the show," Moore says. "I’m speechless, honestly. I don’t even know how to capture the joy and the shock and the happiness and all that kind of stuff that goes along with this because it’s what a lot of artists would dream of, to be a part of something so groundbreaking."
As apt a word to describe Orange as there is; in addition to the incredible ethnic and racial diversity of the show's cast, one of its actors, Laverne Cox, became the first out transgender person to ever be nominated for an Emmy.
"She took [the nomination] with great poise and great humility and, you know, we’re celebrating with our sister," Moore says, adding, "I couldn't imagine it for a better person."
Orange is the New Black received 12 Emmy nominations, including Best Comedy Series, Lead Comedy Actress for Taylor Schilling, Supporting Comedy Actress for Kate Mulgrew, and Guest Comedy Actress nods for Natasha Lyonne, Laverne Cox, and Uzo Aduba. The winners will be announced on August 25.