It's official, the best cast on TV award should belong to Orange Is the New Black. Natasha Lyonne's OITNB family surprised her for her birthday, and the video she posted on Twitter is so heartwarming it will make you wish you could hang out with the actors who bring the Litchfield Penitentiary inmates to life every day. Lyonne's co-stars Laura Prepon, Danielle Brooks, and Uzo Aduba shocked their friend with a cake and a rousing rendition of "Happy Birthday" while she was getting her hair and makeup done on the Season 5 set. The best part? It wasn't even her birthday yet.
That's how you know you have the best friends — when they throw you an impromptu party before your b-day, so you won't know it's coming. Aduba presented Lyonne with the cake, while Prepon had her blow out a lighter (a candle stand-in), and then Brooks channeled her inner Taystee with a happy chant of, "It's her birthday! It's her birthday!"
Lyonne's reaction is beautiful. Her pals caught her off-guard, but the surprise was definitely a welcome one. She looks downright giddy when she realizes the cake is for her. The actor shared the video with a special caption that reads,
Their friendship is too precious for this world, you guys.
It's nice to see the cast takes every opportunity to find joy on the set. Season 4 of OITNB ended on a crazy cliffhanger after the heartbreaking death of Poussey. Season 5 has the potential to be the series' most intense year yet, especially if it takes place over the course of just three days, as Brooks revealed at the SAG Awards.
With so many heavy storylines happening onscreen, it's reassuring to know that these actors have nothing but love and admiration for each other. Lyonne's video is a reminder that no matter what goes down onscreen, these women always have each other's backs. Even better, they give each other cake.
Here's hoping this amazing and talented cast never stop sharing their support of each other with the world. Their friendships and incredible characters make Litchfield a place fans want to return to each year. There's just no denying it, the women of Litchfield are the actual best, onscreen and off.