EXCLUSIVE: Dascha Polanco Talks About Her Role on Netflix’s ‘Orange is the New Black’

How perfect! What’s next for you?

Gimme Shelter is coming out, and I’m just working. I’m definitely working on a few things I’m interested in – there’s a fashion thing in the works and a few music things. But I don’t like to talk about the projects until they’re completed. I want it to be like ‘Boom!’

What are you feeling now that it seems some doors have started opening – with hopefully more to come?

I’m very proud to be representing Latinas and women of color, young mothers and full-figured women. I just love that we’re seeing different types of people on screen. It’s so exciting. I just want people to not be held back like me in the beginning. Really, I want them to realize that everything and anything is possible with dedication. Keep on believing, keep on going. 

Watch season 1 of Orange is the New Black now on Netflix.