“Orange Is the New Black” is returning to Netflix this June. And according to reports, Season 3 of the Jenji Kohan-created series will be loaded with even more drama -- or at least, that’s what Laura Gómez, who portrays the cell phone-loving Blanca Flores on “OITNB,” told International Business Times..
Not only did the actress dish details about the upcoming season, which is set to stream to Netflix on Friday, but Gómez also revealed what viewers could anticipate from her character in the third installment of the award-winning series.
International Business Times: Every season we learn more and more about Blanca. Is it possible we will learn her backstory in Season 3?
Laura Gómez: All I can say it that we’ll get to see more of Blanca!
IBTimes: That’s good! We’ve seen her develop through the show's progression. Who knew Blanca could be so funny? I was a bit surprise in Season 2 considering she was sort of intimidating in the first installment!
Gómez: Yes, me too!
IBTimes: Will Blanca bring even more to the storyline this season?
Gómez: I think what the show has been known for is that there are always layers being added to all the characters. So I would say there’s always more [to know about the] characters, including Blanca. You have to go on a journey with them. There’s always something interesting. I’m evolving with Blanca.
IBTimes: Vee’s (Lorraine Toussaint) fate is still being theorized following the Season 2 finale. Do you think she’s dead or alive?
Gómez: You know, the funny thing is that the cast, we speculate just as much as the audiences. If anybody knows anything it’s the writers. But if I’m purely speculating, I’ve interpreted that she’s dead. But I have no idea what to expect.
IBTimes: So if Vee is dead and gone, should viewers anticipate a new villain in Season 3?
Gómez: Not a conventional villain, per say, in this season. Vee was clearly an antagonist. I think it’s all about perception and human nature. I think there will be surprises as to relationships that are developed in the prison between some characters. And when I say relationships, I don’t mean romance relationships -- dynamics that occur that might bring some drama.
IBTimes: Speaking of romantic relationships… Season 3 is said to be steamy with the addition of the character Stella (Ruby Rose).
Gómez: Yes. Ruby Rose is incredibly beautiful and talented but her character is so charismatic. It’s really a beautiful addition to Litchfield.
IBTimes: Although Litchfield will be gaining new characters this season, they’ll also be loosing a few. Is there one character you’re going to miss the most?
Gómez: Miss Rosa (Barbara Rosenblat) is a character I think will be greatly missed. I love Barbara, but I think the presence that character had will be greatly missed.
IBTimes: We’ll also be missing Pornstache (Pablo Schreiber) this season!
Gómez: Oh, Pornstache! Well, that’s one of my favorite characters. We do know that Mary Steenburgen is in the show and I’m excited to see that amazing actress playing Pornstache’s mom.
IBTimes: I’m excited to meet the woman who raised Pornstache!
Gómez: Yes, exactly. So even if we might not see him, we’ll see his background and that’s exciting because that character is phenomenal.
IBTimes: When I first heard Mary was cast, I immediately thought her debut would involve the birth of her alleged grandson, which we know is actually Bennett’s (Matt McGorry) baby. Can we expect Litchfield to welcome Daya’s (Dascha Polanco) child this season?
Gómez: I cannot say what the storyline is about. It’s adding a lot of -- ah, it’s going to be exciting. It’s going to bring some interesting storylines to the show.
IBTimes: Is there anything you’re most excited for fans to see this season?
Gómez: I can say that I was incredibly shocked with one specific episode that I read. I was like, we’re really stepping up the game this season. This season won’t disappoint. It will bring more conversation to the table.
IBTimes: Promos have teased a religious theme for Season 3. How will that affect the plot?
Gómez: It’s almost how life in prison works -- it's holding on the that spirituality or whatever holds you together, pretty much. It’s not little, I can say that. It’s just a sense of color in the storyline. It’s not like it’s going to be a spiritual season, like that.
IBTimes: Season 4 was confirmed, which means I’m going to be crossing my fingers that none of my favorite characters get killed off this season.
Gómez: I’m crossing my fingers with you!
IBTimes: Did filming for the fourth installment start already?
Gómez: No, we haven’t started yet. I know that they’re preparing for it. Maybe starting soon -- towards the summer.
IBTimes: What’s the energy like on set?
Gómez: It’s very good. We’ve grown together with the show. There’s a real big sense of community and comradery among us. In general there’s a very good sense of professionalism.
Netflix will begin streaming "Orange Is the New Black" Season 3 Friday at 3 a.m. EST.