How OITNB's Dascha Polanco Went From Nursing to TV Star

If you’ve already binge watched the entire second season of “Orange Is the New Black,” don’t worry…Fusion Live has your Orange fix. Our Pedro Andrade caught up with Dascha Polanco at Bake House in NYC to talk all about how the actress got her start.

Dascha was still an nursing student working at a hospital when she was cast as Daya Diaz, the pregnant inmate on the hit Netflix show.

Dascha cites insecurities as the reason she did not pursue acting earlier in life.

“My parents supported me but at the same time their focus was go to school and then people you know, in family and friends they start giving you advice. That’s not what you want to do. You want to be a lawyer, you want to be a doctor, you want to go to school for things that you can make money….not as a singer, not as an actress. And you have to lose weight. You’re not super thin.”

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Being cast in “OITNB” was the role of a lifetime for Dascha.

“When I read for her she made me read the scene for her and she told me something that nobody had ever told me before and it was ‘I have to get you in this show now matter what because I like your energy…something about you.”

Dascha also spilled on what she’s learned from the amazing cast of women on the show.

“We are all self-made and you are never too experienced to keep on learning,” she said of the cast. “Me watching Natasha Lyonne, Kate Mulgrew, I saw you guys and now I’m sitting here having dinner with you. And for you to admire someone in that position and for them to keep that humility, it’s something I will forever cherish.”

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