Orange Is The New Black’s Yael Stone

You may have already finished the new season of Orange is the New Black, or you may just be starting it. Either way, you’re most likely obsessed with actress Yael Stone (aka Morello), now starring in her third season of the Netflix phenomenon. We caught up with the actress on all things food, fashion and beauty…


From start to finish, what would be your ideal food day? 

Ridiculously well made coffee. No one in New York can do better than my husband on our stove. Bialetti and Bellman combo, on repeat. Then, an incredible smoothie with lots of magical additions to help me feel like I’m a witch making a potion. Next, a tumbling array of all things fresh and green with a zesty lip smacking dressing, followed by explosive, creamy Burrata with basil, salt and pepper, drowning in olive oil. Dinner has a heavy Middle Eastern influence – anything vegetarian that Ottolenghi ever thought about making. For dessert, some kind of light, honey-drenched, semolina cake with orange rind and homemade ice cream with real vanilla. I’m actually salivating as I think about all this.

What’s been your most memorable moment on the set of Orange Is The New Black so far? 

There are so many moments on set because there is so much good work going on. My favorite thing to do is wrangle a headset and camp out at video village and watch. I learn so much from taking in the full orchestra of set, which is of course not just the work of the actors but also that of the camera department, lighting, makeup, hair, sound, the resident writer, the current director and everyone else coming together to make the impossible not just exist, but make space for rare moments of magic.

What most surprised you about this season? 

The masterful way so many story lines can intertwine and breathe together.

What are some great secrets about your cast members we wouldn’t expect? 

That we are all actually played by Eddie Murphy.

Biggest surprise in playing your character so far…

That Eddie Murphy had such an amazing handle on the pain of loneliness and unrequited love when he seems to have been so universally adored.

*Read our interview with Orange is the New Black’s Kate Mulgrew here

You have a garden; what do you love to cook from it?

Here’s what we’ve got going at the moment: Basil, thyme, oregano, cilantro, tarragon, parsley, rosemary, sage, chives, tomatoes, kale, leeks, broccoli and strawberries. We love cooking from Plenty More and Jerusalem so all herbs and vegetables come in handy. Yesterday we washed some strawberries, mashed them with a fork and tipped fresh cream on them just like my Grandmother used to do. They were still warm from the sun.

What are your morning and nightly beauty routines?

I use Body Shop products to clean and moisturize because I feel confident that they’re not tested on animals and they don’t irritate my crazy sensitive skin.

How do you practice beauty from the inside out?

Yoga, swimming whenever I get a chance, and smiling to exercise the important face muscles. I find that the food my body is craving is often what my body needs. I try not to get too worked up about food; I’ve found anxiety breeds anxiety.

*Read our interview with Orange is the New Black’s Uzo Aduba here

What are your favorite cities for food? Where do you go in each?

Bianca on Bleeker is so good. It’s fresh and delicious, the price is right, and George at the door is from the top shelf. I love Bar Lourinha in Melbourne, and my Mum and Dad’s happy place The Crabbe Hole at Icebergs in Bondi, Sydney.

In the same vein as ‘what is the new black’ in fashion, what’s the new potato right now?

Sustainable practices, paying a living wage, not endangering workers and all the while making beautiful clothes. See Samantha PleetDaniel Silverstein and Faircloth & Supply.


*Yael Stone, photographed in Queens, NY by Danielle Kosann. Yale wears a Jonathan Simkhai top and Karen Walker shorts. Hair by Jerome Cultrera and makeup by Mari Shten

Read these interviews with Orange is the New Black stars Uzo Aduba and Kate Mulgrew