Orange Is The New Black’s Laura Prepon

Pretty much everyone remembers where they were during the first season of Orange is the New Black. And by that we mean in bed, marathoning our little hearts out. The show has completely changed the game in terms of Netflix dramadeys. This amazing show isn’t the first time that Laura Prepon has charmed the pants off of us – we first fell in love with this badass chick in That 70’s Show, in which she was equally compelling and hilarious. She’s also incredibly thoughtful in terms of wellness, and her new book, The Stash Plan, is a must-read for anyone looking to reset health-wise. She chatted with us about learning to cook, the importance of bone broth, and her love for apple crumble…

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

I eat three times a day. I don’t snack. My diet usually looks something like this (everything is always organic): For breakfast, gluten-free oats, a green apple, walnuts, and brown rice, with syrup drizzled on top. For lunch, half a cup of brown rice, a cup of bone broth, salad with avocado, and roasted vegetables. For dinner, half a cup of brown rice, salmon, roasted veggies, salad, and one cup of bone broth.

How do you practice beauty from the inside out? 

I do The Stash Plan. That’s literally what I do. I eat healthy pre-prepped meals so I don’t have days where I’m so tired from work that I order takeout I shouldn’t eat. As for working out, I don’t kill myself in the gym anymore. I stretch (the kind of Stash Plan stretching, which is different from normal stretching), I swim, take dance lessons and use my rebounder. Not killing myself at the gym changed a lot of things for me. I believe the opposite of “No pain, no gain”. My body was able to de-stress and let go of weight and inflammation.

What was the motivation and inspiration behind The Stash Plan?

The motivation behind The Stash Plan was that I had suffered with my body for years and finally found the right answers. I always struggled with my weight, did crash diets, worked out more than anybody I knew and was still inflamed, felt sick, had no energy and had a hard time dropping pounds. When I finally started to heal with my integratative health coach Elizabeth Troy, I knew we needed to share this with the world. So many people are suffering and they don’t have to be.

What are your morning and nightly beauty routines? 

My morning and night routines are pretty similar. I use all Arbonne products. They are natural and don’t use chemicals. Our skin is the largest organ of our body…what you put on your skin is a big deal. So many products are loaded with chemicals and perfumes that mess up our lymphatic system and will make us bloat (which used to happen to me).

A beauty mainstay that hasn’t changed since That 70’s Show

I always do a black line along my eyelashes. My eyelashes are very fair, so I always have to give them a little oompf in real life and on-camera.


What ingredient do you consider overrated? Which makes everything better?

Stevia is overrated. So many people use it and I used to be one of them! I wouldn’t leave the house without my bottle of liquid stevia. However, Stevia isn’t as natural as people think. Your body still doesn’t know what it is. It’s not pure from a plant; it’s still a compound that your body has to figure out and usually can’t, so it ends up somewhere it shouldn’t be. I stopped using it and my body was very happy about that.

Himalayan salt makes everything better!

Anyone looking to be healthy should have X, Y, and Z in their fridge…

Bone broth and pre-prepared organic food

What advice would you give one trying to kickstart a healthy lifestyle?

Learn how to cook.

What’s been your most inspiring revelation on Orange Is The New Black so far?

I always knew this, but being on a show like this reiterates it; it’s all about the work, and the moment-to-moment with my fellow actors. On OINTB, we are stripped of hair/makeup/fun fancy clothes…what’s left is the acting. It’s all about the acting. It’s been the most freeing, amazing experience.

Did you expect it to be as popular as it is? What have you learned from playing Alex?

You can only hope a project you work on takes off like OITNB has. It’s like capturing lightning in a bottle. I’ve learned so many things from Alex. She’s tough, vulnerable, smart and a total badass. She pushes me to expand everyday in my work. I’ve really learned that you can’t control where your heart goes. For better or worse, she loves Piper. And no matter what they do to each other, she would be there for her, because she loves her.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

Create effects with your work in the most aesthetic way possible.

What’s your personal definition of great content?

If it inspires me

Words to both act and eat by…

Always acknowledge and respect the people around you, whether it be your co-stars on set, the director, writer, or the waiter serving you at the table in a restaurant.

What are your favorite cities for food?

Paris, NY, LA, Stockholm, and Milan.

If you could host a dinner party with any five people living or dead who would be there? What would you cook?

Katherine Hepburn, Martha Stewart, John F. Kennedy, My father, and Mel Brooks. I would make homemade burrata with heirloom tomato salad, Ina Garten’s warm rosemary cashews, and garlic roasted shrimp to start. Then for dinner, a tenderloin with mushroom/wine sauce, my mother’s scalloped potatoes, fresh baked bread, herb butter, and Ina Garten’s snowpea salad as well as a seasonal salad. For dessert, I would make key lime pie (my father’s favorite dish) and an apple crumble.

Read interviews with all your favorite Orange is the New Black cast members, from Uzo Aduba and Kate Mulgrew to Lea DeLaria and Danielle Brooks.

*Laura Prepon, photographed in New York, NY by Danielle Kosann