Lea DeLaria of Orange is the new Black talked with Matthew Sardo about the Netflix revolution, season three of OITNB, David Bowie + jazz, Lucille Ball, Grace Kelly, and career advice for waiters.
ABOUT LEA DELARIA
Lea DeLaria has distinguished herself in every form of entertainment that she touches – Jazz Musician, Broadway Diva, Actor, Writer and Stand-Up Comic – and it is plain to see why Ben Brantley of the New York Times describes Lea as “…every inch a star.”
“…a thorn in the side of those with both neo-con and right on orthodoxies.” –The Guardian (UK)
LEA DELARIA seems to have achieved overnight stardom with her stand-out role as Big Boo in the Netflix hit series Orange is the New Black. And while she went from being able to walk around a city with the occasional “hey it’s you” to not being able to walk into a Dollar Store in a suburb without getting asked for a picture, the fact is, Lea has been a professional lesbian for 30 years. Before that, she freelanced.
Lea was the first queer comic to perform on television in America which launched her into world recognition.
Prior to her success on Orange she was seen in countless TV series (Awkward, Californication, The Oblongs, One Live to Live, Law and Order SVU, Will and Grace, Friends to name a few), and movies (First Wives Club, Dear Dumb Diary, Edge of Seventeen), with appearances on and off Broadway that have and continue to garner her recognition and acclaim.
Her on and off Broadway credits are too numerous to mention, but stand outs include her appearance on Broadway in “On the Town,” which she won Obie and Theatre World awards, as well as a Drama Desk nomination; an Ovation nomination for her appearance in the “Boys from Syracuse;” and playing both Edie AND Doctor Scott in” The Rocky Horror Show.”
If that’s not enough, Lea has five, records out on the Warner Jazz and Classics label and her book “Lea’s Book of Rules for the World” is in its third printing at Bantam Doubleday and Dell.
Follow Lea on Twitter and Instagram @realleadelaria and FaceBook.
I LUV NYC! Just walked into Union Sq b and found kids public art anti bullying/racism/gangs/drugs.… https://t.co/7ynCNgKucP
— Lea DeLaria (@realleadelaria) May 19, 2015