She's been starring in Orange Is The New Black since 2013, but who is Laura Prepon and what else has she starred in?

She’s been starring in Orange Is The New Black since 2013, but who is Laura Prepon and what else has she starred in?

Is the actor who plays Alex Vause gay or lesbian?
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Laura Prepon plays the lesbian character Alex Vause in Netflix’s massive hit drama/comedy Orange Is The New Black. In the show, she’s been Piper’s on/off girlfriend since the first season. She’s appeared in 56 episodes of the show and has directed at least two of the episodes, “The Reverse Midas Touch” in season five and “Well This Took A Dark Turn” in season six.

OITNB is her first major role in a TV series since October Road in 2007/8, before that she starred in 200 episodes of The ’70s Show as Donna Pinciotti.

Unlike her character in OITNB Laura doesn’t identify as gay/lesbian or bisexual. In fact, she’s now married to actor Ben Foster. They married in 2018 and had a baby girl, Ella, together in the summer of 2017.

Speaking about playing a queer character back when she first got the role she said in an Interview with Collider, “When Jenji (Kohan, the show’s writer/creator) first wanted me to play Alex, I was like, “Okay, well, there’s two things that I’ve never done before.” Well, I had done nudity in one other thing, but nudity for an actress is a very particular thing. It has to do with the material, and making sure it’s not gratuitous, that it’s done in a way that’s shot beautifully, and it’s for a reason. And I’d never played a lesbian before. Of course, we’re supportive of the gay and lesbian community. I’ve just never portrayed that on camera. Once I met Taylor I knew that it was going to be really comfortable and okay, but the nudity was a little bit of an issue for me, so Jenji and I talked about it”.

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How old is Laura Prepon?

Laura was born in March 1980 which makes her 38 in 2018. She was born in Watchung in New Jersey, USA. She has four siblings and is of Russian Jewish / Irish Catholic descent.

Is Laura Prepon Married?

Prepon is married to actor Ben Foster. They married in June 2018. They have a daughter together called Ella who born in August 2017.