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A to Zim: 'Orange Is the New Black' Star Laura Gomez Answers Our 26 Burning Questions

The actress who plays disheveled inmate Blanca Flores returns this June to Season 3 of the hit Netflix series.

A to Zim: 'Orange Is the New Black' Star Laura Gomez Answers Our 26 Burning Questions
Photo: Michael Jaffe Photograph | Design: Rafael Hidalgo

There's way more to Laura Gomez than orange jumpsuits and prison life. The talented actress, who plays "crazy," disheveled inmate Blanca Flores (the one who is really good at hiding cellphones) on the hit Netflix series Orange Is the New Black, is set to co-star opposite Keanu Reeves, Ana DeArmas, and Mira Sorvino in the upcoming thriller Daughter of God. You can also catch her in recurring roles on Law and Order: SVU and the HBO mini-series Show Me a Hero, about the Yonkers desegregation crisis of the 1980s. 

In honor of OITNB's Season 3 return (June 12, 2015), the actress answered our 26 burning questions and filled us in on prison life at Litchfield Penitentiary.

A to Zim: Kristin Bauer Van Straten Answers Our 26 Burning Questions

Actor or actress you look up to and why:
There are many, but I can mention Gael García Bernal as an actor whose journey I've followed. He started his career in Mexico and not only has he "made it" in Hollywood, but he actually has a very interesting, non-mainstream film curriculum that I admire. His choices are bold and risqué, and I just love that about him.

A to Zim: Kristin Bauer Van Straten Answers Our 26 Burning Questions

Blanca Flores line you had the most fun saying:
"Ok, to hell with the phone. I want porn."

A to Zim: Kristin Bauer Van Straten Answers Our 26 Burning Questions

Character from OITNB you despise and love the most:
Pennsatucky.

A to Zim: 'Orange Is the New Black' Star Laura Gomez Answers Our 26 Burning Questions
A to Zim: Kristin Bauer Van Straten Answers Our 26 Burning Questions

Describe yourself in one sentence:
Passionate, perseverant gypsy soul with the Caribbean sun running through my veins.

A to Zim: Kristin Bauer Van Straten Answers Our 26 Burning Questions

Embarrassing story you have about trying to make it in Hollywood:
I once contacted Oscar-winning Spanish producer Andrés Vicente Gómez (Belle Époque). I had been referred by a mutual friend. He invited me for coffee at his office in Madrid. I must have been 19 years old at the time. I have no idea what I was thinking. Maybe that he'd notice how passionate I was about being an actress and he'd cast me in his next film? It didn't happen that way. He was very nice, though, and we spoke for about ten minutes. He answered some questions about films and projects in Spain, wished me luck, and said, "Keep me posted on your projects."

A to Zim: Kristin Bauer Van Straten Answers Our 26 Burning Questions

Famous person who has made you starstruck:
Jodie Foster and Andrew McCarthy on the set of Orange Is the New Black. I grew up watching them and it felt surreal and amazing to be directed by them. Andrew has since directed me a few more times. I joked about it with him.

A to Zim: Kristin Bauer Van Straten Answers Our 26 Burning Questions

GIF that accurately describes how you feel today:

A to Zim: 'Orange Is the New Black' Star Laura Gomez Answers Our 26 Burning Questions
A to Zim: Kristin Bauer Van Straten Answers Our 26 Burning Questions

Hobby you have that few people know about:
I'm a film junkie. It may not be too original, but watching all sorts of films is a hobby, a passion, and a big love of mine.

A to Zim: Kristin Bauer Van Straten Answers Our 26 Burning Questions

Inmate from Litchfield Penitentiary you wouldn't mind being stuck on a deserted island with for a year:
I think Lolly is as much fun as the actress who portrays her and Lori Petty is as fun as it comes.

A to Zim: 'Orange Is the New Black' Star Laura Gomez Answers Our 26 Burning Questions
A to Zim: Kristin Bauer Van Straten Answers Our 26 Burning Questions

Job you would have if you weren't an actress:
A location scouter for Peter Jackson. That sounds kinda cool, right? Plus, I think he'd pay well.

A to Zim: Kristin Bauer Van Straten Answers Our 26 Burning Questions

Karaoke song you love to sing:
"Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" by the Eurythmics and tons of Spanish classic 80s songs. Gosh, I hope that doesn't make me sound too old.

A to Zim: Kristin Bauer Van Straten Answers Our 26 Burning Questions

Last TV show you binge-watched:
I'm late to the game, but I recently binge watched Friday Night Lights. Also, Derek. I was just recommended Peaky Blinders, so that's next.

A to Zim: 'Orange Is the New Black' Star Laura Gomez Answers Our 26 Burning Questions
A to Zim: Kristin Bauer Van Straten Answers Our 26 Burning Questions

Meme you are really loving right now:

A to Zim: 'Orange Is the New Black' Star Laura Gomez Answers Our 26 Burning Questions
A to Zim: 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' Star Lauren Adams Answers Our 26 Burning Questions

Nineties music video you still think is really awesome:
Probably Michael Jackson's videos from his album Dangerous, all of them. "Remember the Time," "Black or White," "Earth Song." Seriously, those videos have passed the test of time.

A to Zim: Kristin Bauer Van Straten Answers Our 26 Burning Questions

Orange Is the New Black plotline you would like to see for your character:
Uzo Aduba recently mentioned it'd be awesome to see how Blanca got to be this "crazy," being that she's not at all crazy. I'd like to see that plotline about what turned me so odd. 

A to Zim: Kristin Bauer Van Straten Answers Our 26 Burning Questions

Pornstache line you love the most:

A to Zim: 'Orange Is the New Black' Star Laura Gomez Answers Our 26 Burning Questions
A to Zim: Kristin Bauer Van Straten Answers Our 26 Burning Questions

Questions you would like to ask a historic figure:
I would have liked to ask Nelson Mandela how he found the strength and spirit to unite his country after all he went through, and how hard or easy it was for him to forgive.

A to Zim: Kristin Bauer Van Straten Answers Our 26 Burning Questions

Revelations you have had about your OITNB co-stars since you started working with them:
I'll keep those private.

A to Zim: Kristin Bauer Van Straten Answers Our 26 Burning Questions

Series you would love to cameo on one day:
Louie and American Crime.

A to Zim: Kristin Bauer Van Straten Answers Our 26 Burning Questions

#TBT: Send us a Throwback Thursday photo and tell us the story behind it: This #TBT was from those first days on set. We still didn't have a clear idea of where these characters were heading. Selenis Leyva recently texted me and said, "This picture never gets old."

A to Zim: 'Orange Is the New Black' Star Laura Gomez Answers Our 26 Burning Questions
A to Zim: Kristin Bauer Van Straten Answers Our 26 Burning Questions

Up-and-coming band or artist you hope becomes popular soon:
Gus Reed. She's actually Connie Shulman's (Yoga Jones) daughter, and an amazing singer-songwriter. I'm a fan.

A to Zim: Kristin Bauer Van Straten Answers Our 26 Burning Questions

Vee vs. Red: Which side would you choose and why?
That's a tough one. I'd say Red, only because she'd probably feed me better food.

A to Zim: 'Orange Is the New Black' Star Laura Gomez Answers Our 26 Burning Questions
A to Zim: Kristin Bauer Van Straten Answers Our 26 Burning Questions

Worst part about having to wear those orange jumpsuits on OITNB:
Or those beige ones... They're hideous, and shapeless, and heavy. Ironically, though, as an actress, they've helped me develop this character so much.

A to Zim: Kristin Bauer Van Straten Answers Our 26 Burning Questions

Since we will not ask you for your favorite "X-word," we'll simply ask for your shameless plug here:
Please follow me at my actor/director fan page, Twitter and Instagram!!!

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YouTube video you can't stop showing all your friends:
I love these funny segments that very talented friends of mine created called "AyAyAy Witness News." I'm in episode four in one of the segments, but they're all hilarious. I'm again shamelessly plugging only because I really can't stop showing this to my friends!

A to Zim: Kristin Bauer Van Straten Answers Our 26 Burning Questions

If you didn't know Zimbio was an entertainment site, what would you think "a Zimbio" was?
Hmmm... A type of dance with African roots, perhaps!

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