Fans of Netflix's Orange is the New Black should check out this interview with Catherine Cleary Wolters—the actual woman upon whom the character Alex (Piper Chapman's lesbian lover) is based. Quick recap: A pampered WASP, Piper (real name Piper Kerman) is yanked out of her perfect life with her new husband to serve time on a drug running charge after being fingered (sorry) by her lesbian ex-lover, Alex. Incarceration is rough enough, but when Alex is sent to the same prison, things get exponentially more complicated... and sexy (rrrowrr, rrrowrr, rrowrr).
Anyway, in this Vanity Fair story, the actual Alex (Catherine Wolters) is tracked down and sets the record somewhat straight on what really went down.
“We did not have sex in prison,” the 51-year-old ex-felon says of her relationship with Piper Kerman, on whose book the show is based. “Not even a little bit.”
In her version, she and Kerman did not become romantically involved until after they had trafficked either heroin or money, for a network run by the alleged Nigerian drug kingpin Buruji Kashamu.
“When we were traveling together I started developing a crush on her. And eventually that turned into a crazy mad love affair,” Wolters says. “But that was after she had already done the deed that made her complicit.”
“We weren't girlfriends,” Wolters adds for good measure. “We were friends with benefits . . . I was not the older sexy, glamorous lesbian who snatched her from her pristine Smith College cradle.”
It's an interesting article made even more interesting by Piper Kerman's prickly response to Wolters at the end. As we all know, old relationships die hard. Read all of it here.