Taylor Schilling was never the first choice for the role of Piper on Orange Is The New Black
. The producers really wanted someone who was at least as well known as Natasha Lyonne and Laura Prepon. Not big stars by any stretch but at least you had heard of them. So, they went after an actress who is certainly well known for her relationship but who acts at about the same list level as Laura Prepon. They went for Katie Holmes. Katie was offered the role of Piper and turned it down. I don’t know if it is because she and Laura don’t like each other because Laura has been rumored to be the next contract wife. Maybe Katie thought the show was beyond her acting ability. That is certainly possible, although Taylor is more like the glue that keeps it all together so all of the other actors can show off their skill. The official reason Katie gave was that she was too busy. You know, starring in really bad Broadway plays and even worse movies.