Orange Is the New Black's Pablo Schreiber: Pornstache Would Be a Great Dad!
Pablo Schreiber | Photo Credits: Jessica Miglio/Netflix
Pablo Schreiber's Orange Is the New Black character has the sadism of Joffrey Baratheon and the mustache of Tom Selleck, an unlikely combination which somehow turned Pornstache into a runaway success. We talked to Schreiber about the surprising reaction to his character, what's in store for Season 2 and whether his real-life facial hair is up to snuff.
How has the reaction to Pornstache been so far?
Pablo Schreiber: The reaction to Pornstache has been alternatively amazing, awesome, overwhelming and a little bit bizarre. There's such a wide range of reactions to the character that it's definitely been, as far as that goes, the most all encompassing reaction covering the whole spectrum, from people who just love the guy and say it's their favorite TV character ever all the way down to people who ask why I would ever bring something like that to life on the screen and [say] I'm probably not worth living any more. Death threats, the whole deal.
There are so many fans who have very strong sexual attraction to Pornstache.
Schreiber: It's true, it's true! I don't know why. I did everything I could to make him as repulsive as possible. There must be people who are attracted to disgustingness because that's clearly what he is.
Pornstache is such a despicable character. As an actor, how do you identify with someone so vile?
Schreiber: Well, on two levels. First of all, as an actor to get to play someone that's not only despicable, but just like to the worst degree, you know. There's really no limits on how far I could go with the character. So as an actor to be given the freedom to do that and to go to all those places that you normally are told are taboo or not OK to go to, that's just pure fun. But then as far as identifying with the person ... to me that's just having a real clear sense of why he operates the way that he does. For most people that operate in a really terrible or awful way or do despicable things, its almost always coming out of some kind of deep seeded insecurity or fear. And so to me, to put your finger on the pulse of exactly what that character's fears and insecurities are is the quickest way in to making him a relatable human being. If people don't like him at least they can have some kind of sense of why he behaves the way he does.
Do you think his feelings towards Daya are genuine? Is he really in love with her?
Schreiber: Oh, I think so yeah. I don't understand that storyline if he's faking it. I don't' really get it. I don't know why he's doing that. I think in order to buy into that you have to believe he was swept off his feet and really the only thing that he was waiting for was for someone to pay attention to him. And the moment that someone does, he's all in. And that's probably the most tragic thing about him. That as nasty as he was being the entire time and all the awful things he did, if someone would have just paid attention to him and been nice to him, it could have all been avoided.
So it didn't necessarily need to be Daya? Because I don't really get it. She has two C.O.'s head over heels for her and I don't understand what's so special about her.
Schreiber: You don't get the draw, huh? Yeah, I think from what the script said and the story that we told, I think that's right. It could have been anybody. I mean, he talks about her lips, that he's never kissed a girl with big lips before, so I think there was probably an element of exoticness to her. And earlier in the season he showed an affinity for Sophia and "cyborg p---y" as he put it, so I think there was certainly an attraction to the Other and the different, that he had. But yeah, ultimately the biggest thing that he shows is that he really wanted someone to talk to and once someone did, he's all in.