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Actress Alysia Reiner: Love, Motherhood & Acting 'Out of Character'

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Actress Alysia Reiner may play the hard-assed assistant warden, "Fig," on the Netflix hit series, Orange is the New Black, but the character can't be further away the real Alysia.  "It's kind of delightful playing the opposite of me," she says. But now a mother of Liv, her five-year old daughter, Alysia has become far more selective of her roles. "You can't help but carry over your character [in real life]," she says of her and her actor husband David Alan Basche. It's easier to psychologically process the character but physically - it can be a little more challenging.

When asked about any similarities between parenting and taking on a new character, Alysia says that you have to have "a beginner's mind" and "the ability to wonder." It's that "beginner's mind" that has helped Alysia move beyond some of the harder, unexpected aspects of being a mom. "Conscious parenting is the hardest job on the planet," she affirms. In the 29th episode of SRO Conversations, Alysia opens up about the "unspoken" aspects of parenting, muses over her character roles over the year and tells us how why her husband, David Alan Basche, was everything she told herself she didn't want.

Orange Is the New Black's second season premieres on June 6, 2014.

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