Rebecca Knox of Orange is the New Black Gives a Knockout Interview to Jimmy Star

Jimmy StarRebecca Knox is a force to be reckoned with in the entertainment industry. An accomplished actor, singer, writer and producer, she is an incredibly talented creative who is breaking all barriers in the world of film and television.

We had a blast speaking with Rebecca Knox when she was a guest on The Jimmy Star Show With Ron Russell, and I can tell you from personal experience that she is not only incredibly beautiful and witty, she is also very talented, and a wonderful conversationalist


Jimmy Star: Congratulations on your character Tina Swope’s  break-out role on Orange is the New Black. It is amazing how different they make you look on the show, as when we had you on our show you were almost unrecognizable. You’re out of prison transformation was amazing lol. Are you having a blast on OITNB?

Rebecca Knox: I am having such a blast on the show! We are currently wrapping up Season 7. What a trip the last couple years have been. I am going to miss my OITNB family but excited for what is to come!

Jimmy Star: Since you do look so different on the show, do you get recognized by fans when you are doing your daily activities?

Rebecca Knox: Sometimes! It is mostly the mega fans who have googled/instagrammed the cast that immediately recognize me. It is such a fun experience meeting fans who love the show so much and who want to chat with you about it. I don’t think I will ever get sick of that. Otherwise, I mostly only get recognized when I am with other cast members. People have definitely been taken by surprise when they meet me in person- as I don’t look like I’ve been sweating/scratching like Tina. She’s a star.

Jimmy Star: I remember you telling us that you auditioned several times before landing a role on OITNB, which is a great story for actors to not get discouraged and believe in themselves as hard work pays off…can you tell us the story?

Rebecca Knox: It was one of those days where I had 4 auditions back-to-back and I was feeling stressed, tired, and generally over it. My audition for OITNB was the last for the day and I just told myself, “Ok, I got this. One more to go”. I went in and decided to have fun. I let loose, did my job and could not wait to get home and shower/nap.

The next morning, during my meditation class I missed several calls from my manager and agent. When I called back, they broke the news that I booked it!! I think the most valuable thing that I’ve learned from that experience is going in without expectations, and being myself (I know this sounds cliché) are the key to great auditions. And even then, you may not book it, but that attitude in itself is worth so much.

When you have so many auditions in a day, you kind of have to stop worrying about booking it. Focus more on the fun in getting to play a part for 2 minutes. You have approximately 2 or 5 or 10 minutes with a casting director, so show them what you can do!


Jimmy Star: Can you tell us a fun story or happening from the OITNB set?

Rebecca Knox: The day I met and worked with movie rats. It was part of a scene in season 6 where Tina and Annalisa collect rats in the prison to unleash on C block during their shift. We had to repeatedly drop rats out of mop buckets (delicately of course). It was amazing how calm the rats were. Their trainer told us they’ve worked on many sets and are seasoned actor rats. I thought that was hilarious!

Jimmy Star: You had a role in the film “Return to Montauk” with Stellan Skarsgard, who is one of my all-time favorite actors. What was your experience like working on the film?

Rebecca Knox: I was so excited to meet Stellan. He was collaborative and gave me some pointers while we were working. When I see him again, I’ll have to thank him for everything he taught me.

Jimmy Star: Besides acting, do you have plans to direct, write or produce?

Rebecca Knox: I have plans to explore all three! So far I have written a screenplay, produced it and we shot it last year. It is called “Cavity” and I hope you can see it soon! Other than that, I was associate producer for a badass film called “Not For Girls” by Raquel Harris and directed by Jonny Lee Miller (Elementary, Trainspotting). I have yet to direct, but I plan to write more and would love to take a shot at it.

Jimmy Star: If you go back in time and play any character in movie and television history, what character would you like to play from a movie? From television?

Rebecca Knox: I’m going to reformat the question and answer with a role that has yet to be made into a biopic— Madonna! What has already been made is in the past, and although there are many roles I would have loved to play, I am all about the roles that have yet to be played.


Jimmy Star: Great Answer, I love it. Are you a fan of the superhero craze taking over the world today? If so are you a Marvel or DC fan and who is your favorite superhero?

Rebeca Knox: I am both a Marvel and DC fan (Marvel wins) but I would have to say my favorite superhero is DC’s Wonder Woman. She is a badass. I also love Black Widow.

Jimmy Star: It’s a freezing day in New York and you are chilling in front of a fire with a good book listening to music. What book are you reading? What band are you listening to?

Rebecca Knox: I usually don’t listen to music while I’m reading but for the sake of this question- I would say I’d listen to a good jazz or classical record while in front of a fireplace reading. Right now I’m reading Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides and Many Lives, Many Masters by Dr. Brian L Weiss. Both are interesting and vastly different. My favorite artist on repeat right now is Rosalía. She is incredibly talented!

Jimmy Star: Tell us what other projects you are working on?

Rebecca Knox: Apart from the craziness of pilot season and getting ready to move to LA, I am working on final touches to the newest bottle design for my mezcal company, Doña Sarita. We are going to be releasing a new label and higher-quality product. I am excited for it to hit stores. Once it does, you will most definitely be hearing about it on my instagram. I am also writing the feature-length version of my film “Cavity” which I will also be submitting to festivals in the coming months. Other than that, keep your eyes peeled for Season 7 of Orange is the New Black airing sometime later this year!


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