Orange is The New Black has become a fan favorite dramedy and Dascha Polanco’s character, Daya ‘Dayanara’ Diaz, who is the over-weight, pregnant OINTB inmate, has been much admired by fans. Her sweet romance with prison guard John Bennett, played by Matt McGorry, captivated the OINTB fans (way more than Piper and Larry’s has).
When asked in an interview with Paper Magazine if she had expected the show to be so super successful, she said, ‘No, I was pretty much worried about keeping my job and enjoying every experience because it was my first big thing. I was learning about the components of the show. I also wondered what audience was going to watch it. I think we were always focused on who would really watch it and enjoy the program. The popularity was so unexpected. I think this show is amazing, outstanding, and will be a part of history.’
The stunning actress, age 32, who is also a mother of three children, will be honored with a LUPE Award at the 16th annual NALIP (The National Association of Latino Independent Producers) Latino Media Awards at the W Hollywood Hotel on June 27. On her achievement she told Latino Post,
"It's empowering to be a part of this project and to have fellow Latinas around me and for us to create this little family with not only us but with all of the women on the set. It makes you feel like times are changing.”
"The ten percent of Latinos in Hollywood, that later on we're working towards opening the opportunity for more of our own to be able to have these lead roles, to be able to do great projects and to be acknowledged for our work and not to be put in groups where we're looked at in negative ways, or judged because of one incident and so forth," said the Dascha, who bears a Dominican nationality.
"Is that really happening or am I going to wake up?" Polanco said. "I give my respect and I am so, so…it takes a moment at times for me to actually realize that I am doing what I am supposed to be doing and it's OK to feel uncomfortable or to get a little scared or to feel like I don't deserve it. It's just an honor. It really means a lot to me for my people to support me and to put me aside Raquel Welch who has such a trajectory in her life and is representing us. It's just amazing,” she said excitedly.
She is not only famous for her character but she has also been much admired for her hairstyles. I mean, even with three kids, she looks stunning. Her look also debuted at the New York Fashion Week via Instagram.
Hope we get to see more of OINTB and Dascha in the future!!