Jessica Pimentel has played pregnant Hispanic women before, but — as with all of Orange Is the New Black‘s amazing female characters — her role as Maria Ruiz (not the one who got knocked up by the prison guard; the other one) defies the stereotype.
As the highly acclaimed, wildly popular Netflix series ramps up for its debut this coming June 6 (the ravenous press descended upon the red-carpet premier last week), Jessica keeps it real at the nautical-themed bar and metal venue The Anchored Inn/Acheron in Bushwick. She’s a regular there not only for its insanely delicious El Cheeseburger and magical wall of velvet portraits (from Putin to a white tiger he likely rode and then killed for fun), but also because her extreme-metal band Alekhine’s Gun played one of its best shows there, she says.
Watch above as Jessica, from behind the bar at The Acheron, talks season 2 of Orange Is the New Black , the meaning of metal, and sticky seats – all over the soothing buzz of the bar’s brand-new frozen drink machine. And below (bonus!), she dishes on what it’s like to get punched in the face by Colin Farrell! (All in a day’s work while filming crooked cop drama Pride and Glory in 2008.)
Correction: The original version of this article misstated that Jessica grew up in Bushwick. She grew up in Cobble Hill.