EXCLUSIVE: 'OITNB' Star Adrienne C. Moore Talks Season 5 Cliffhanger, Set Secrets & Why She Now Loves Lattes!
By Desiree Murphy
If you've ever wondered if Adrienne C. Moore is as cool as the character she plays on Orange Is the New Black, we're happy to report she's just as awesome as Cindy Hayes (aka Black Cindy!) in real life. Even cooler, in fact.
The 36-year-old actress stopped by ET's Los Angeles studio for a Facebook Live interview on Friday, where she gave us the rundown on that insane season five cliffhanger, behind-the-scenes secrets from set and the hilarious story behind the Black Lattes Matter meme from episode two.
ET's Denny Directo kicked off the interview by surprising Moore with a bag of Flamin' Hot Cheetos. That's when we learned the Nashville, Tennessee, native actually is a huge fan of the snack in real life. As fans of the popular Netflix series know, the Litchfield Penitentiary inmates include the deliciously spicy treats as part of their list of demands to the government in hopes of getting better treatment and justice for their friend Poussey Washington (Samira Wiley).
"Oh, I cracked up," Moore said of seeing the snack in the script. "I used to get these as a kid all the time. Doritos, Cheetos, Funions … and Andy Capp's Hot Fries. I have a crunch fetish."
Moore also revealed one of her latest obsessions… a drink that Cindy appreciates, too! When Cindy, Taystee (Danielle Brooks) and Alison (Amanda Stephen) released a video during the riot mirroring the Black Lives Matter Movement, a viewer who watched their clip created a parody meme that featured Cindy drinking a latte with the words, "Black Lattes Matter."
"Oh my gosh, can I tell you about that?" Moore exclaimed. "OK, so, Adrienne has never really liked coffee. As a matter of fact, when I used to drink coffee when I was in an office setting I would have to put hot chocolate in it just to [drink] it. And then a friend of mind recommended to me, 'Why don't you try a mocha latte?' And Adrienne fell in love with mocha lattes! And I wasn't even making the correlation with Cindy's journey with lattes this season and I started liking mocha lattes. Now I love them. I LOVE A MOCHA LATTE!"
"There's a wit about Cindy that I think I carry," she continued. "A quick-wittedness and I love that about me, because I always wanna feel like you should be in a place of humor and laughter and happiness. And I am a girl from the South so some tea and shade can happen. Some tea and shade and a side eye!"
All jokes aside, we had to get to the bottom of Moore's most memorable moments from season five, including the final episode in which Cindy and a power squad of inmates await their fate after police try to put an end to the prison riot.
"I felt very empowered by [that last scene]. I felt like, 'Wow, this is going to be a beautiful moment,'" she explained. "There are so many elements that make Orange spectacular. The writing, the acting, what we talk about, but we can't neglect the music of the show. It sets a fantastic tone. And reading the script, I'm not seeing it as you guys are seeing it, so when I read it, I have to visualize."
Moore continued on, telling ET that writer Lauren Morelli did something different this season by actually revealing in the script that a song would be playing during that final scene.
"I remember thinking, 'Wow, this going to be a really powerful moment to shoot,' and when we shot it, we actually played the music," she said. "So, it was very powerful."
Obviously there are a lot of unanswered questions about what's next for the ladies of Litchfield, and although Moore couldn't spill too much about season six just yet, she did confirm she'll be back on set when filming begins next month.
"OK, so we also put our bets in [about what happens] as a cast," she revealed. "We're coming up with a couple of scenarios, things that we've kinda pieced together from what someone else said … we're all just speculating right now. And we get into it!"
"We're trying to figure out will happen to the buses, what's going to happen to the leftovers," she continued, trying not to spoil anything for fans who haven't finished binge-watching the prison dramedy. "So, yeah, everyone is speculating how we're going to start back."
Hopefully that means fans will also get to see more glimpses into Cindy and Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren (Uzo Aduba)'s evolving mother-daughter-like friendship. Moore said Cindy's "moment" with Suzanne towards the end of season five was the most emotional of them all.
"If you know Cindy's backstory, she denies motherhood, and in this season, she kind of confronts that when she has to take care of Suzanne," she said. "That challenge was tough [for her]."
ET chatted with Moore's co-stars Danielle Brooks and Dascha Polanco earlier this month, who both gushed over how close the cast has become on- and off-screen since the series debuted in 2013. Moore echoed their sentiments, telling ET that she feels honored to work alongside such "incredible women."
"They're setting so many examples for young women," she explained. "It's an honor to have colleagues and friends that stand for what they stand for. As much as they do their work as actors, they're incredibly philanthropic. It's kinda cool to have friends that just do good."
"That's why I feel so grateful for what I do," she added. "We can be the voice for individuals who are crying out but it can't be heard. We can be that voice and can we can do it in a way that allows people in, and allows them to put their judgment aside and just watch it and take it for what it is."
For more from our interview with Moore, watch the video below.