The body-positive actress, who plays Tasha “Taystee” Jefferson on the Netflix original series “Orange Is the New Black", revealed to PEOPLE she almost ditched her star-making turn on the show due to reluctance at signing on for nude scenes.
“To be honest I didn’t know Orange was going to be one of those dream jobs,” she says about her first impression of the role. “I almost turned it down in the beginning because there was possibility for nudity, but I’m really glad I didn’t do that.”
“Getting to work with so many incredible women and getting to play this character that has just grown tremendously throughout the season — I just pray for 100 times more chances like this in my career,” she adds.
With the show now in its fifth season, Brooks says, “The hardest part of production is not having too much fun.”
“Honestly, all of us are really close friends now, so when we get together we love laughing until our stomachs hurts, so just remembering to rein it back can be challenging work,” she says. “Somehow we find a way to pull it together.”