Laura had a reduced role in Season 2, thanks to scheduling conflicts. She ended up in four episodes, but for a short while it looked like she was going to be in even fewer — or might not appear in the season at all. As Taylor admitted to Vulture, she would not have liked that.
"I love working with both Jason [Biggs] and Laura, so when all that stuff was happening and we weren’t sure — I wasn’t sure what was happening," Taylor explained. "I just missed her. I missed having her to work with. I was really happy when that all got resolved."
Taylor went on to say, "I would not have been able to handle [her leaving]. Alex is a really important element to Piper’s story. It’s not a part of her life that can be left open-ended. That woman is a foundational part of who she is."
We couldn't agree more! Fortunately, Laura is back full time for Season 3, so we have plenty more of Piper and Alex's dysfunctional (but fascinating) relationship to look forward to.
Would you watch Orange Is the New Black without Alex? Let us know in the comments below!