Madeline Brewer became a gay icon of sorts thanks to her role as lesbian inmate Tricia Miller in “Orange Is the New Black,” and she has proudly carried the title with her ever since.
“All lesbians love me,” the actress, 29, joked to Page Six. “I absolutely welcome it.”
Brewer revealed that she has paid some visits to the legendary NYC gay bar Cubbyhole since appearing in Season 1 of the Netflix dramedy in 2013. Her former co-star Lea DeLaria, the self-described “Lord of the Lesbians,” introduced her to the spot.
“A lot of times, people don’t know who I am. But once one person knows, the whole bar knows,” she told us. “It’s very cool.”
The New Jersey native now stars in the critically acclaimed Hulu series “The Handmaid’s Tale,” in which she plays Janine, a one-eyed handmaiden and ally of June (Elisabeth Moss). She said getting her character’s eye makeup done is quite laborious, taking about 45 minutes each time, and admitted that she jumps in surprise anytime anyone tries to approach her from her blind side.
Despite the show’s dark storylines, Brewer swears the set is anything but morbid.
“Don’t get me wrong. I watch the show and weep and have, like, a crisis,” she said. “In between action and cut, you’re having fun, you’re just talking to friends. I’m, like, doing my work. I love my job. It’s just … it’s fun.”
Brewer teased that viewers of the dystopian drama have much to look forward to in Season 4, which premiered in April and will release its final episode in June.
“There’s a lot of arguing now … for Janine,” she said. “[Fans] can expect a lot of joy in the first few [episodes]. And they can expect a lot of … a lot of the tough s–t that happens when you love people really deeply because they love people really deeply. You have to challenge them, right? You have to hold them accountable.”
While the “Cam” star is quickly becoming a seasoned TV star, her first scene in the 2019 movie “Hustlers” didn’t go according to plan as jittery nerves overcame her. Eventually, Jennifer Lopez sensed her co-star’s anxiety, grabbed her hand and assured her, “You’re doing such a great job.”
“She’s the best,” Brewer enthused of J.Lo, 51. “She’s a pro and half. But yeah, I was desperately embarrassed by that. Jennifer Lopez had to tell me to stand on my mark.”