Mackenzie Phillips in a scene from "Orange Is the New Black."
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Mackenzie Phillips is upending expectations with her portrayal of a brutal inmate on "Orange is the New Black". The actor has battled addiction and made disturbing sexual abuse allegations well before such revelations were common, and she's forthright when asked to look back at those dark chapters.Phillips, who gained fame in the 1970s on the sitcom "One Day at a Time" but lost the role in fallout from her drug and alcohol use, appears on the Netflix reboot as leader of a veterans support group.Q: Did you feel removed enough from your own drug use to play an addicted character?A: What you're doing in the day that you've been given that's taking you away from a drink or a drug, and what are you doing that's taking you back toward one.
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