Michelle Chong's Ah Lian faces off against Crazy Eyes from Orange Is The New Black

Prison inmate Ah Lian, as portrayed by Singapore's Michelle Chong, was featured in two online trailers promoting the acclaimed series' fifth and latest season.
Prison inmate Ah Lian, as portrayed by Singapore's Michelle Chong, was featured in two online trailers promoting the acclaimed series' fifth and latest season. PHOTO: INSTRAGRAM/IMMICHELLECHONG
SINGAPORE - Netflix's comedy drama series Orange Is The New Black is home to a whole host of colourful characters, but there is one in particular whom Singaporeans cannot get enough of.

That would be prison inmate Ah Lian, as portrayed by Singapore's Michelle Chong, who was featured in two online trailers promoting the acclaimed series' fifth and latest season.

In the clips, which were shot in Kaufman Astoria Studios in New York, Chong stars opposite American actress Uzo Aduba, known for playing Suzanne Warren, or Crazy Eyes, in the show.

The feisty Ah Lian is seen making references to Singaporean culture as well as rattling off Singlish terms to Crazy Eyes, who only half-understands what she is talking about.

For example, when Crazy Eyes demands that she gets off a canteen seat, Ah Lian replies: "You also never use tissue paper to chope."

The first clip has garnered over 16,000 "likes" on Netflix Singapore's Facebook page, while the second clip has over 7,500 "likes". Unfortunately, Ah Lian is only featured for promotional purposes and will not be a regular on the show.

This is not the first time that Netflix has localised its marketing strategy when promoting its shows. Previously, the American streaming giant featured the neighbourhood of Yishun in a promotional video clip for the sci-fi horror series Stranger Things and also released a clip of Aduba speaking Singlish.

 


Michelle Chong and Uzo Aduba behind the scenes of Orange Is The New Black. PHOTO: INSTAGRAM/IMMICHELLECHONG