Doom Patrol Season 1: 'OITNB' star Diane Guerrero to play character with 64 alternate personalities
Diane Guerrero will be playing schizophrenic superhero Crazy Jane on DC's much awaited 'Doom Patrol' which is out on February 15 on DC Universe
Actress Diane Guerrero is best known for her 'Orange is the New Black' character Maritza Ramos — a tough but tender inmate at Litchfield Penitentiary. Diane had many viewers swooning after they saw her playing the manipulative and assertive inmate on the show which won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series twice.
This Jersey-born actress' stint on 'OITNB' got her much-deserved recognition and set her up for a recurring role on CW's 'Jane the Virgin' where she played Lina, the protagonist's best friend.
Diane had always wanted to play a science-fiction, fantasy, or a mythical role and it seems her prayers were answered when she got the call to cast for Crazy Jane in 'Doom Patrol'. No ordinary superhero, Crazy Jane was created by Grant Morrisson for the 'Vertigo Comics' version of 'Doom Patrol' which follows a group of dysfunctional heroes who somehow manage to work together.
Jane Morris, aka Crazy Jane, suffers from dissociative identity disorder and, after her exposure to a "gene bomb", her disorder goes into an overdrive. She has 64 alternate personalities and each of those identities has a unique superpower. However, Crazy Jane is the most dominant of her personality pool.
Although, not all her superpowers are "super". Babydoll, for instance, is said to have a childlike personality that sees the world through rose-tinted glasses, even in the most dire of situations. There are the even weirder personalities like Sex Bomb whose main power makes Jane explode when she's sexually aroused.
Though we've only got a glimpse of Diane as Crazy Jane in the trailer, it may be safe to say that not all her personalities would be translated on-screen. Thankfully?
Diane has always made sure that her contribution to acting represents the Hispanic community and would encourage directors to start casting more minorities in films. In an interview with NBC, she said that majority of Hispanic actors are always cast for bit roles. “Even when there’s a moment where we see one of us represented, we’re like, ‘What? That’s not real. We don’t believe that.’ We’ve grown up not seeing ourselves. So that took a while to get used to and accept,” Diane said.
Crazy Jane is a complex character, perhaps more comples than any of the roles Diane has taken up, with each personality requiring a different approach and perspective. It remains to be seen if Diane can pull this off.
'Doom Patrol' will be available exclusively on DC Universe on February 15. You can check out the trailer below.