HUFFINGTON POST
05/04/2015 02:45 pm ET | Updated May 28, 2015

'OITNB' Actress Taryn Manning Says She Is Often 'Typecast,' Rarely Given 'Pretty Girl' Roles

From her role as an unruly prison inmate on "Orange Is The New Black" to her more recent portrayal of a kidnapped single mother in "Cleveland Abduction," actress Taryn Manning has made a name for herself by taking on the stories of a certain type of character. But as she told "The HuffPost Show" on Friday, that was not entirely by choice.

"I've definitely been stereotyped, typecast [and] put in a box," Manning told hosts Roy Sekoff and Marc Lamont Hill. "It's one of those things that in my 20s, I used to try to fight against that stereotyping and be like, 'But I feel like I'm kinda cute. How come I never get to read for the pretty girl?' Because in Hollywood's eyes, I'm not that girl."

But there's a lot to be gained by playing edgier characters, she added.

"I finally came to realize that I get to play roles with a lot of depth," Manning said. "Just because you're troubled or you're a prostitute doesn't mean that you're not someone who's been through stuff, that you're not wise and have common sense, [and] that you're self-aware. I like the roles I play. I think it's fun."

While Manning is glad that her roles allow her to portray complexity, there is one storyline she is no longer willing to act out.

"But I did make a promise that I'm tired of dying in movies. It's like, you know what? I ain't trying to die!" she said.

Watch more from "The HuffPost Show" here.

ALSO ON HUFFPOST:

Orange is the New Black Season 3

CONVERSATIONS