A lot of us can’t seem to get enough of the Netflix hit show “Orange is the New Black”. The show is packed with action, drama and even a little bit of comedy. The cast does a phenomenal job on the show.
The show has used the cast’s family members to play their younger selves during flashback scenes. For example, in the backstory episode for Sophia Burset, the transgender inmate played by Laverne Cox, the show used her actual twin brother to play her pre-surgery.
In the latest season, season 5, they did it again. This time it was with Dascha Polanco’s character, Daya. Fans gain some insight into the relationship between the character and her mother Aleida, played by Elizabeth Rodriguez. The episode is called “Tied to the Tracks”.
Episode 8 shows a little insight on Daya’s life when she was 14-years-old. The episode shows the young girl making a move on a guy.
It was the same guy that a friend of hers really liked, but Daya decided to go for it because she listened to her mother’s advice.
But viewers were a little distracted during the episode. They were shocked at how much both actresses looked alike.
In fact, they look like identical twins. Turns out, the actress who was playing young Daya was actually Dascha Polanco’s daughter in real life.
Her daughter’s name is Dasany Kristal Gonzalez and she’s 15-years-old. The appearance on the show is her first acting gig and she killed it!
A lot of you are probably wondering how Dascha could already have a teenage daughter, we know we were. Well, the 34-year-old actress gave birth to her daughter when she was 18-years-old.
In an interview with Latina Magazine back in 2015, Dascha said: “She’s a blessing, a miracle baby.” She also noted that she wouldn’t recommend others having kids at such a young age.
She continued saying “Nothing’s wrong with it, it just makes it a little bit more challenging.” Gonzalez is the oldest of three kids, and the other two have different fathers.