In celebration of the early release of Season 3 of Orange is the New Black last night, here is a brief update on what some of the stars of the hit series have been up to since the end of Season 2. The show has been the launchpad for a meteoric rise for many stars and presented many opportunities for the actresses in virtually every corner of Hollywood. Here are just a few of the awesome things our favorite women have been up to while we’ve been begging for more episodes.

1.) Winning Emmy awards

2.) Slaying this cover of Essence Magazine

Photo: Perez Hilton

3.) laverne Cox Rocking this cover of TIME Magazine while becoming one of the most visible faces of the transgender movement

Photo: TIME

4.) Danielle Brooks (Taystee) securing the role of Sophia in the upcoming revival of the The Color Purple on Broadway

Photo: PBS

5.) Dascha Polanco landing a high-profile role in the upcoming film Joy alongside Jennifer Lawrence and Robert Di Nero

Photo: Lovelace-media

Season 3 of Orange is the New Black is now available on

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