Show creator Jenji Kohan reveals she had originally tapped Holmes for the part of bisexual drug smuggler Piper Chapman and had even sat down with the former Dawson's Creek actress to discuss the project.
Kohan tells Eonline.com, "I'm a big fan of hers. You know, I met with her. (But) she had other things to do. And also in the beginning, no one knew what this (show) was."
The Emmy-nominated Netflix programme is based on the memoir by Piper Kerman and launched last year (13).