But what's it like to be the real man behind OITNB's least favorite character? Larry Smith, the real-life husband of Piper Kerman, upon whose memoir the Emmy-nominated Netflix show was based, has less in common with his fictional counterpart than you might think. They're both writers, and they're both in love with a blonde who served time in prison for a decade-old drug offense, but that's where the story diverges. The Larry Bloom of the show is an overgrown, entitled man-child who is constantly sulking about how Piper's sentence affects his life more than hers, stealing bits of her life story to make himself more interesting and failing to support her in the moments she needs it most.
Here's why we're glad Piper ended up with the real Larry instead of the fictional one.
Larry Bloom lost it a little bit when Piper explained not only that her ex-lover was a woman, but that she'd been suckered into helping out by smuggling money for her drug-trafficking ring. Larry Smith, on the other hand, had no hang-ups about the fact that Piper spent a significant part of her life dating women, and when she confessed that the police had come calling, he handled it without falling apart. "I didn't say, "Are you f***ing kidding me?" Clearly she wasn't. The blood did not drain out of my body leaving me lifeless, nor did I lose my mind and start screaming. I didn't, like Larry Bloom, exclaim, 'Who are you? I feel like I'm in a Bourne movie! Have you killed?' But I wish I had — it's a great line," he writes in a piece for Medium.com.
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