Kelly Karbacz currently stars as inmate Kasey Sankey, on Netflix’s award-winning series Orange is the New Black.
Introduced in season four, Sankey is a primary member of the White Power Group, inadvertently created by fellow inmate Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling). Throughout the season, Kelly is a scene-stealer as her character finds herself in multiple altercations with the other inmates and pursues Piper to be an active member of her “movement.”
Kelly has been making a name for herself on the screen and the stage for the past decade. Her most notable roles include starring as Joanie Binder in ABC’s Regular Joe alongside Judd Hirsch, playing snarky receptionist Judy in Get Smart alongside Steve Carell, and making her Broadway debut as Maureen Johnson in Rent, which ran at the Nederlander Theatre.
A native New Yorker, Kelly graduated from the prestigious Stuyvesant High School, and studied drama at The Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute part of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Check out what Kelly tells Chilled about her love of seafood and Moscow Mules.
Tell us a bit about the projects you’re working on.
I currently play inmate Kasey Sankey on Netflix’s Orange is the New Black. She is the leader of the White Power movement at Litchfield. Sankey is tough with a short fuse and does whatever she needs to do to survive.
With your busy schedule, what do you like to do with your downtime?
Spending time at the beach is always my favorite way to recharge. I also love to watch movies, go to the theatre, read, hike, and do yoga.
When you go out to eat, where do you like to dine?
Two of my favorite spots in NYC are Freemans on the Lower East Side and Palma in the West Village. Each has an incredible atmosphere and a thrilling menu. I also love sushi, Mexican and old school Italian, and here in New York, the options are endless!
What types of dishes do you usually order?
I’ll usually order the seafood dish. I can’t pass up lobster, shrimp, clams, or calamari. I love to get tapas so I can try a little bit of everything.
Do you cook?
I do cook, and I enjoy it, but don’t get to do it as much as I’d like.
What types of drinks do you order when out?
I most often go for a glass of Sauvignon Blanc or Rosé.
Do you own a home bar?
No, I don’t really drink much at home unless we’re entertaining. I love being dazzled by mixologists and sommeliers.
What is your favorite cocktail?
It depends what I’m in the mood for, but I enjoy a good Moscow Mule.
Have you ever been a bartender?
I’ve never been a bartender, but I did date a few back in the day (laughs).