Jessica Pimentel who stars as Maria Ruiz in Orange is the New Black has come clean about her obsession with New Zealand and the All Blacks and is planning a visit this year.
The Chicago Tribune conducted an interview with Jessica about her traveling experiences and where she has travelled or dreams of travelling to.
The top of the New York City native’s list is… surprise, surprise… New Zealand!
“I've actually planned a trip to New Zealand this year, which is a place that I have always wanted to visit and have been drawn to for as long as I can remember.”
“I identify so much with that culture and I am a big New Zealand All Blacks rugby supporter. Aside from the Yankees, they are my favorite sports team.”
“I am looking forward to this trip more than I can say. Besides going to New Zealand, I would love to do a trip starting in some place like Iceland and hit the tiny Faroe Islands, and then do a car trip from the north of Europe all the way to the south and eventually end up in Pimentel, Italy. It's a place that I'm dying to go see, for very obvious reasons.”
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