Jodie Foster directs scene in front of Suffolk Theater

01/31/2014 12:38 PM |
KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | Jodi Foster on the set of 'Orange is the New Black' Friday morning.

KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | Jodie Foster on the set of ‘Orange is the New Black’ Friday morning.

Academy Award-winning actress turned director Jodie Foster was all smiles on the set of “Orange is the New Black” in downtown Riverhead Friday morning.

The Netflix series, which had been seeking “scary-looking” extras for scenes at the Riverside jail, began filming outside the Suffolk Theater on East Main Street around 11 a.m.

See more photos of the filming at northforker.com

Although none of the stars of the hit show were on the set to film the flashback scene, the episode’s director was on hand. Best known for her roles in “Taxi Driver” and “The Silence of the Lambs,” Ms. Foster had an active role with the actors and production staff during Friday’s filming.

While declining to speak about the content of the episode, “Orange is the New Black” spokesman Don Halcombe said the scenes are for an episode in the series’ second season, scheduled to stream later this year.

Tori Ireland of Mattituck was one of the show’s fans who stopped by to watch the filming.

“I love this show!” she said. “This is a lot of fun.”

The series, which is set at a woman’s prison, is ordinarily filmed at the now-defunct Rockland Children’s Psych Center in Orangeburg, N.Y. And scenes from the episode being filmed on the North Fork will still be shot in Orangeburg, a person familiar with the premise of the episode told northforker.com.

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