A pair of NYPD officers are offering a heartfelt, if somewhat shameless, apology to Taylor Schilling after allegedly scaring the crap out of the Orange Is the New Black star. In a recent interview, the 29-year-old actress, who plays Piper Chapman in the Netflix prison series, says she feared she had run afoul of the law in real life when she was stopped in the middle of the street recently. As it turned out, the two female officers just wanted to gush about how much they liked the show.
“I felt so bad because I couldn’t even pull it together and say, ‘Hey thanks,’” Schilling told Kelly Ripa and Anderson Cooper last month. “I was so scared, and then they just drove away.”
Now Schilling’s biggest fans in blue are trying to get the actress’ attention online. Dressed in their uniforms and grinning ear to ear, the NYPD officers tweeted a playful photo apology to Schilling on July 10, asking, “How could u be afraid of these faces???”
Each of the officers clutch a handmade sign. “So sorry we scared you…” reads one. The other reads: “We’d spend a month in the SHU to hang out with you.” The SHU is law enforcement shorthand for Special Housing Unit, more commonly known as solitary confinement. From what we hear, solitary is particularly cruel form of punishment that often gets compared to torture. So it’s probably not the cutest thing for a cop to joke about while trolling celebrities on Twitter.
It was not immediately clear whether the officers in the tweet are the same ones who frightened Schilling on the street. We are waiting to hear official word back from the NYPD. Though in the meantime it appears that Zach Tumin, the department’s deputy commissioner for strategic initiatives, is giving the message a thumbs up. “Someone’s a fan!” he wrote on July 11, retweeting the picture to his more than 2,100 followers.
Here’s Schilling telling the original story on Live! With Kelly and Michael: