Marc Snetiker
May 23, 2014 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black already had an awesome array of tough broads, but new cast member Lorraine Toussaint might play the meanest mother of all: Vee, a former drug peddler with an incredibly dark past. She viciously shakes up the prison dramedy’s second season (premiering June 6) — choosing an unexpected drug mule. ”I would be doing scenes and surprising myself because Vee was just as much of a mystery to me,” says Toussaint, 54. ”She really does color outside the lines.” While Vee may polarize the inmates of Litchfield, off camera Toussaint took a friendlier approach with the close-knit cast. ”I know how to enter someone’s home as a gracious guest,” says the TV veteran, who’s best known as tenacious lawyer Rene on Lifetime’s Any Day Now. ”This ain’t my first rodeo.”

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