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Breast implant exploder Galina “Red” Reznikov is without doubt one of our favorite inmates at Litchfield Penitentiary on Orange is the New Black. She’s tough, sassy, and makes a (literally) mean tampon sandwich.

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But underneath that fierce exterior lies a brave woman. No, we’re not talking about her former organized-crime running self. We’re talking about the fact that Red’s IRL counterpart, actor Kate Mulgrew, played Captain Kathryn Janeway on the late ’90s / early ’00s TV series Star Trek: Voyager.

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There have been appearances by other women Starfleet captains in the Star Trek-verse, however Mulgrew is still the only woman to play a central character CAPTAIN in any Star Trek incarnation.

Here she is in action on the show.

Leading her U.S.S. Voyager crew.

And even paling around with her fellow Star Trek captains IRL.

Not too shabby for Litchfield Penitentiary’s head chef.