Orange Is The New Black Actress Samira Wiley Is Now Engaged!

By: Giovanni Zaburoni

“Orange is the New Black” star Samira Wiley, known to fans of the show as the character Poussey Washington recently got engaged to one of the show writers according to the Grio. She made the announcement on Instagram by flashing her new engagement ring with the caption, “Yes.”  Wiley’s character was killed off during the latest season of “Orange is the New Black,” but her fiancé, Lauren Morelli still works as a writer on the show.  She made headlines after writing an article on Identities.Mic about how she realized she was gay.  Prior to writing for the show, Morelli was married to a man and she only realized she was a lesbian after writing about the s*xual identity issues of the shows main character, “Piper.”  

Morelli says, “I realized I was gay in fall 2012, one of my first days on the set. It wasn’t so much one thing, but the sum of many small details: how uncomfortable I felt around groups of lesbians or how I considered myself (shrug) a “not very sexual person.” When considered alone, these seemed like little quirks that made me. Wanting to read a book instead of have sex is a perfectly reasonable preference to have, right?”

At 31-years-old, she thought she knew who she was.  Realizing that she was actually gay after only being married for a few months led her to a moment of depression. “If being gay meant losing the person I loved most in the world, if it meant coming out to my parents and tearing open the most vulnerable, soft parts of myself and showing them to everyone I knew, I would rather be dead.”

She worked out her issues while writing for the show, being honest with herself about her s*xuality, and living her truth.  “Mourning the end of my marriage and the identity that I’d known for my entire life, I hadn’t yet stopped to consider that I was now a part of this community. I’d been qualifying my own gayness as if it somehow counted less or might be judged if I embraced it fully.  After lugging around a basket full of shame and guilt for the last year, there was a lightness that came with realizing that I could choose to replace my negative framing with honesty and grace.  I went through it all on set: I fell in love with a woman, and I watched my life play out on screen.  I am not perfect. I would rather be comfortable than brave. I also wouldn’t mind your approval because that always feels nice.”

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