Samira Wiley, the actress who plays Poussey, on Orange Is The New Black is engaged! Wiley is going to marry one of the show’s writers and producers, Lauren Morelli.
The happy couple posted a picture of themselves giggling with a beautiful diamond ring on Wiley’s finger. They captioned the picture simply with the word “Yes.”
Morelli was married to a man when the show started filming. However, she soon found herself reflecting on her own sexuality and her relationship. “I realized I was gay in fall 2012,” she said, “one of my first days on the [OITNB] 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 a ‘not very sexual person,'” wrote Lauren in an essay. “When considered alone, these seemed like little quirks that made me me. Wanting to read a book instead of have sex is a perfectly reasonable preference to have, right? But on set, these small moments came into sharp relief, and I found myself answering to an endless stream of cast members who peppered me with questions like a gaggle of kindergarteners curious about their new teacher. ‘Are you dating anyone?’ ‘You’re married?’ ‘To a man?’ ‘But you used to kiss girls?’ ‘Do you miss it?’ I was finally forced to consider a question that had never, ever occurred to me before: ‘Holy s–t, am I gay?'”
“I went through it all on set: I fell in love with a woman, and I watched my life play out on screen…It feels liberating and appropriate to live my life in front of you,” added Morelli.
Soon after her coming out, Lauren divorced her husband and began dating Samira. The two have been an item for the last two years, and now are making it official. Congrats to the happy couple!