They Fell In Love on the Set of Orange Is the New Black. Wiley and Morelli, a writer and producer for Orange Is the New Black, married in an. In what is arguably the greatest love story of our time, or at least this week ' Orange Is The New Black' Writer Divorces Her Husband, Starts Dating Poussey dating Samira Wiley, the actress who plays Poussey on the show. A rap session during the filming of Orange is the New Black set the scene for a season, one of the first scripts really featuring my character, Poussey. Lauren Morelli, Writer-Producer: I'd already seen Samira's audition tape and and gotten my own place, and Samira and I had officially started dating.
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Which is why it's now a punch in the gut every time I have to say, "I'm getting divorced because I'm gay. For those of you keeping track, I'm definitely not exaggerating and I'm not prone to hyperbole, ever.
Often, after I make the declaration in as casual a voice as I can manage, the next question is, "Did you know? There was a prescribed narrative, and everything about my own story challenged the accepted one.
It was my first professional writing job, and I quickly discovered that the writers' room was a remarkably intimate place: We shared details of fights with our significant others or childhood family secrets that might be cloaked in shame otherwise, and at the end of the day, all of it could be distilled into material that made the show richer.
As we started to shape our characters and debate fictional Piper's "true" sexuality that first season, we engaged in long discussions about sex, gender and our own experiences.
I eagerly shared details of innocent, "above-the-waist" flirtations with girls when I'd been younger. And if you're trying to, Lea Delaria Big Boo will nip it in the bud by inviting you to sit on her lap.
Accordingly, I was nervous about the first love scene I'd written for Alex and Piper. I'd loved writing it, loved watching a tenderness emerge in their relationship where passion always seemed to be the ruling principle, but by that time, I was so deep in my own self-doubt that I constantly felt like a fraud. I was sure it was bleeding into my writing. How could it not?
I was married to a man, but I wasn't straight. Is that like 'I love you' for pussies? She pointed at the screen and gave me a thumb's up. It was a small gesture, but my first step toward feeling accepted and quietly accepting myself.
In Piper and Alex, I'd found a mouthpiece for my own desires and a glimmer of what my future could look like. Outside of small victories on the show, I continued to spiral downward. I felt like my life was being rewritten without my permission.
I'd checked all my boxes! I was happily married and loved my job! Things were finally great, for fuck's sake. I realized I was gay in fallone of my first days on the set.
It wasn't so much one thing, but the sum of many small details: Wanting to read a book instead of have sex is a perfectly reasonable preference to have, right? I remember this whirlwind of me falling in love in those four days. I was also bartending, and I told my coworkers. They said I was crazy. She went back to L.
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I never talk to her about anything like this, but I was completely open about how lost I felt. That was the real indicator for me: Because Lauren was finding out who she was, I became a confidant to her.
I loved her as a friend first, but after a while it was clear it was more than that. I was very open with my husband and told him. That turned into a year of going to couples therapy. It felt like my whole world was falling apart.
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I had a few queer women around me, but not many I could talk to about such a huge, vulnerable thing. Samira became my outlet, and through that process I fell in love with her. But I thought, This will be the one that got away. Being with her felt too good to be true.
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I believe Alex says it to Piper. It felt safer than using the L word. I remember walking down the street in New York and finally being able to hold her hand, and how huge that felt. Walking to the date was more romantic and mattered more than wherever we were going or whatever we were about to do. Even being in a liberal, safe place like New York, holding her hand while walking down the street still feels like a political choice.
It had been such a journey to discover my sexuality, and to claim it in this public way was incredible for me.
Maybe a year after we were officially together, we went on our first trip. We showed our true selves — maybe the ugliest, nastiest parts. We were out of our comfort zones. We were in Thailand riding elephants. I would rather have the worst day with Lauren than the best day with someone else. The trip was a total disaster. It just exposed everything. And I have all these amazing pictures of her on top of an elephant looking petrified.
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Right before Thailand, I flew to L. It was the first time we could really be together. It felt like something that would never come. Being able to write words for someone as talented as she is, watch her perform what I write, and then go to bed with her is the best thing. Last year, police brutality against black people in our country was something we were talking about a lot.
It felt really important for the show to address it.