Congrats are in order for Lauren Morelli and Samira Wiley! The ‘OITNB’ writer and the ‘OITNB’ star are engaged! We all know Samira as Poussey on the hit Netflix show, but you may be a little unfamiliar with Lauren. Here’s everything you need to know about Lauren!
1. She was a ballet dancer before she was a writer.
She majored in modern dance at Marymount Manhattan College. She started interning at Village Voice and revealed she immediately felt more comfortable with writing than she did performing.
2. Her first professional writing position was on Orange Is The New Black!
After giving up dance for writing, she didn’t have a writing job for over a year. In November 2012, her agent called to tell her the he’d submitted her for OITNB. Eventually, she got the job!
3. She was married before dating Samira.
Lauren filed from divorce from her husband of two years, Steve Basilone, in Sept. 2014. They remained friends after their split.
4. They fell in love on the set of Orange Is The New Black.
Lauren and Samira first met on the set of the Netflix show. They began openly dating in 2014. They have been very public about their romance on social media.
5. She came out as a lesbian in 2014.
Lauren realized she was gay while writing for Orange Is The New Black. “I realized I was gay in fall 2012, one of my first days on the set,” she wrote in an essay on Identities.Mic in 2014. “Accordingly, I was nervous about the first love scene I’d written for Alex and Piper. I 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.”
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