Congratulations are in order for Samira Wiley! The ‘Orange is the New Black’ star is engaged to one of the show’s writers, Lauren Morelli, and she proudly flaunted her brand new sparkler on Instagram to share the news. Check it out here!
Samira Wiley has a new piece of bling — and she wants everyone to know it! The actress took to Instagram on Oct. 4 to proudly show off the engagement ring she was given from her girlfriend, Lauren Morelli. In the close-up selfie, Samira and Lauren can’t contain their excitement, as they reveal huge smiles why the Orange is the New Black star holds up her left hand. “Yes,” she captioned the pic, simply.
[SPOILER ALERT] Samira’s character, Poussey, may have been killed off the Netflix series during Season 3, but she’s definitely still part of the family — because Lauren is actually a writer for the show. They met on set when Lauren was still married to Steven Basilone, but bravely came out and wrote a lengthy essay about how meeting and falling in love with Samira made her realize her true sexuality.
“I realized I was gay in fall 2012, one of my first days on set,” she admitted in the piece. “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 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 kindergartners curious about their new teacher”
Lauren finally filed for divorce from her husband in Sept. 2014, although they still remain friendly to this day.
HollywoodLifers, are you excited for Samira and Lauren? DO you think they make a good couple?