Samira Wiley (a DC native and Juilliard graduate) is greatest recognized for her portrayal of Poussey Washington, the ballsy badass with a coronary heart of gold on “Orange Is the New Black.” Her haunting display screen presence — clever, depraved, nonetheless and robust; the robust and tender greatest buddy who props you up and by no means enables you to fall — made the character right into a homosexual icon. “Giving visibility to individuals who appear like me, it’s necessary work,” Wiley tells Alexa.
When (spoiler alert) Poussey was murdered by a bullying guard on Season four of the present, horrified followers took to social media to specific their loss. The brutal demise scene was, paradoxically, written by “OITNB” author/producer Lauren Morelli, who occurred to be Wiley’s girlfriend at the time. The two met on set in 2012 and have been married final Might in a fairy-tale-glam Palm Springs ceremony that was lined by Martha Stewart Weddings.
In the meantime, Wiley’s star continues to rise. After her “Orange” run, it wasn’t lengthy earlier than she transitioned into one other courageous and highly effective lesbian function: Moira on “The Handmaid’s Story.” Wiley just lately nabbed a GLAAD Media Award for her work on that Hulu collection, the second season of which is streaming now.
“I’ve now performed two sort of larger-than-life LGBT characters and I’d prefer to assume they’re making an impression,” she says. “We knew ‘Handmaid’s Story’ was necessary work after we began capturing — however that was truly earlier than the [presidential] election. After November 2016, we began to comprehend simply how necessary it actually is.”