'Orange Is the New Black' writer proposes to cast member Samira Wiley


Lauren Morelli and Samira Wiley

HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 11: Writer Lauren Morelli (L) and actress Samira Wiley attend the premiere of RADiUS' 'The Last Five Years' at ArcLight Hollywood on February 11, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images)

Samira Wiley, the actress who played Litchfield inmate Poussey Washington on Netflix's original drama "Orange Is the New Black," recently got engaged to another key contributor to the show. 

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Lauren Morelli, an "OITNB" writer and producer, proposed to Wiley on Tuesday.

Wiley posted a photo of the couple on Instagram with a simple caption: "Yes." She flashed her ring finger with the new addition.


A photo posted by Samira Wiley (@whododatlikedat) on

Morelli, who was previously married to long-term boyfriend and fellow television writer Steve Basilone, said she started questioning her sexuality while writing for the show. She came to the realization that she was gay, and she and Basilone got a divorce in 2014. The two reportedly split amicably, and Morelli appeared on one of Basilone's podcasts in 2016.

"I am now out to my family, my friends and most of my co-workers on 'Orange,'" Morelli wrote in an essay for Mic. "Now, when I am in the writers' room or on set, I no longer feel like I am stuck in the middle of two truths. I belong because my own narrative fits in alongside the fictional stories that we are telling on the show: stories of people finding themselves, of difficult paths and of redemption."

After her divorce, Morelli began dating Wiley, who she met on set.

"I went through it all on set: I fell in love with a woman, and I watched my life play out on screen," Morelli wrote. "And now ... it feels liberating and appropriate to live my life in front of ('OITNB' fans)."

Went through old pictures to try to find one that would show how happy and proud I am to be gay. This comes pretty close.

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