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Samira Wiley reveals how she fell in love with wife Lauren Morelli

Josh Jackman April 5, 2018
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 21: Writer Lauren Morelli (L) and actor Samira Wiley attend the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. 27522_011 (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Turner)

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Orange is the New Black star Samira Wiley has opened up about how she fell for her wife Lauren Morelli.

Samira Wiley, who has added a leading role on The Handmaid’s Tale to her breakthrough role as Poussey Washington, married Morelli last year in a beautiful intimate ceremony, a little over four years after the pair met on the OITNB set.

Samira Wiley and Lauren Morelli wedding
Samira Wiley and Lauren Morelli in gorgeous white dresses (Lauren Morelli / Instagram)

They then went on what looked like an absolutely perfect honeymoon in Disneyland and Italy.

Samira Wiley has now revealed when she felt that initial surge of desire for Lauren Morelli, a writer on OITNB

Speaking to BUST magazine, she said: “I was really attracted to Lauren’s mind first before I met Lauren the person.

“I got her script and I was like: ‘This person’s really talented, I can’t wait to meet this person.'”

Actor Samira Wiley and Lauren Morelli attend the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
Samira Wiley and Lauren Morelli in California. (Getty)

She admitted: “Well, okay, I’m a little biased.

“It was the first script that my [character’s] name was actually in, where she says her name is Poussey. It’s the ‘accent à droite’ script.

“But then there was this rap battle in it and I was like: ‘Who is this writer? They just wrote a whole rap battle.’ I just assumed that they were going to be a person of colour.

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“They were not. Let’s just say – shout out – my wife can write raps.”

Wiley, 30, said that seeing Morelli take control on set had deepened her attraction.

“I just remember her coming to set and me being able to watch her be a boss from afar, telling whatever people to go this way, answering this question,” said the actress.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 07: Writer Lauren Morelli and actor and Samira Wiley attend Hulu's 2018 Golden Globes After Party at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 7, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for Hulu)
Writer Lauren Morelli and actor and Samira Wiley posing in black dresses (Getty)

“Just seeing her literally be the person in charge was really attractive to me.”

Wiley said that they needed to go on a journey of self-exploration together to get to the point where they could start dating.

This was particularly pertinent as Morelli was married to a man when she met Wiley and only realised she was a lesbian in 2012, during one of her first days on the OITNB set.

Samira Wiley and Lauren Morelli
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“I remember those first months with her, trying to figure out her journey with her own sexuality,” Wiley recalled.

“Feeling like she picked me as the person she was going to talk to about all of it. And it wasn’t sexual, it was just like a friend. There was something deeply intimate about that, whether there was sexual tension there or not,” she continued.

“The deep intimacy of being two people talking about the core of who we are. Talking about our journeys.

Writer Lauren Morelli and actor and Samira Wiley with ring
Lauren Morelli and Samira Wiley smiling, showing off a dazzling ring.

“Not even necessarily flirting on set, but on the phone, thousands of miles apart, talking about ‘Who are we? And does this make me a different person? Does this actually make me who I am now?’

“That’s how we fell in love.”

The couple were together for three years before they got engaged. They went on holiday to Palm Springs – where they would marry a year later – and Morelli surprised Wiley with a proposal.

“Lauren has been married before, so I wanted her to tell me she was ready, her to be the one to propose. I didn’t know she was as ready as she was. I was completely shocked,” Wiley told Out Magazine.

“She was hyperventilating. I thought, Oh, this is not good. This has gone too far,” recalled Morelli.

“She was very clear she’d wait for me to be ready, so to give her something I knew she wanted so much was incredible. It was the most magical day of my life.”

More: entertainment, Hulu, Lauren Morelli, lesbian, netflix, OITNB, orange is the new black, samira wiley, Television, The Handmaid's Tale, US, US

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