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It turns out that the most interesting love connections on Orange Is the New Black are happening behind the scenes. Lauren Morelli, a writer for the hit Netflix show, has filed for divorce from her husband of two years, Steve Basilone, and is now dating actress Samira Wiley, who plays Poussey Washington on the show. Lauren came out as a lesbian back in May when she penned an essay for Identities.Mic to talk about how working on the show helped her come to terms with her sexual identity. She wrote:
"I realized I was gay in fall 2012, one of my first days on the set. 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? [ . . . ] I am now out to my family, my friends and most of my co-workers on Orange (and now to you, dear reader). 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. "
Lauren and Samira made their first public appearance as a couple at the Emmy Awards in August. However, their romance went largely unnoticed until Lauren and Steve, who also works as a TV writer, filed their joint divorce petition.
Source: Instagram user lomorellli