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Samira Wiley was born today in 1987. Raised in Washington D.C., Wiley is the daughter of Christine and Dennis (pastors of Covenant Baptist United Church of Christ) and sister to Aiyana Kai Ma’at and Joshua Wiley. A graduate of Burgundy Country Day School and The Julliard School, Wiley’s first acting role was in 2011 in The Sitter. She’s appeared on Law and Order: SVU, 37, modeled for Maniac Magazine and appeared on Out, directed indie film, Rob the Mob, and voices Michonne in Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead: Michonne. Wiley is most famous for playing Poussey Washington in Netflix’s Orange is the New Black. Wiley talks here about her feelings about the most recent and controversial season and her then-girlfriend’s role in her character’s arc.
An out (to the media) lesbian since 2014, Wiley’s parents’ church were among the few that performed same-sex marriages since 2007. Wiley married writer for Orange is the New Black, Lauren Morelli, on March 25, 2017. After Morelli discovered she was a lesbian, she left her husband, and began dating Wiley shortly after.