'Orange Is the New Black' Star Samira Wiley Engaged to Show Writer Lauren Morelli

by Antoinette Bueno 10:47 AM PDT, October 04, 2016
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Congratulations are in order for actress Samira Wiley and writer Lauren Morelli!

The couple announced they're engaged on Instagram on Tuesday, with a joyful selfie in which 29-year-old Wiley prominently sports her sparkly new engagement ring.

"Yes," Wiley captioned the pic.


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Morelli posted the same snap on her own Instagram, adding a heart emoji.

The pair has been dating since 2014. Morelli, a writer for Orange Is the New Black, was previously married but she and her husband jointly filed for divorce after she realized upon joining the staff that she was a lesbian. In an essay she wrote for in May 2014, Morelli said that the OITNB storyline between Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling) and her ex-girlfriend, Alex Vause (Laura Prepon), was a huge push for her to come out, after only being married a few months.

"I was nervous about the first love scene I'd written for Alex and Piper," Morelli wrote. "I'd loved writing it, loved watching a tenderness emerge in their relationship where passion always seemed to be the ruling principle, but by that time, I was so deep in my own self-doubt that I constantly felt like a fraud. I was sure it was bleeding into my writing. How could it not? I was married to a man, but I wasn't straight."

"I found a mouthpiece for my own desires and a glimmer of what my future could look like," she added.

Thanks for the weekend, my love. See you soon, boo.

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ET spoke to Wiley last month, when she talked about -- [Spoiler Alert] -- her beloved OITNB character, Poussey Washington, being killed off at the end of season four.

"I feel like I grew up on that show … Those were really formative years," she said. "I'd never played a character as long as I played Poussey. Spending time with her, so much time embodying that character, it was so -- and still is, and always will be -- so special to me and a part of who I am."

"There are so many people that are so attached to her in a way that I don't think I understood until this happened," she added.

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Watch the video below to see an exclusive look at Wiley in her latest role -- playing a pregnant mother and wife in 37 -- a retelling of the horrific true crime of Kitty Genovese's 1964 murder in New York.