In the Orange Is the New Black writer's room, life really does imitate art!
Lauren Morelli, a writer for the hit Netflix show, and her husband jointly filed for divorce after Morelli realized upon joining the OITNB staff that she was a lesbian. She says the story line 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.
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"I was nervous about the first love scene I'd written for Alex and Piper," Morelli wrote in an essay for Identities.Mic in May. "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 of the characters.
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Morelli is now dating OITNB actress Samira Wiley, who plays Poussey. The ladies made their red-carpet debut as a couple at the 2014 Emmy Awards.