Lauren Morelli, a writer for Orange Is the New Black, and Steve Basilone, her husband of two years, have decided to file for divorce. Morelli is now reportedly dating one of the Netflix series’ female stars, Samira Wiley.
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Morelli announced her sexual preference & relationship in an essay she’d written for Identities.Mic
“I realized I was gay in fall 2012, one of my first days on the set,” the writer recalled. “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? But on set, these small moments came into sharp relief, and I found myself answering to an endless stream of cast members who peppered me with questions like a gaggle of kindergarteners curious about their new teacher. ‘Are you dating anyone?’ ‘You’re married?’ ‘To a man?’ ‘But you used to kiss girls?’ ‘Do you miss it?’ I was finally forced to consider a question that had never, ever occurred to me before: ‘Holy s–t, am I gay?'”
“I went through it all on set: I fell in love with a woman, and I watched my life play out on screen…It feels liberating and appropriate to live my life in front of you.
Kudos to her! Now back to writing the show girl! I’m addicted to #OrangeIsTheNewBlack and I can’t wait for Season 3!