The Orange is the New Black couple, actress Samira Wiley and writer Lauren Morelli, became engaged this week.


The couple met on set of the hit Netflix show and, at the time, Morelli was married to fellow writer Steve Basilone. In an essay from 2014, Morelli writes about the arc of main character Piper and her love interest Alex, despite the fact that Piper was engaged to a man. Morelli describes how her off-camera arc developed in much the same way.

“I was nervous about the first love scene I’d written for Alex and Piper,” Morelli recounts. “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.”

She fell in love with a woman on set and ended her marriage in the same year. The actress was Wiley, who played Poussey Washington on OITNB.

Both Wiley and Morelli took to Instagram (with the same photo) to share their happy news.


A photo posted by Lauren Morelli (@lomorelli) on

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