‘Orange Is the New Black’ Season 4: Danielle Brooks on Poussey’s Death – Variety
On Orange is the New Black, the characters Tasha “Taystee” As of the second season, OITNB hasn't incorporated Poussey and . Will your girlfriend, released two years before you, abandon you for someone new?. Orange Is the New Black writer Lauren Morelli just officially filed for divorce from She's now dating cast member Samira Wiley, who plays Poussey (Taystee's. Occupation, Actress, model, producer. Years active, ()–present. Spouse(s). Lauren Morelli (m. ). Samira Denise Wiley (born April 15, ) is an American actress and model. She is best known for playing Poussey Washington in the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black . "'Orange Is the New Black' Interview: Samira Wiley Talks Taystee-Poussey.
And you were working with Matthew Weiner for the first time. He was the perfect person for it. I just really appreciate the focus that everyone brought that day. But this is not something I can do over and over again. Because I told him: Because, he told me, the camera was blurry. She helped me in that moment. And then seeing Samira [Wiley]— Poussey — lying on that floor. It made my work much easier than it would have been if it was anyone else.
She actually helped me move into the dorm at Juilliard, when I was a student. So I have a very, very close relationship [with her]. So it made the scene much easier to shoot, actually having a connection with her. And more devastating, too.
Oh, very much more devastating. Because what was even more devastating than that — let me say this before I say that.
The relief comes in the fact that Samira is still alive. So we can cry, fake-cry, all day. We can fake-grieve all day, and hug at the end.
But the problem is that there are real people dealing with that issue. So to me, that was the hardest part. Having to try — to try. So to me, my heart just goes out to them. Because there are kids out here, adults out here, that are just clueless when it comes to Black Lives Matter. And when it comes to the Say Her Name movement.
But they are so invested in Poussey. And so invested in Taystee. Can you read that one more time? I view it as a moment for us to actually educate people.
It felt safer than using the L word. I remember walking down the street in New York and finally being able to hold her hand, and how huge that felt. Walking to the date was more romantic and mattered more than wherever we were going or whatever we were about to do. Even being in a liberal, safe place like New York, holding her hand while walking down the street still feels like a political choice.
It had been such a journey to discover my sexuality, and to claim it in this public way was incredible for me. Maybe a year after we were officially together, we went on our first trip. We showed our true selves — maybe the ugliest, nastiest parts. We were out of our comfort zones. We were in Thailand riding elephants. I would rather have the worst day with Lauren than the best day with someone else. The trip was a total disaster. It just exposed everything.
And I have all these amazing pictures of her on top of an elephant looking petrified. Right before Thailand, I flew to L. It was the first time we could really be together. It felt like something that would never come. Being able to write words for someone as talented as she is, watch her perform what I write, and then go to bed with her is the best thing.
Last year, police brutality against black people in our country was something we were talking about a lot. It felt really important for the show to address it. I was obviously honored to write the episode in which Poussey is killed.
When I sat down to write that scene and typed the part when she dies, I just started sobbing. That day, I wanted to be good and get my packing done. She got home and was just not ready to go, and I was confused. She asked me to sit next to her. Then she got me up, and we started dancing together, and she pulled a ring from behind the couch.
Lauren has been married before, so I wanted her to tell me she was ready, her to be the one to propose. I was completely shocked. I was crying uncontrollably and kept backing away from her.
That was really important to us — to have some time where it was just ours.
Orange Is the New Black cast were "outraged" at series creator for killing Poussey
We were coming up on our three-year anniversary, and I was like, I will wait until we have our three years and then propose. I thought, Oh, this is not good. This has gone too far.Orange is the New Black
It was the most magical day of my life. To see her embrace her sexual orientation the way she has is like that song: Being with Lauren taught me self-love.