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'Out' Wasn't the New Black for Samira Wiley, Star Reveals

by Kilian Melloy
Thursday Oct 11, 2018

"Orange is the New Black" alum Samira Wiley — who now stars in Hulu's dystopian drama "The Handmaid's Tale" — said in a recent interview that she was outed by a fellow "OITNB" cast member, reports Entertainment Weekly.

"I cried a lot," Wiley disclosed on the Oct. 8 edition of the "Nancy" podcast, EW reported. Added the actor, "I tried to get it taken down."

Wiley said that another member of the "Orange is the New Black" cast had been speaking about who in the show's cast was gay. That colleague cited Wiley by name, the actor said. Wiley — who is now out and married to "OITNB" writer Lauren Morelli — went on say that she "had a journey" around the unexpected disclosure.

"More specifically, that's something that somebody took form me. You should be able to come out on your own terms," Wiley related.

In the end, however, "I'm very, very happy it's worked out this way," Wiley said.

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Assistant Arts Editor. He also reviews theater for WBUR. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.


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