Actor Samira Wiley wasn’t looking to take on the role of another imperiled lesbian, honoring her breakout role as Poussey on 'Orange Is the New Black' to play Moira in Hulu's upcoming 'The Handmaid's Tale', premiering April 26. The newly-married, gay-in -life actor is interviewed by Anna Silman for New York Magazine.
'The Handmaid's Tale' and 'Orange Is the New Black' are both shows about women surviving oppression. Products of streaming networks that didn’t exist ten years ago, they’re part of a new wave of inclusive woman-centric programming that seeks to spark political dialogue and engage with real-world issues — a project that’s gained a sense of urgency in the wake of Donald Trump’s election. And yet Wiley’s most important role might be the one she has taken on offscreen. As as a queer woman of color thriving in an industry sorely lacking in role models, Wiley has been thrust into that strange space between actor and activist — even if “going gay” as a public figure is still something she is getting used to.
And just how beautiful is it that Samara Wiley and Lauren Morelli's March 25th Palm Springs wedding is featured in Martha Stewart Weddings? Pretty damn wonderful! ~ Anne