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Samira Wiley Bio
Wiley studied drama at the Juilliard School in New York, and graduated in 2010. She trained in theater performance and worked mainly in theater in her early career. In 2011, she played Maria in a production of Love’s Labour’s Lost by The Public Theater.
When the Netflix television series Orange Is the New Black—based on Piper Kerman‘s memoir of the same name about her experiences of being incarcerated in a women’s prison—came into development, Wiley was told about the auditions by a friend from Juilliard, Marco Ramirez, who was a writer for the show. After discovering that another Juilliard friend, Danielle Brooks, had won a role in the show, Wiley asked Brooks to rehearse lines with her to prepare for her audition for the role of Poussey Washington, the on-screen best friend of Brooks’ character. Wiley’s audition was ultimately successful; she appeared in all twelve episodes of the series’ first season and was featured prominently throughout the second season. The darker and more violent plot of the second season allowed for the growth of Wiley’s character, whose evolved story lines lead to Wiley’s prolonged screen exposure and ultimate development as a “fan-favorite.” She was promoted to series regular for the third season. The fourth season revolves heavily around her character. Wiley’s fiancée, Lauren Morelli, is a writer on the show. Morelli wrote the 12th episode of Season 4, which featured Wiley’s character. Wiley was also featured in the 16th season 21st episode of Law & Order SVU Perverted Justice Wiley portrays Michelle Thompson, a young adult wishing to recant her rape accusation of her father when she was 6 years old, and set him free. The episode received lots of positive feedback, making it a substantial part of her acting career.
Wiley appeared in an advertisement for the digital monetary service PayPal in 2014.
Wiley’s first major acting role was in the comedy film The Sitter (2011). In between seasons of Orange Is the New Black, Wiley filmed Rob the Mob, an independent crime film directed by Raymond De Felitta and released in March 2014.
Wiley has modeled for Maniac Magazine, appearing on the cover and in an editorial of the 2014 September/October issue. She was pictured modeling “a series of bold, chic, high fashion looks.” Wiley was also featured on the cover of 2014 edition of OUT Magazine along with Sam Smith, Ellen Page, and Zachary Quinto.
In December 2015, it was announced Wiley had been cast to voice the titular character in the video game The Walking Dead: Michonne. The game was released by Telltale Games in February 2016.
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