Lauren Morelli, a writer for Orange
is the New Black, has come out, saying working on the show made
her realize she's gay.
“I realized I was gay in fall 2012,
one of the first days on the set,” Morelli
wrote in May.
She said she “constantly felt like a
fraud” while writing the relationship between Alex and Piper.
“Accordingly, I was nervous about the
first love scene I'd written for Alex and Piper,” she said. “I
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
“I went through it all on set: I fell
in love with a woman, and I watched my life play out on screen. And
now, as we are gearing up for the release of Season 2, it feels
liberating and appropriate to live my life in front of you.”
According to TMZ.com, Morelli and
husband of two years, Steve Basilone, filed for divorce jointly in an
And the woman she's referring to is
Samira Wiley, who plays Poussey Washington on the hit comedy series.