'Orange Is the New Black' Writer Divorces Husband, Now Dating Actress From Show

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Lauren Morelli and Samira Wiley

"In Piper and Alex, I'd found a mouthpiece for my own desires and a glimmer of what my future could look like"

It's safe to say that working on Orange Is the New Black has changed the lives of the entire cast and crew. But perhaps one person on the show has been more affected than the rest.

Lauren Morelli, who writes for Orange, has filed for divorce from The Goldbergs producer Steve Basilone, her husband of two years. She is now dating Samira Wiley, who plays Poussey on the show. TMZ first reported that the divorce paperwork had been filed. 

Morelli came out as gay in an essay on Identities.Mic in May, explaining that writing love scenes for lesbian characters helped her come to terms with who she is. "In Piper and Alex, I'd found a mouthpiece for my own desires and a glimmer of what my future could look like," she wrote in the essay.

TMZ and Us Weekly report that Morelli is now dating Wiley, and the two were seen holding hands and dancing together at last month's Emmy parties.

Morelli posted the below photo to Instagram from the Emmys:

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