Samira Wiley reflects on her early romance with wife Lauren Morelli

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Samira Wiley, the star of The Handmaid’s Tale, reflected on her early romance with wife Lauren Morelli in a new interview.

Speak in Cosmopolitan UK’s Can spend On Tuesday, the actress, 33, admitted she was both a ‘confidant’ and ‘therapist’ to the screenwriter, 38, who struggled to come to terms with her sexuality while creating Orange Is The New Black.

In 2014, Lauren, who was married to Stephen Basilone until that year, revealed in an essay that working on the Netflix show helped her realize she was gay, and Samira claimed that their relationship was built ‘backwards’ as a result.

'We built the relationship backwards': Samira Wiley, star of The Handmaid's Tale, reflected on Tuesday in an interview with Cosmopolitan UK about her early romance with wife Lauren Morelli

‘We built the relationship backwards’: Samira Wiley, star of The Handmaid’s Tale, reflected on Tuesday in an interview with Cosmopolitan UK about her early romance with wife Lauren Morelli

Samira, who has been married to Lauren since 2017, explained, “ So much of falling in love with Lauren was her own coming-out story.

For the first part of our relationship, it was more of a trusting relationship where she had a lot of questions about who she was.

“A big part of the beginning was that I was a therapist and shared my own experiences. I came out much earlier than she was – I was around 20 years old. ‘

Help: Samira admitted she was both a 'confidant' and 'therapist' to the screenwriter, 38, who struggled to come to terms with her sexuality during the making of Orange Is The New Black

Help: Samira admitted she was both a 'confidant' and 'therapist' to the screenwriter, 38, who struggled to come to terms with her sexuality during the making of Orange Is The New Black

Help: Samira admitted she was both a ‘confidant’ and ‘therapist’ to the screenwriter, 38, who struggled to come to terms with her sexuality during the making of Orange Is The New Black

Comes Out: In 2014, Lauren (pictured in 2018), who was married to Stephen Basilone until that year, revealed her by working on the Netflix show to help her realize she was gay

Comes Out: In 2014, Lauren (pictured in 2018), who was married to Stephen Basilone until that year, revealed her by working on the Netflix show to help her realize she was gay

Comes Out: In 2014, Lauren (pictured in 2018), who was married to Stephen Basilone until that year, revealed her by working on the Netflix show to help her realize she was gay

She continued: ‘Lauren is the most lovely person, as well [we were] able to make that relationship flourish from being afraid of what happened in her own marriage to the other side and [realising]”Oh, this is more than this, we really love each other.”

We built the relationship backwards – the trust and love was all there, and the other things came later. That was a unique way to get into it, but I wouldn’t change it for the world. ‘

The happy couple were married in a ceremony led by Samira’s parents, and she said that by making their romance public, they could help “ so many young girls and boys ” to spot a strange couple.

Reflective: Samira, who has been married to Lauren since 2017, said, 'So much about falling in love with Lauren was her own coming-out story ... a big part of the beginning was that I was a therapist'

Reflective: Samira, who has been married to Lauren since 2017, said, 'So much about falling in love with Lauren was her own coming-out story ... a big part of the beginning was that I was a therapist'

Reflective: Samira, who has been married to Lauren since 2017, said, ‘So much about falling in love with Lauren was her own coming-out story … a big part of the beginning was that I was a therapist’

Unconventional: Samira continued, “We built the relationship backwards - the trust and love were all there, and the other things came later.  That was a unique way to get in '

Unconventional: Samira continued, “We built the relationship backwards - the trust and love were all there, and the other things came later.  That was a unique way to get in '

Unconventional: Samira continued, “We built the relationship backwards – the trust and love was all there, and the other things came later. That was a unique way to get in ‘

Looking back, Samira said, “It was the best day of my life. There is always a question in our relationship about what things we keep to ourselves and what things should be public.

‘It was a difficult decision. But then we felt that there are so many young girls and boys who don’t see queer couples on the covers of magazines at a wedding who are proud of who they are and who [their] parents perform.

Those are things some queer people have never seen. And I want them to know it’s a possibility. It’s a constant conversation.

Smitten: The happy couple were married at a ceremony led by Samira's parents, and the actress (pictured in January 2020) gushed that it was 'the best day of my life'

Smitten: The happy couple were married at a ceremony led by Samira's parents, and the actress (pictured in January 2020) gushed that it was 'the best day of my life'

Smitten: The happy couple were married at a ceremony led by Samira’s parents, and the actress (pictured in January 2020) gushed that it was ‘the best day of my life’

‘Why should we do this? And what creates the greater good? I want to be very aware of what we’re putting out there and why I’m doing it. I am also blessed with a partner who agrees. ‘

Samira is currently filming the fourth season of The Handmaid’s Tale in Toronto, where she has been since September, and was delighted to have her wife join her in town while she works there.

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Read more: The May issue of Cosmopolitan is on sale from April 1

Read more: The May issue of Cosmopolitan is on sale from April 1

“I’m so glad Lauren was able to come,” gushed Samira. ‘It can be very lonely.

‘I’m in another country, the only people I really know here are my castmates and I don’t trust anyone else by default when it comes to being close [because of COVID]

‘I couldn’t imagine what it would be like if I didn’t have her here. Someone to keep me sane. It would take a very, very long time without each other – I am diabetic and on prescription [are that] I’m not supposed to fly that much. ‘

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Helping Others: Samira said of their public romance: 'We felt there are so many young girls and boys who don't see queer couples on the cover of magazines at a wedding who are proud'

Helping Others: Samira said of their public romance: 'We felt there are so many young girls and boys who don't see queer couples on the cover of magazines at a wedding who are proud'

Helping Others: Samira said of their public romance: ‘We felt there are so many young girls and boys who don’t see queer couples on the covers of magazines at a wedding who are proud’