She is the brains behind Orange Is The New Black and writer Lauren Morelli has certainly risen to career success with the hit series. Having once aspired to be a professional dancer, a back injury resulted in depression and in need of a new change of path. That is when Morelli took to writing in order to cope with the loss of dance in her life, and she began writing short stories and plays. Now, she is the lead writer of Netflix’s hit series and there is no looking back.
When Lauren Morelli started work on Orange Is The New Black, she was in a relationship with Steve Basilone, and was married to him for two years before filing for divorce. It was later revealed that Morelli had discovered her preference for women, and resulted in her coming out publicly. While writing for a character who was engaging in a lesbian romance, Morelli was embarking on her own. It so happened that it was with the actress playing that character. Morelli married Samira Wiley, who played Poussey on the show, in 2017.