Samira Wiley Height, Weight, Age, Body Statistics

0

Born Name

Samira Denise Wiley

Nick Name

Samira

Samira Wiley in an Instagram Selfie in October 2017
Samira Wiley in an Instagram Selfie in October 2017

Sun Sign

Aries

Born Place

Washington, D.C., United States

Nationality

American

 

Education

Samira Wiley went to the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, D.C.

After graduating from high school, she got enrolled at the Temple University to study acting. However, after studying for only one semester, she decided to audition for the Juilliard School in New York City. She studied theater performance at Juilliard and graduated in 2010.

Occupation

Model, producer, and actress

Family

  • Father – Dennis W. Wiley (Co-pastor of the Covenant Baptist United Church of Christ)
  • Mother – Christine Wiley (Co-pastor of the Covenant Baptist United Church of Christ)
  • Siblings – Aiyana Ma’at (Sister), Joshua Wiley (Brother)
  • Others – Rev. Hurley Wesley Wiley (Paternal Grandfather), Doris White (Paternal Grandmother)

Manager

Samira Wiley is represented by the Santa Monica-based Innovative Artists L.A.

Build

Slim

Height

5 ft 3 in or 160 cm

Weight

49 kg or 108 lbs

Girlfriend / Spouse

Samira Wiley has dated

  • Lauren Morelli – Samira Wiley started dating script-writer Lauren Morelli, while they were both working on the Netflix show, Orange is the New Black. Their relationship caused a bit of a stir as Lauren was a married woman when they began dating. She later revealed that it was while working on the show that she realized she was gay. In October 2016, Samira made their engagement public. Lauren had an epiphany to propose to her while they were holidaying at a Palm Springs resort. She ordered a yellow gold ring and made arrangements to get it delivered to the resort. Their wedding, that was held in March 2017, was a lavish and romantic affair. Samira’s parents officiated the ceremony and they opted to wear matching custom gowns by Christian Siriano.


Race / Ethnicity

Black

She has African American ancestry.

Hair Color

Black

Eye Color

Dark Brown

Sexual Orientation

Lesbian

Distinctive Features

  • Petite figure
  • Buzzcut hairdo
  • Androgynous sense of style

Brand Endorsements

Wiley has done endorsement work for the following brands

  • PayPal (2014)
  • Venus Swirl (2015)

Religion

With both her parents being pastors, she was raised in a religious household.

But her religious views as an adult aren’t known.

Best Known For

  • Being cast in the role of Poussey Washington on the Netflix comedy series, Orange Is the New Black.
  • Having played the role of Moira in the dystopian fiction TV series, The Handmaid’s Tale. She even won a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for her work on the show.

First Film

In 2011, she made her theatrical film debut in the comedy movie, The Sitter, in which Jonah Hill was cast in the lead role.

First TV Show

Her first TV show appearance was in the crime drama TV series, Unforgettable in 2011.

Personal Trainer

Samira Wiley loves to eat a healthy and big breakfast that keeps her going throughout the day. She relies on a plate of bacon, a bagel, fresh fruit, boiled eggs, oatmeal, and potatoes.

Samira Wiley Favorite Things

  • New York City Upper West Side Go-to Spot – Maoz
  • Food – Shrimp scampi from Red Lobster
  • Hot Sauce – Dragon Dust
  • Meal – Anything Ethiopian
Source – Bon Appetit

Samira Wiley Facts

  1. She realized that she wanted to become an actress at the age of 10.
  2. She has done extensive activism work for GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) and has even served as their spokesperson.
  3. She first thought of becoming a performer in the third grade after she saw a girl performing Nikki Giovanni’s Ego-Tripping in an Oratorical contest in her school.
  4. After graduating from high school, she applied to at least five big conservatory-style programs to study acting including the one offered by New York University.
  5. She decided to audition for Juilliard School after being encouraged by her teacher at Temple University, who was renowned for being tough. She was also supported by her mother.
  6. For her Juilliard callback, she had to perform in front of about 25 to 30 faculty members and when she was selected, she was one of the 18 students to be selected from about 1,500 applicants.
  7. For her extensive activism work, she was honored by the Human Rights Campaign with the Visibility Award in 2015.
  8. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter.

Featured Image by Samira Wiley / Instagram

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here