Samira Wiley Doesn't Know Why a Poussey-Taystee Spin-Off Hasn't Happened Yet

January 31, 2019
3mo ago

By Samantha Errico

Actress Samira Wiley has a promise for fans of her character Moira in "The Handmaid's Tale:" She's both in season three and alive. At least for now.

"We should just be happy that's a thing," she told Cheddar Thursday.

The same can't be said for her beloved "Orange Is the New Black" character Poussey, who died during the show's fourth season.

"It was one of the innovators," Wiley told Cheddar of the wildly popular Netflix series that launched her career. When "Orange Is the New Black" premiered on the streaming service, "it was one of the first shows that really showed women [differently]," she said, adding that the show dramatically shifted the conversation about diversity on the small screen.

Now Wiley is participating in a related conversation off screen ー body diversity. She, alongside model Iskra Lawrence and actresses Busy Philipps and Jameela Jamil, will be featured in American Eagle's #AerieREAL Role Model campaign to challenge unrealistic beauty standards.

"It's about representing women of all shapes and sizes and colors," Wiley said. "I'm just excited to be part of the conversation."

To Wiley, it's a privilege she doesn't take lightly ー on camera and off.

"I do think that everyone has a path, and I do think I am somehow walking down the path has been laid out for me. And to know that includes being able to portray all these wonderful, strong women for the next generation ー that's awesome," Wiley said.

What's next for the actress? Fans would never say no to a Poussey spin-off ー even one that takes place in the afterlife.

"Poussey and Taystee, I don't know why that hasn't happened yet," Wiley said.

For full interview click here.