Orange Is The New Black’s Samira Wiley Talks Rise to Fame in DIVA Magazine

Samira Wiley DIVA Magazine July 2015 – 01b


Samira Wiley Covers DIVA Magazine July 2015

Samira Wiley Covers DIVA Magazine July 2015

Orange Is The New Black fan favorite Samira Wiley covers UK-based DIVA Magazine‘s July 2015 issue.

In her cover story, “Poussey Riot” (titled after her loveable OITNB character Poussey Washington), she speaks on her sudden rise to fame thanks to the hit Netflix series, which just released its third season and will return for a fourth.

Check photos from her Sophy Holland-lensed shoot and interview snippets below.

Samira Wiley for DIVA Magazine July 2015 photographed by Sophy Holland

Samira Wiley for DIVA Magazine July 2015 photographed by Sophy Holland

On Poussey:

“Poussey is sort of this hero, you know? She’s someone we all strive to be.”

Samira Wiley for DIVA Magazine July 2015 photographed by Sophy Holland

Samira Wiley for DIVA Magazine July 2015 photographed by Sophy Holland

On being a role model in the LGBT community:

“Knowing my life has given [people] hope, and inspired them, and given them courage? I can’t believe it. I’m like, that’s me? I’m doing that? I don’t even have the words.”

Samira Wiley for DIVA Magazine July 2015 photographed by Sophy Holland

Samira Wiley for DIVA Magazine July 2015 photographed by Sophy Holland

On keeping her relationship private:

“I’m such a baby when it comes to this fame stuff. I’m still trying to figure out the line between my public life and what I will keep private – just for my own sanity.”

Samira Wiley for DIVA Magazine July 2015 photographed by Sophy Holland

Samira Wiley for DIVA Magazine July 2015 photographed by Sophy Holland

On dealing with with her sudden fame:

“With each passing day it becomes a little easier and I can walk through the world with a little more confidence and not as awkward as I was before.”

Samira Wiley for DIVA Magazine July 2015 photographed by Sophy Holland

Samira Wiley for DIVA Magazine July 2015 photographed by Sophy Holland

[via buzzfeed.com]

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