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Samira Wiley

Actress; Best Known for Her Role in "Orange is the New Black" & "The Handmaid's Tale"

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From Washington, D.C., Samira Wiley is a graduate of Duke Ellington School of the Arts. Her parents are the co-pastors of Covenant Baptist United Church of Christ. Wiley's parents have been referred to as "pillars of the LGBT religious community," as the Covenant Baptist Church was the only Baptist church in Washington D.C. performing same-sex unions in 2007. Wiley herself identifies as lesbian.

Wiley studied drama at the Juilliard School in New York, graduating in 2010. She trained in theater performance and worked mainly in theater in her early career. In 2011, she played Maria in a production of Love's Labour's Lost by The Public Theater.

When the Netflix television series Orange Is the New Black came into development, she was told about the auditions by a friend from Juilliard, Marco Ramirez, who was a writer for the show. After she discovered that another Juilliard friend, Danielle Brooks, had won a role in the show, Wiley asked Brooks to rehearse lines with her to prepare for her audition for the role of Poussey Washington, the on-screen best friend of Brooks' character. Wiley's audition was ultimately successful; she appeared in all twelve episodes of the series' first season and was featured prominently throughout the second season. The darker and more violent plot of the second season allowed for the growth of Samira Wiley's character Poussey Washington. These evolved story lines lead to Wiley's prolonged screen exposure and ultimate development as a "fan-favorite." She was promoted to series regular for the third season.

Wiley's first major acting role was in the 2011 comedy film, The Sitter. In between seasons of Orange Is the New Black, Wiley filmed Rob the Mob, an independent crime film directed by Raymond De Felitta.

In 2014, Samira Wiley was named OUT100 Magazine's Ingénue of the Year. In February 2015, Samira Wiley was awarded the Human Rights Campaign's Visibility Award. According to the Human Rights Campaign's website, Wiley was always accepted and embraced by her parents, regardless of her sexuality, and to this she attributes her success.

In part, Samira Wiley won the 2015 Screen Actor's Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, along with numerous members of the cast of Netflix's Original Series Orange Is The New Black.

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    Booking fees for Samira Wiley, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Samira Wiley, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR Samira Wiley?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Samira Wiley for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Samira Wiley for your next private or corporate function.
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Samira Wiley

Actress; Best Known for Her Role in "Orange is the New Black" & "The Handmaid's Tale"

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Samira Wiley Biography

From Washington, D.C., Samira Wiley is a graduate of Duke Ellington School of the Arts. Her parents are the co-pastors of Covenant Baptist United Church of Christ. Wiley's parents have been referred to as "pillars of the LGBT religious community," as the Covenant Baptist Church was the only Baptist church in Washington D.C. performing same-sex unions in 2007. Wiley herself identifies as lesbian.

Wiley studied drama at the Juilliard School in New York, graduating in 2010. She trained in theater performance and worked mainly in theater in her early career. In 2011, she played Maria in a production of Love's Labour's Lost by The Public Theater.

When the Netflix television series Orange Is the New Black came into development, she was told about the auditions by a friend from Juilliard, Marco Ramirez, who was a writer for the show. After she discovered that another Juilliard friend, Danielle Brooks, had won a role in the show, Wiley asked Brooks to rehearse lines with her to prepare for her audition for the role of Poussey Washington, the on-screen best friend of Brooks' character. Wiley's audition was ultimately successful; she appeared in all twelve episodes of the series' first season and was featured prominently throughout the second season. The darker and more violent plot of the second season allowed for the growth of Samira Wiley's character Poussey Washington. These evolved story lines lead to Wiley's prolonged screen exposure and ultimate development as a "fan-favorite." She was promoted to series regular for the third season.

Wiley's first major acting role was in the 2011 comedy film, The Sitter. In between seasons of Orange Is the New Black, Wiley filmed Rob the Mob, an independent crime film directed by Raymond De Felitta.

In 2014, Samira Wiley was named OUT100 Magazine's Ingénue of the Year. In February 2015, Samira Wiley was awarded the Human Rights Campaign's Visibility Award. According to the Human Rights Campaign's website, Wiley was always accepted and embraced by her parents, regardless of her sexuality, and to this she attributes her success.

In part, Samira Wiley won the 2015 Screen Actor's Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, along with numerous members of the cast of Netflix's Original Series Orange Is The New Black.

Samira Wiley Videos

  • Danielle Brooks and Samira Wiley From OITNB Play The BFF Game ...
  • OITNB's Samira Wiley on Poussey plot twist - YouTube
  • Orange is the New Black's Samira Wiley and Danielle Brooks Interview

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  • How to book Samira Wiley?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Samira Wiley for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Samira Wiley, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Samira Wiley or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Samira Wiley?

    Booking fees for Samira Wiley, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Samira Wiley, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Samira Wiley?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Samira Wiley for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Samira Wiley for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Samira Wiley or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Samira Wiley or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Samira Wiley is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Samira Wiley for your event is $50,000 - $100,000. Samira Wiley generally travels from and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Diane Guerrero, Gabrielle Union, Hill Harper, Yvonne Orji and Amandla Stenberg. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Samira Wiley for an upcoming event.

Samira Wiley Speaker Videos

  • Danielle Brooks and Samira Wiley From OITNB Play The BFF Game ...
    OITNB's Samira Wiley on Poussey plot twist - YouTube
  • Orange is the New Black's Samira Wiley and Danielle Brooks Interview
    Samira Wiley Receives the Visibility Award - YouTube

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All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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