“Orange Is The New Black” hasn’t just greatly impacted its viewers. While in production, It changed the life of one of its writers. In an essay for PolicyMic, writer Lauren Morelli reveals it was during the run of the first season of “OITNB” she realized she was gay.
Morelli was newly married when she got her big break writing on the Netflix show. She says, “Five months after my wedding, I flew
to New York to start production on my first episode of ‘Orange,’ and from
that moment on my life fell into a parallel rhythm with Piper’s story
in a way that went from interesting to terrifying in a matter of
In the essay, Morrelli describes starting to question her own sexuality more and more as the show progressed and credits the writers’ room as being a place where she learned to express her freedoms.
When writing the important phone scene between Piper and Larry, Morrelli had a personal place to draw from: “… [A]s I watched Jason Biggs repeat ‘I don’t know if you can,’ after
Piper begs him to let her fix her mistakes, the world around me swirled
in a dizzying blur of life imitating art. Or vice versa — it’s hard to
say sometimes. By the end of the day I mostly was trying not to cry, and
I also couldn’t feel my feet.”
In addition, Morelli also penned Alex and Piper’s first love scene. She says of the experience, “Accordingly, I was nervous about the first love scene I’d written for
Alex and Piper. I’d loved writing it, loved watching a tenderness emerge
in their relationship where passion always seemed to be the ruling
principle, but by that time, I was so deep in my own self-doubt that I
constantly felt like a fraud.”
Some of Morelli’s parting words in the essay make us even more excited to see what she brings to the table in Season 2. “I am not perfect. I would rather be comfortable than brave. I encourage you to embrace your own narrative, whatever that may be. It will be worth the effort. I promise.”
“Orange Is The New Black” hits Netflix on June 6.