Orange is The New Black writer Lauren Morelli was five months into her first marriage, to a man, when she started working for the Netflix series. Within a few days on set she came to the realization, at the age of 31, that she was gay. Morelli and Basilone filed for divorce jointly and split amicably, according to documents obtained by TMZ. In May, the writer penned an essay on Identities. How could it not?
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It was 9 degrees on Fifth Avenue, and I wore New Balances and a pair of wool socks — but I sucked it up because this was the climax of their season-long arc: A scene where both characters are finally forced to be honest after months of lying to each other. It was a scene I'd written with words shamelessly borrowed from my own life, and as 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 any story worth telling, there's conflict. And so, while it certainly would have been disorienting to begin to question my sexuality after three decades of knowing myself, it was particularly blinding because I'd gotten married only a few months before.
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According to Morelli , it was writing scenes for Piper and Alex that gave her clarity on her own sexuality. I realized I was gay in fall , one of my first days on the set. It wasn't so much one thing, but the sum of many small details: Wanting to read a book instead of have sex is a perfectly reasonable preference to have, right? But on set, these small moments came into sharp relief, and I found myself answering to an endless stream of cast members who peppered me with questions like a gaggle of kindergartners curious about their new teacher.