It seems as though Samira Wiley has truly found the person for her in life. The Handmaid's Tale actress is as loved-up as could be with her partner, Lauren Morelli, and their relationship has been nothing short of a joy for fans to see blossom over the years.
Through constant public outings, joint interviews, and an ever-present showcasing of love on social media, Samira and Lauren are truly one of Hollywood's most beloved power couples today. But what are the details of their relationship beyond what appears at face value? Here's what we know.
Samira Wiley met her wife, Lauren Morelli, while working on 'Orange Is the New Black.'
Virtually since their relationship began, Samira and Lauren have been quite open about how their love came to be, and it's truly a heartwarming story. While speaking to Bust, Samira admitted that her affection for the screenwriter came before she even met her face to face: "I was really attracted to Lauren’s mind first before I met Lauren the person. I got her script and I was like, 'This person’s really talented. I can’t wait to meet this person.'"
Believe it or not, Lauren was actually married to a man at the time Orange Is the New Black began filming. However, Samira recalled that Lauren began questioning her sexuality at that same time and turned to her as a friend to confide in as she navigated this new stage in her life. Over time, that friendship grew increasingly more romantic and developed into a full-blown relationship just a few years later.
Samira and Lauren's wedding exemplified all the good things that their relationship was founded on.
After a few years of dating, Samira and Lauren were married in an intimate-yet-beautiful ceremony in Palm Springs, CA, on March 25, 2017. Their wedding, which Samira said was marked by "celebration and funfetti cake," saw the two lovers don Christian Siriano outfits and exchange vows in the beautiful ocean-backed setting.
To cap it all off, the new couple enjoyed a romantic honeymoon in Italy, where Lauren's family still lives. During their stay in the Mediterranean paradise, they shared plenty of snapshots with eager fans looking for glimpses into their world.
Lauren and Samira revealed on Mother's Day that their first child was born.
The couple decided to drop a bombshell reveal on Mother's Day 2021, and that was that Lauren had given birth to the couple's first child, a daughter named George, a month prior.
"Happy first Mother’s Day to my beautiful wife, who four weeks ago today after laboring for almost three days gave birth to our first child — our gorgeous daughter, George." Samira captioned a photo of the child being cradled by her and Lauren shared on social media.
Neither of the women even hinted at the fact that they were expecting a child throughout the duration of Lauren's pregnancy, even as rumors of them wanting to be parents swirled in the media. Nonetheless, it's clear they're ready to share their love now.
"Welcome to the world, baby girl. We love you and we thank you for giving us the best first Mother’s Day two ladies could ask for," Samira's caption went on to read. It also included the baby's birth date: April 11, 2021.
Samira and Lauren have been happily together for almost seven years now, and their journey of self-discovery through intimacy, support, and a mutual understanding of the world has fostered a pretty amazing bond between the two. Given how endearingly they've talked about potentially having kids over the years, it's only a matter of time before we see if the loving duo can translate those good attributes into their newfound parenthood as well.
We wish Lauren, Samira, and George the best of luck!