'Orange Is The New Black' writer Lauren Morelli comes out in a heartfelt essay
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 months."
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.