"So Happy, So Grateful, And So Tired"

Samira Wiley and her partner, Lauren Morelli, are parents! The Handmaid’s Tale star shared the news during Mother’s Day weekend.


“Happy 1st Mother’s Day to my beautiful wife, who four weeks ago today after laboring for almost 3 days gave birth to our first child—our gorgeous daughter, George,” Samira told her Instagram fans. “Welcome to the world, baby girl,” the actress shared. “We love you and we thank you for giving us the best 1st Mother’s Day two ladies could ask for.”

Lauren Morelli also commented on her new life as a mom. “Four weeks ago today, our daughter came into the world and changed everything,” Morelli shared. “We are so happy, so grateful, and so tired,” the new mom said.

Some may know Samira Wiley from the hit series Orange Is The New Black. The actress also has a recurring role in Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale, which helped Wiley find her voice.

“It’s been a journey,” Samira said during a recent interview with ESSENCE. “It’s so interesting how fiction can teach you about your own reality. It’s so clear to me in that show how they pit women against each other,” the actress shared. “These men [on The Handmaid’s Tale] have given women a false sense of superiority over each other and have put a divide between these women so they don’t even understand the power they have by supporting one another,” Samira revealed.

Sisterhood has become the focus of Wiley’s platform outside of work. “I’m so in touch with wanting to cultivate sisterhood and knowing that me helping you, and you succeeding, is also me succeeding,” Samira shared. “I have a voice,” the actress declared. “People are looking at you, and you have to choose what you’re going to use that for. It’s kind of not an option to not use it.”

Samira and Lauren’s daughter, George Elizabeth, was born on April 11, 2021. The little one is the couple’s first child.

Photo: Getty Images



Sarie is a writer and editor for BCK's Los Angeles division. She also shares stories on Medium that are meant to encourage thought and discussion. You can catch her outside enjoying nature and classical literature. Pop culture is pretty fun, too!

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