Warning: The following post contains major spoilers from Season 4 of Orange Is the New Black, which is currently streaming on Netflix.
Fans of Orange Is the New Black star Samira Wiley don’t have to worry about missing her presence on their television screens for too long. On Monday, it was announced that the talented 29-year-old had landed a role on the critically-lauded FXX comedy series You’re the Worst for its upcoming third season. Wiley is said to be portraying Justina, a therapist who, while dealing with her own issues, finds herself counseling the clinically depressed Gretchen (lead star Aya Cash).
While her move to You’re the Worst is the first that officially moves her away from the Netflix staple, it manages to maintain quite the interesting connection to the series that brought her to prominence. You’re the Worst writer Stephen Falk not only worked on OITNB in 2014, but he just so happened to be directly involved in bringing together the backstory for Wiley’s character, Poussey Washington.
In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter regarding her hiring, Falk waxed poetically about the time they spent together while working on the Poussey-centric episode, “You Also Get a Pizza.”
“Samira is an incredibly talented, thoughtful and exciting actress. When I worked on Orange Is the New Black, I got to write the episode with Poussey’s backstory, and we had such a good time that early on in writing this season of You’re the Worst, I hit on the random thought of having Samira play Gretchen’s therapist. It seemed like kind of a weird choice, given that she’s younger, and on another show, but once it came to mind, the idea of casting anyone else bummed me out. So I didn’t.”
As luck would have it, Falk would get his wish thanks to a surprising development that played out during the penultimate episode of OITNB’s fourth season.