Poussey From ‘Orange Is The New Black’ Hits ‘Law & Order: SVU’: Samira Wiley Teases Her Dark Role
Many avid fans are counting the days until Orange Is the New Black Season 3 debuts on Netflix. However, what if I were to tell you that you could get a quasi-OITNB fix as early as Wednesday? Actress Samira Wiley, who plays Poussey Washington on the prison-based series, is gearing up to guest star on Wednesday night's upcoming Law & Order: SVU episode called "Perverted Justice." And as the title clearly indicates, it's going to find one of your favorite OITNB stars in the middle of a very dark storyline.
Wiley will play the role of Michelle Thompson, a young woman who sent her father to jail 17 years ago after testifying that he had sexually assaulted her when she was six years old. However, when her character has a change of heart and admits that she had been forced to lie about the whole thing, it's up to Olivia Benson & Co. to try and get to the bottom of what really happened. Like I said, pretty dark stuff, right? But it was something Wiley was eager to delve into. "I've been wanting and yearning so much to use the other side of my talents," Wiley tells Bustle. "You have to do research on some dark stuff… but it was just an all around great and interesting read."
But, of course, OITNB stars are no strangers to the Law & Order: SVU set. In fact, 31 cast members have appeared on the crime procedural (including Red, Big Boo, Nicky, Yoga Jones, Soso, Pornstache, and Pennsatucky, to name only a few), which makes it feel like kind of a club within the OITNB community. An SVU Club, perhaps?
"Yeah, totally," Wiley says. "It's such a badge of honor to be on SVU. When you become an actor you get your SAG card, that's one check. And then you get your SVU [card]." Sounds like a club I'd totally want to join! Where do I sign up? (I'm serious, guys.)
And while I certainly won't spoil what happens throughout Wiley's SVU story arc (you'll have to tune in to see how it all plays out), let's just say that she's equally as talented outside of a jail cell as she is inside of one. If you weren't already a fan of Wiley's work (in which case, what the heck is wrong with you?), rest assured you will be by episode's end.
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