Samira Wiley (Orange is the New Black) will join season three of Stephen Falk’s FX comedy You’re the Worst.  This will be her first role since the hit Netflix series, Orange is the New Black (OITNB), and will reunite Wiley with Falk for a second time.  Falk was responsible for writing the backstory of Wiley’s beloved character, Poussey, on OITNB.

“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.” – Stephen Falk, You’re the Worst, Creator

Wiley will star as Justina, the therapist to Aya Cash’s Gretchen.  Her character will help Gretchen ease into a treatment for mental health, as she recovers from her recent onset of depression and deals with new challenges that lie ahead.  Justina is a great therapist; however; however, she is also trying to figure out her own life, including what to do about her unambitious boyfriend and thirsty need to Foursquare her every move.

“It feels a little full circle or serendipitous that it’s happening in this way.  He’s [Stephen Falk] a great guy and I’m so excited to be able to work for him.  [The character is] totally different [from Poussey], which is everything I want to do now. Orange and Poussey have given me my life as an actor, and where I am in my career right now.  But I am an actor at the end of the day and I want to make sure I can show the world different parts of myself.  Poussey is not all that I am and as an actor, I want to be able to play roles that are wildly different from the last role that I’ve played.  In terms of roles that I’m seeking now and movies that I’m doing, that’s the goal. To do things that are on the other end of the spectrum from Poussey.” – Samara Wiley

Wiley is originally from Washington DC, and graduated from the Julliard School.  Her first major acting role was in 2011 in the comedic feature film The Sitter, and between seasons of OITNB, she filed independent film, Rob the Mob, directed by Raymond De Felitta.

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