Aritzia: The morning of our shoot, Orange Is the New Black scored seven Emmy nods, and Samira Wiley is all smiles—and eager to leave. “They’re celebrating on set right now,” says the Juilliard grad, who plays the hilarious but vulnerable Poussey Washington on the breakout Netflix show. Fame “happened so suddenly,” Wiley explains. “When the show came out, people could watch [the whole season] in a weekend, so I feel like our lives changed less gradually than people on network TV shows.” Not that she’s complaining: “It’s awesome to go through it with all the other girls. I feel like we’re a family.”

It took me a really long time to accept that I could be an actor. I had been doing acting since I was ten years old but I never got acknowledgment for it until I got accepted to Juilliard. It was like, Oh, we know you’re passionate…and now maybe you’re talented too!

The number of times you’re going to get stopped on the street and get asked to take a seflie with someone is something to keep in mind. I don’t ever want to look busted these days. Not even to go to the corner store for ice cream!

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