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Orange is the New Black

Who Is Samira Wiley? 5 Things to Know About the Orange Is the New Black Star

Poussey Washington wasn't one of the main characters in Orange Is the New Black Season 1, but she instantly became a fan favorite because of her warm manner, keen sense of humor, and her unbreakable friendship with Taystee. But who is the actress behind that beaming smile, Samira Wiley? We've gathered five fun facts about her right here so you can get to know this Hollywood newbie a little better.

1. She went to Juilliard. It shouldn't be a surprise that Samira is so good, because she went to one of the best acting schools in the country.

2. This was her first major role out of school. Talk about a good way to kickstart your career!

3. She is friends with Taystee in real life. Samira and Danielle Brooks, who plays Taystee, attended Juilliard together and were friends before the show. No wonder their chemistry is so good!

4. She loves Regina King. And she was thrilled when her idol tweeted at her about OITNB.

5. She adlibs some of her lines. Most notably, some of the awesomeness that was her "scared straight" scene.

Rebecca Martin is an Associate Editor at Wetpaint Entertainment and our resident Game of Thrones, Pretty Little Liars, and genre TV expert. Follow her on Twitter and Google+!