SAMIRA WI­LEY

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Wi­ley, 29, fol­lowed up her Screen Ac­tors Guild Award– win­ning role as the good-na­tured Poussey Wash­ing­ton on Orange Is the New Black with the thriller Nerve, now in the­aters. She was just cast in the Hulu adap­ta­tion of Mar­garet At­wood’s dystopian novel The Handmaid’s Tale, avail­able for stream­ing in early 2017. And on Aug. 31, she be­gins her run on the FX com­edy-drama You’re the Worst as a new char­ac­ter, Justina, a ther­a­pist.

How would you de­scribe Justina?

She’s a young pro­fes­sional who is try­ing, de­spite all odds, to do her job to the best of her abil­ity, to keep ev­ery­thing to­gether. But that’s what ev­ery­one says, right? She’s prob­a­bly a lit­tle crazy too.

How hard was it to say good­bye on the sea­son fi­nale of OITNB?

It was ex­tremely hard. I’m still in the process. I ac­tu­ally haven’t watched all of sea­son four yet be­cause do­ing that is re­ally say­ing my fi­nal good­bye and I don’t know if I’m ready for that.

How did OITNB change your life?

It has given me my ca­reer. I was a bar­tender when I first au­di­tioned, and I ac­tu­ally stayed bar­tend­ing the en­tire time that we shot sea­son one be­cause, be­ing a strug­gling ac­tor in New York, I didn’t want to put my­self in the po­si­tion of not hav­ing a job. I went from that to hav­ing it be dif­fi­cult to walk down the street.

Is there a role that you’ve al­ways wanted to play that you are hop­ing to get a chance at now?

I re­ally want to play a su­per­hero. I want to take the role-model thing up a notch. I’ve al­ways been a fan of movies and TV, and to be able to play the ul­ti­mate TV su­per­hero would be awe­some.

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