1. Wiley was raised in Washington, D.C. Her parents, Christine and Dennis W. Wiley, are the co-pastors of Covenant Baptist United Church of Christ.
2. Wiley studied drama at the Juilliard School in New York, and graduated in 2010.
3. Wiley was also featured in the 16th season 21 episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, “Perverted Justice,” Wiley portrays Michelle Thompson, a young adult wishing to recant her rape accusation of her father when she was 6 years old, and set him free.
4. Wiley appeared in an advertisement for the digital monetary service PayPal in 2014.
5. Wiley has modeled for Maniac Magazine, appearing on the cover and in an editorial of the 2014 September/October issue.
6. She was pictured modeling “a series of bold, chic, high fashion looks.”
7. In December 2015, it was announced Wiley had been cast to voice the titular character in the video game The Walking Dead: Michonne.
8. On October 4, 2016, Wiley announced her engagement to Orange Is the New Black writer Lauren Morelli.
9. “‘Orange is the New Black’ star Samira Wiley on how Black Lives Matter inspired Poussey Washington”.
10. SUPERSELECTED Black Fashion Magazine Black Models Black Contemporary Artists Art Black Musicians. 31 Oct 2014.
11. Orange Is the New Black, season 2 : Aduba, Biggs, Brooks, Cox, Cruz, Curtin, DeLaria, Fowler, Freeman, Gardner, Glenn, Golden, Guerrero, Harney, Jeudy, Lake, Lapkus, Leyva, Lyonne, Manning, Marsh Garland, McGorry, Moore, Mulgrew, Myles, Pimentel, Polanco, Reiner, Roberts, Rodriguez, Rosenblat, Sandow, Savage, Schilling, Shulman, Soules, Stone, Toussaint, Tucci, Wiley