*”Orange Is the New Black” standout Samira Wiley has booked a major recurring role in FXX’s original series “You’re the Worst” for its upcoming third season.
She’ll play Justina, the therapist to star Aya Cash’s Gretchen, according to The Hollywood Reporter:
The character will be featured prominently throughout the season as Justina helps Gretchen dip her toe into the waters of mental health, both in recovering from her recent depressive episode and dealing with new challenges. Justina has the unique ability to cut through Gretchen’s layers of crap and remain (mostly) unflappable, even when Gretchen is at her worst. Though she’s a great therapist, Justina isn’t exactly a paradigm of mental health — she’s very much trying to figure out her own life, including what to do about her unambitious boyfriend and thirsty need to Foursquare her every move.
Wiley’s main gig, Netflix’s “OITNB,” just unleashed its fourth run, where her character Poussey is involved in one of the season’s biggest twists. We’ll just leave it at that.
The actress has a connection at “You’re the Worst” The show’s creator Stephen Falk was not only a writer on “OITNB,” but scripted one of the most significant episodes surrounding Wiley’s character.
“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,” Falk told THR. “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.”