Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Samira Wiley Talks Emmy Nomination and Importance of Voting

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Samira Wiley

*Samira Wiley is out here making waves with her 3rd Emmy nomination for The Handmaid’s Tale.

EURweb correspondent Monique Loveless sat down with Wiley to talk about who inspires her the most, why voting is important, life during this pandemic, and of course how she feels for her 3rd Emmy nomination.

I have diabetes so I am one of those people at high risk so I’ve just been at home learning how to cook, trying to clean better and doing the domestic wife duties,” Wiley told us while letting out a laugh as she talked about how pandemic life has been for her lately.

Wiley has been nominated in 2017, 2018, and now 2020 as Moira on Hulu’s Handmaid’s Tale with the 2018 win. During her first nomination, Samira recalls sitting next to Cicely Tyson and how they had such an amazing conversation that Tyson invited Wiley back to her place to celebrate with a few others.

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“I will never forget it she gave this nine-minute speech. It wasn’t a real speech but it was her giving so many words of wisdom.” The Orange is The New Black star went on to say, “She’s definitely one I’d love to work with.”

Wiley isn’t just an amazing actress collecting awards, she also is using her platform to promote the importance of voting. Her passion shows how committed she is to get people out to vote.


“A lot of people don’t realize their rights when it comes to voting like the whole (thing) having been incarcerated and still having rights to vote,” the Emmy winner said excitedly while talking about teaching others their voting rights.

Besides bringing attention to voting in this upcoming election and taking a little downtime, the rising star still has projects on projects on projects lined up. She’s even stepping into the new territory of voice overs.

VO is very different and for The Color Purple I had to really tap into every character, as it’s so beautifully written and each character is so different,” Samira speaks on doing the Audible for The Color Purple, “ I was literally crying and shaking in the booth with this one.”

She also narrates the documentary on Netflix, Night on Earth, and has two more movies that were pushed back and have no release date yet.

With the Emmys having such a high number of black people nominated this year, it’s definitely a must-watch. Catch the Emmy Awards show Sunday, September 20, 8pm EST/5 pm PST .



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