OITNB's Samira Wiley Might Surprise You with Which Character She'd Love to Play
Wiley also imagines life outside of Litchfield for Poussey and Brook Soso
Spoiler warning: For those who haven’t finished season 4 of OITNB, plot details will be revealed ahead.
Fans have grown to love Wiley’s portrayal of Poussey in the hit Netflix show, but if there had been a chance for her to bring another character to life on OITNB, well, that’s easy: Pennsatucky.
“I don’t know if I could have definitely done it, but I would have loved to play Pennsatucky,” Wiley tells PEOPLE. “Especially because she’s so funny.”
Tiffany “Pennsatucky” Doggett (played by Taryn Manning), began season 1 as the primary antagonist, but as the seasons have progressed, fans have seen a different side of her. Yet Pennsatucky’s quirky, outspoken attitude is one of the appealing aspects of her personality.
“Seriously, I would love to play Pennsatucky,” Wiley, 29, says laughing. “That’s obviously me dreaming, because I would never get cast as Pennsatucky, but that would be awesome.”
While on the subject of OITNB alternative outcomes, Wiley also dished on where she wished her character Poussey Washington’s relationship with Brook Soso (Kimiko Glenn) had ended up – had she not have died in episode 12.
“I would have loved to actually have done the things that they talked about,” Wiley tells PEOPLE. “That they would get out of prison and actually start a life together; and I don’t know where it would have gone, but they seemed like like-minded people who had the same experience in terms of being in prison – but also being people of good nature.”
Poussey was killed by the untrained guard Bayley (Alan Aisenberg) while he was trying to stop a protest. He accidentally suffocated her by kneeing her in the back as she laid faced-down unable to breathe on the cafeteria floor. Her shocking death has been making headlines for its parallels to the real-life deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.
“I don’t know what would have happened, but I would have loved to see a story that’s written about them getting out of prison and being able to go to Amsterdam and have it start there with Poussey working in a kitchen somewhere and to just figure it out,” she adds. “Have them figure out life as young people and to have a future, but sadly that will never happen.”
Season 4 of Orange Is the New Black is currently streaming on Netflix.