New mom Samira Wiley made her first talk show appearance since the birth of her daughter with writer and producer Lauren Morelli, on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and she was nothing but smiles.
As soon as Kimmel mentioned the new baby, Wiley’s face lit up. She and Morelli had revealed the birth of their daughter on Mother’s Day. “Happy 1st Mother’s Day to my beautiful wife, who four weeks ago today after laboring for almost 3 days gave birth to our first child—our gorgeous daughter, George,” she posted on Instagram.
When Kimmel asked how she and Morelli picked the name George Elizabeth for their daughter, Wiley said it was a simple decision.
“People are very confused, some people, by it,” she said. “We got to teach the new generation about this because I wish that I had some really in-depth story to tell people about George, cause I know that’s what people want and you got to give the people what they want.”
When it came down to it, Wiley and Morelli simply liked the name. “I just really like the name, I just think it’s really cute,” Wiley said. “I tried to do some research, I found out in the 1800s it was a girl's name, but people don’t believe me when I say that.”
Kimmel offered that he has heard of girls named George, and Wiley replied, “I know! Nancy Drew! Her best friend’s name was George? You read that?” When Kimmel said he hadn’t, Wiley revealed, “Me neither, somebody told me.”
Wiley isn’t the only star challenging gender norms when it comes to raising their children. WNBA star Layshia Clarendon, who is trans and uses he/she/they pronouns, recently said that she and wife Jessica are only using gender-neutral pronouns with their baby.
“We know gender is something that an individual person decides for themselves, and it can change,” Clarendon said in a video posted on social media. “When kids are assigned male or female at birth, then parents give them pronouns. They’re like, ‘You were born with a vagina, and you’re a she.’ Or, ‘You were born with a penis, and they’re a he.’ We were intentional about that. We wanted to create a space for our child where they could have ownership and consent over their bodies.”
Wiley is currently starring in The Handmaid’s Tale at Hulu. The latest episode of that series ended in a big cliffhanger for Wiley’s character, as she had a long-awaited reunion with another character. The first five episodes of The Handmaid’s Tale are currently streaming, and new episodes will continue to release weekly on Wednesdays on the streaming network.