Essence magazine is bringing us a new and honest look on the actress who plays Orange Is The New Black’s Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren in their September issue.
Actress Uzo Aduba, 35, tells us how she’s a thrill seeker and a fitness junkie and she talks about her action career too.
“This business will try to convince you that you’re not enough,” she says in her cover story. “That you’re not pretty enough, thin enough, talented enough, interesting enough, experienced enough, and I say, ‘Enough. Enough with that!'”
Uzo explains in her interview how she struggled with growing up in Medfield, Massachusetts and merging her Nigerian roots and with her Boston upbringing. She said that when she discovered acting is when she found herself…
Her big break wasn’t as easy as her decision to act was, she failed auditions and decided to give up. She said she was going to pursue another something else.
“My heart never quit,” she recalls. “And that was the first time I felt my heart give out on me.”
And it turned out that was a good thing because 45 minutes after she decided to pursue something else, Uzo received “THE CALL” from Orange Is The New Black.
She went in for that roll as “the head of the pack” wearing the knots in her hair and it was something that they saw because her callback was for the “Crazy Eyes” roll instead.
Since Uzo debuted in the Netfliz show OITNB, she has appeared in a variety of movies and a play.
“There are millions of people in this world who choose to watch our show, and without that choosing, we would not exist,” she said. “Thank you for being open enough to allow us into your home. Thank you for seeing us and seeing that we matter.”
Since her casting, she’s also won and been nominated for a variety of awards and here is listing of all them all (according to her Wikipedia page):
“Aduba won Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series at the 66th Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards as well as Best Guest Performer in a Comedy Series at the 4th Critics’ Choice Television Awards
and was nominated for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film at the 18th Satellite Awards for her season 1 performance.
Aduba’s season 2 performance earned her the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series as well as recognition for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series at the 21st Screen Actors Guild Awards and a nomination Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film at the 72nd Golden Globe Awards.
She won a second Primetime Emmy at the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards in 2015, winning the award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.
This makes her the first actress to win both a drama and comedy Emmy for the same role.”
You can also go to her IMDB page for a listing of her awards as well.
And for more on her interview with Essence, you can pick a copy of her interview on August 12.
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