All are fans of Uzo Aduba from Orange is the New Black

by Evil Jenji

Crazy Eyes is a good character in Orange is the New Black. If you’re a fan of the series, you’ve probably wondered more than 15 minutes if the character should really be stuck. But what attracts me the most in Crazy Eyes is Uzo. You look at her and you want to smile like a child, returning your open smile. Yes, I’m a fan. I gathered here some information about Uzo Aduba, in case you are one of the few people who still haven’t noticed her strength, talent and ability to interpret. Start by learning what her real name is.

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Uzoamaka Nwanneka Aduba

Uzo Aduba never liked her name – See the video for understand

Uzo Aduba – Suzanne taught me so much. She taught me to stand firmly in myself. And she taught me the individuality of my power. I used to do what was expected and now I really don’t care. My mom said to me yesterday: “Life is only lived once. Don’t let it go.” And that’s what Suzanne really pressed upon me: be you and enjoy that. I am enough. (Stylist Magazine)

In fact, the actress Uzo Aduba very nearly wasn’t in the show at all. She auditioned for several roles with no success and even decided to pack in her acting career out of frustration. Luckily, the very same day she applied for law school, she was called by the producers who offered her the part.

Suzanne, otherwise known as Crazy Eyes, was not initially supposed to be a regular character, but the producers were so impressed by her performance that they asked her to stay on.

Aduba was born in Boston, Massachusetts to parents who are from Nigeria. She grew up in Medfield, Massachusetts,and graduated from Medfield High School in 1999. She attended Boston University, where she studied classical voice and competed in track and field. She describes her family as a “sports family”. Her younger brother, Obi, played hockey at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and went on to play six seasons professionally.

Her first test at OITNB was for the role of runner Janae Watson, using Uzo experience as a runner in high school and also at university. Uzo as well was a skater for 10 years.

In 2013 Aduba ran two marathons, the Boston Marathon that ended at 5:03 and the New York Marathon where she ran at 5:01.

2012 – The “Blue Bloods” series, in which she played a supporting role as a nurse, was coming to an end. The same was true with the reassembly of “Godspell” on Broadway, in which she had a prominent scene singing “By My Side”. A test he had done in the morning for a role in a new series had gone very badly. “And I was tired of being stereotyped in casting tests, of offering bad roles, of constant anxiety. I remember I missed the express train and ended up in one that I had to change lines three times. I started crying right there in the station platform. (UOL)

When he finally got home, in a distant New York suburb, Aduba was “completely at peace.” On the way to her apartment, she bought a plate of sushi and a bottle of wine, “to celebrate the decision.” Her plan was to pack and leave for South Africa, where she would work with an NGO, teaching drama and singing to children in a township on the outskirts of Cape Town. She remembers exactly the time she opened her door: 5:43 pm. The phone was ringing. She ran to answer it. She was the casting director for that series, saying that she had rocked the audition and that the role was hers. The role was Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren.

Suzanne “Crazy eyes” from OITNB

(Decider) “I took offense when people referred to her as Crazy Eyes. She’s not crazy. She’s misunderstood. She’s unique, as she once said.” Some of that unique behavior includes nonsensical tangents, writing shockingly explicit fiction, and, at times, unrestrained, dangerous bouts of violence. An official diagnosis for Suzanne was never provided, and Aduba prefers not to speculate.

“I didn’t want to lock her into one place,” she said. “One, because the writers didn’t do that, so why should I? But two, I’ve gotten messages from people from all different sides of the mental health spectrum—a social worker at a prison, a psychiatric nurse, someone who worked in a special needs class at some high school. They would say, ‘I see my son in this character; I see my patient in this character; I see myself in this character.’ And they were always different. I wanted to try to give a voice to as many different sides as I could.”

Offensive caricatures of mental disabilities are, unfortunately, all too common on film and TV, and Aduba felt anxiety about the prospect of toeing that line. But she didn’t want to let it “weigh me down,” and she certainly didn’t let it get in the way of her humor. “I mean, let’s be real—she’s funny! The writers write funny lines for her. But she also has a centered, grounded heart.”

More curiosities About Uzo Aduba

-Her parents are Nigerian.

-Her first television acting appearance came in an episode of Blue Bloods in 2012.

-Television and Broadway actress best known for her role as Crazy Eyes on the hit series Orange is the New Black.

-She made her Broadway debut in 2007 in Coram Boy.

-She won the 2014 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series and the 2015 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series for the role.

-She first started gaining attention as an actress in 2003 when she earned a Helen Hayes Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play for her performance in Translations of Xhosa at the Olney Theatre Center for the Arts.

-Uzo Aduba is one of only two actors to win a Primetime Emmy Award in both drama and comedy categories for playing the same character. The other was Ed Asner, who did it for playing Lou Grant in the comedy “Mary Tyler Moore” and the drama “Lou Grant” in the late ’70s.

-She studied classical voice and was a track and field athlete at Boston University.

-She was born in February 1981 in Boston and went on to attend Boston University on an athletics scholarship.  While there, the voice major fell in love with acting and moved to New York City after graduation to pursue a career on the stage.

-After graduating from Medfield High School, Aduba rode a track and field scholarship to the College of Fine Arts at Boston University, where she began classical voice training to refine her “very dramatic soprano,” as she calls it. At BU, she cultivated a love of the stage, and her acting teachers encouraged her to pursue acting instead or a vocal career. That encouragement, paired with a growing interest in the stage, was enough to make her switch gears and move from Massachusetts to New York City, where she pursued an acting career.

-Uzo Aduba was one of the many lucky ladies who got to join Taylor Swift onstage during her 1989 Tour in 2015. “Well, we met backstage, and we hit it off, and she asked me to come up, which was so generous of her — she’s amazing,” Uzo told Deadline. “She’s so lovely, and very, very gracious, and so kind, to share her space like that. You know, that’s an audience of 60,000 people that she has over there at the MetLife stadium, but it was so much fun. As soon as you get out there, I mean, I’m not joking you, you could almost cut it with a knife. The love and the energy is so thick.”

-Aduba added that she’s very open to switching up her look. “I’m always up for a change,” she said. “I love trying new things. I don’t feel like anybody should be like entirely married to one thing forever so I felt like changing it.”

-“I like to try and match the music to where my rhythm is in the training,” Uzo shared. She’s timed Frozen‘s “Let it Go” to about halfway through her run. “I start belting it out in the middle of the street while I’m running. I just can’t help myself! I wish I could.” Note: Uzo, one day please run by me. Other notable tracks: Pharrell’s ‘Happy’ (“it makes me feel ready to go”) and John Legend (“when I’m kind of winding it down at the end”).

-Uzo Aduba isn’t the only talented member of her family. Her mom was a college tennis player. Her sister was a track and field All-American and Olympic trials athlete. And her brother played minor league hockey.

-She became a member of the original revival cast of “Godspell” at the Circle in the Square Theatre from 2011 to 2012. She also went on to play the mother of the title character in “Venice” at the Public Theater in New York City.

-You won’t catch Uzo Aduba going vegan any time soon because she loves meat and always has. “My sister, when we were kids, thought mushrooms were meat because I loved them so much,” she told Self. “And I loved meat so much, so she thought mushrooms must be a meat.”

-Uzo Aduba is almost as dedicated to fitness as she is to acting. In 2013, she completed the New York City Marathon and loved it. “It was this incredible feeling of accomplishment to go out there and to challenge not just your body but your mind,” she told Self. “The race starts at Mile 18 — your body is truly fatigued and it becomes a race against your mind. You are truly trying to tell yourself not to stop every mile. There’s a quiet voice that’s trying to tell you it’s okay to stop. And you just have to fight it.” She also ran the Boston Marathon in 2015 and completed her hometown race in just over five hours.

From Evil Jenji This post was produced through research on various websites and magazines. I am working so that in the future we can have exclusive interviews with cast and crew from Orange is the New Black. Please value small sites that produce content that targets small niche audiences. I do this job with a lot of love.


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