Orange is the new­black

TV Plus (South Africa) - - 10 DECEMBER -

un­til orange is the new black (2013cur­rent) came along and turned her into a star, no one had heard of uzo aduba. but thanks to her role as the men­tally un­hinged suzanne “crazy eyes” war­ren in the prison-themed dram­edy, she’s now an in-de­mand emmy-win­ner. uzo is a short­ened ver­sion of her real name – uzoa­maka nwaneka aduba. her par­ents are nige­rian and her name trans­lates to “the road is good”. as a kid grow­ing up in bos­ton, she wanted to change her name to zoe “as it was eas­ier to pro­nounce”, but her mom said no. “she told me, ‘if they can say tchaikovsky and michelan­gelo, they can say uzoa­maka’,” she re­calls. uzo was shy about the gap in her front teeth and says that she “didn’t smile a lot” grow­ing up. she wanted a “fake piece” to cover the gap, like the girls in re­al­ity pageant show tod­dlers & tiaras (2009-cur­rent). she au­di­tioned for the role of janae wat­son, which went to vicky jeudy. cast­ing di­rec­tor jen­nifer euston says that uzo showed up with her hair in knots, which se­ries cre­ator jenji ko­han had in mind for suzanne and she was of­fered that role in­stead. good thing too! uzo’s into sports and fig­ureskated for 10 years. she was also a top ath­lete at bos­ton univer­sity; she loves run­ning and com­pleted the new york marathon in novem­ber this year. she’s also mu­si­cal and loves to sing and write songs. she stud­ied clas­si­cal voice at univer­sity and says that “my voice is a dra­matic so­prano”. while her character is ob­sessed with piper (tay­lor schilling), uzo’s much more pri­vate about her love life. no one knows is she’s sin­gle or mar­ried, but she re­vealed that “i want somebody who has a sense of self and a bold­ness”.

uzo aduba’s hot prop­erty thanks to her prison role.

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