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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.