Uzo Aduba

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Uzo Aduba
Photograph of US American Actress Uzo Aduba.jpg
Aduba in 2009
Born Uzoamaka Nwaneka Aduba[1]
1980/1981 (age 32–33)[2]
Massachusetts, U.S.
Education Boston University
Occupation Actress
Years active 2003–present

Uzoamaka Nwaneka "Uzo" Aduba[1] (born 1980 or 1981) is an American-born actress of Nigerian ancestry.[2] She is known for her role as Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren in Orange Is the New Black, for which she received a nomination for the 2014 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series.

Early life and education[edit]

Uzo Aduba was raised in Medfield, Massachusetts and graduated from Medfield High School in 1999.[3] She attended Boston University, where she studied classical voice[4] and competed in track and field.[5][6] She describes her family as a "sports family".[4]

Career[edit]

Aduba first garnered recognition for her acting in 2003, when her performance in Translations of Xhosa at the Olney Theatre Center for the Arts earned her a Helen Hayes Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play.[7] In 2007, she made her Broadway debut, portraying Toby in Coram Boy.[8] From 2011 through 2012, she sang "By My Side" as part of the original revival cast of Godspell at the Circle in the Square Theatre.[8][9] Her first television appearance was as a nurse on Blue Bloods in 2012.[4] She also played the mother of the title character of Venice at The Public Theater in New York.[10][11]

In 2013 she began portraying Suzanne Warren, also known as "Crazy Eyes", in the Netflix comedy-drama series Orange Is the New Black.[12] Of her being cast, she said,

I auditioned for the show back in late July or early August of [2012]. I had been auditioning that summer for more television and film [after doing much theater]. I'd read a lot of scripts and I remember reading "Orange Is the New Black," and it was at the head of the pack. I remember thinking, "Wow, that is really good, I would love to be a part of that." I went in and auditioned for another part, and my representatives called me about a month later and they were like, "Hi, we have some really good news. You remember that audition you went on for 'Orange Is the New Black'? You didn't get it." I go, "So… okay, what's the good news?" They said they wanted to offer me another part, Crazy Eyes. I was like, "What in my audition would make someone think I'd be right for a part called Crazy Eyes?" But to be honest, when I got the script for it, it felt like the right fit.[13]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2005 Notes Unknown Short film
2007 Over There Unknown Short film
2011 Wwjd Bartender Short film
2013 Sing Along Cafeteria Lady

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2012 Project Runway: All Stars Herself Episode: "Puttin' On The Glitz"
2012 Blue Bloods Nurse Episode: "Nightmares"
2013–present Orange Is the New Black Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren 23 episodes
Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Guest Performer in a Comedy Series
Pending—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Godspell Talk Back - Uzo Aduba". Reviewing The Drama. March 26, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Wright, Celine (August 12, 2013). "'Orange Is the New Black's' Uzo Aduba on a good road as Crazy Eyes". Los Angeles Times. "32-year-old Aduba" 
  3. ^ "Medfield  Native Uzo Aduba Attends White House Correspondents Dinner". medfield.patch.com. May 5, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c Champagne, Christine (June 8, 2014). "Behind the Breakout Role: Orange is the New Black's Uzo Aduba on Creating Crazy Eyes". Co.Create. Fast Company. Retrieved July 15, 2014. 
  5. ^ "2001-02 Women's Track Roster". Boston University. Retrieved July 11, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Boston University Meet Results". UMassAthletics.com. Retrieved October 27, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Outstanding Supporting Actress, Resident Play – 2004". (Awards and nominations) Theatre Washington. Retrieved October 27, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b "Uzo Aduba". Internet Broadway Database. Retrieved October 27, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Meet the Cast: Uzo Aduba". Godspell.com. Retrieved July 28, 2013. 
  10. ^ Brantley, Ben (June 15, 2013). "Of Shakespeare and Superheroes". The New York Times. Retrieved July 28, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Venice, review, Off-Broadway, New York Theatre". newyorktheatreguide.com. Retrieved July 28, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Orange Is the New Black’s Uzo Aduba on Crazy Eyes, Flirting Techniques, and Peeing on the Floor". vulture.com. Retrieved July 28, 2013. 
  13. ^ Ryan, Maureen (August 23, 2013). "'Crazy Eyes' From 'Orange Is The New Black' Talks Flirting, Jodie Foster And That Infamous Scene". HuffingtonPost.com. Retrieved October 27, 2013. 

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