Uzo Aduba Quotes

My family is first-generation Nigerian, and we grew up in a very small, suburban town in New England, Massachusetts. So I do understand what it feels like to be an ‘only’ in that regard.

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When it comes to inmates, we have boiled them down to just the few things we know about them – their crime, their current life situation, their identification number. But the reality is they were something before they were their crime.

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My family is from Nigeria, and my full name is Uzoamaka, which means ‘The road is good.’

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I’ve heard of nothing coming from nothing, but I’ve never heard of absolutely nothing coming from hard work.

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Natasha Lyonne is fantastic on Twitter. She posts hilarious pictures. I don’t even know where she finds some of them; it’ll be like a random picture of a chinchilla kissing a lion or Bill Murray and Jim Belushi out on a boat or something.

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As for the fake teeth, they’re officially retired. I haven’t really found a need or want to wear them.

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I used to be a huge fan of ‘Lockup’ on MSNBC, and that certainly has helped with my understanding of the world.

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My finding of myself as an artist, which I think in itself helped me to find just who I am and how I want to express myself, is entirely – in conjunction, of course, with my family, particularly my mom – founded on teachers.

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The magic of landing my first role on Broadway went ‘poof’ in a matter of a few weeks.

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I love De la Renta. I love CoSTUME National; I think they’re just incredible. And I love Marc Jacobs, too – they’re also great, just a great brand.

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My mother is a fighter. After she battled polio and learned to walk again, the doctors told her she would be a cripple her entire life. Instead of accepting defeat, she refused this fate and went on to become the West African Women’s Singles tennis champion in college.

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My parents wanted us to be well-rounded individuals and really have the American experiences as richly as one can.

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I’ll definitely wear orange on the red carpet!

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I think of myself as a little kid, and I had a wild imagination, but it was something that was encouraged and supported, which helped steer me into the arts.

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I am the daughter of Nigerian immigrants. My mother is a survivor of both polio and of the Igbo genocide during her country’s civil war in the late 1960s.

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I come from Nigeria, and we live by the idea that it takes a village. So my entire team. I live by my team: my friends, my neighbors, my teachers – they’re the people who taught me how to be a free actor.

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The first information I consume in the morning is probably ‘The New York Times’ and then my Twitter feed. I think Twitter is a really fascinating, easy way to stay on top of what stories are out there.

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In performance, you don’t always feel that sort of family bond right off the top. It sort of develops and grows over time.

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I think it’s always a good idea to dress as someone you like, as long as it’s done in good taste. That’s the key.

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I grew up in a very small town in Massachusetts, and it goes without saying that there weren’t many Nigerian families in that town, and a lot of people couldn’t say Uzoamaka.

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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.’

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Onstage, even though you’re here together with the other actor, face-to-face, playing out the scene, you also have that other ear pointed out toward the audience and how they’re listening. That informs a lot.

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I like to build a character, trying to stretch my imagination as far to the walls of my brain as I can to come up with something that feels truthful and feels real – as close to the skin as I can get it.

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I was in New York doing musicals in the theater and on Broadway before ‘Orange,’ so people always ask, ‘Are you ever going to get to sing? Does she even sing?’ But people who know me know I actually do sing.

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My family is more a sports family, and I figure skated for a very long time, so movement and how I relate to movement is very integral to my process.

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I was pursuing the arts with theater in school, and I was doing after-school activities, but not in any real movement towards a professional career.

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I left my home in Massachusetts after college to move to New York City to pursue my dreams of acting. I took roles for free. I waited tables. I didn’t care because it was work.

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On some days in prison you might just need to get out of there, but on some days – not all days, but some – you might be able to see the sky and see the blue in it.

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I kept hiding my smile in pictures throughout middle school and most of high school until picture day came my senior year.

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