Uzo Aduba: Crazy Talented


Photo Credit: Jasmine L. Gonzalez

What is your definition of crazy?
A false understanding of your life or an unwillingness to change the things about yourself and to blame others for them.

What’s the show like in comparison to acting for the stage?
They feel the same in that the love is still the same. I think that good parts are good parts regardless of the medium. I happen to have met the fortune to be on a TV show with a great story and great talent and a great part. That’s really exciting to be a part of. I love the theatre and always will and I’m realizing that I love the camera, too. They’re  just two different animals, but I feel satisfied in both outlets. Even more satisfied as a creator and artist.

Do you feel like part of the success of the show is because it’s on Netflix and not on regular TV?
I don’t know. I do know that good writing is good writing. So if it’s on a laptop, TV, or streamed through your apple TV; people are going to get in touch with a great story. I think what’s exciting about OITNB is that the word of mouth has always been about the story. Netflix put out and took a chance on a great story and I think that makes them amazing and pioneers, especially in this outlet. People want to watch a good story and I feel lucky to be a part of it.

What are you watching on TV?
Orange is the New Black. [laughs]

Do you like watching yourself?
I do now.  In the beginning, I didn’t know if I wanted to watch. But now I enjoy it because I watch it with a different eye. I watch it because I remember the conversation we were having that day or where we went for dinner that night.  Of course I’m watching Breaking Bad and Scandal. We’re fans of that on the show. House of Cards was my everything and Real Housewives anything [laughs]

You like reality TV?
Bravo has a great set up.

Would you ever do reality TV?
I don’t think so right now. I have not really thought about it.