Uzo Aduba Talks OITNB and Career For Harper’s Bazaar 2014 Women Who Dare

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On her families opinion her taking up acting as a full time career:

“My family is from Nigeria, and when I was a kid, my parents wanted me to be a lawyer,” she says. “I thought, ‘You aren’t meant to be an actor. This isn’t for you.’ “

On her she molded her iconic character:

“Suzanne was described to me as innocent like a child, except children aren’t scary,” says Aduba, 33. “Whatever she does comes from a place of curiosity.” The eyes “I focused on last.” She laughs. “Like when she winks, she thinks she’s doing it with one eye, but it’s with both. She just can’t quite nail it.”

On how she characterizes daring:

“Taking all risks and chances. It took me a long time to arrive at that—you know, from my gap teeth to my name. I’m realizing, You don’t need to change anything about yourself. This is who you are, and it’s okay. That’s daring.”