The actress tells Vulture that her childhood was peppered with "feeling a step outside the center."
Uzo Aduba is the starlet of the moment. Not only is the Orange Is the New Black actress getting lots of love for her portrayal of character Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren on the hit Netflix series, but she's just won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress. In a recent interview with Vulture, Aduba said that while she might not have Suzanne's temperament in real life, she does have a connection with the character. As a child of the only Nigerian family growing up in Medfield, Massachusetts, Aduba knows what it's like to feel left out.
"It's not something impressed on you or said to you, but there's a feeling like one of these things is not like the other — feeling a step outside the center," she explained, adding that, unlike Suzanne, at least she had a family to help "negotiate the waters with together."
"My parents wanted us to be well-rounded individuals and really have the American experiences as richly as one can," she added.
Aduba also shared how fans react to meeting her in person and don't know what to make of the fact that she's not actually as crazy as her character.
"I'll be on the train and it's like people expect me to come in with Bantu knots and a jumpsuit, or just start striking conversations up with them while stroking their leg," Aduba said.
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