By: Krystle Crossman
Uzo Aduba, star of Orange is the New Black on Netflix, sat down for an interview with Teen Vogue recently. During the interview she was asked what she would say to her 18-year-old self if she had the chance to go back to that time. She brought some inspiring words to the table that every woman should listen to and really think about.
Aduba stated that she would tell herself that the bar needed to be set high right from the start. She had a fantastic career at Boston University as a star athlete on the track team. She also sang and acted. She had dreams of being on Broadway which she chased once she was done with college. In 2007 she made her debuted on Broadway in the play Coram Boy. She joined the revival cast for Godspell in 2011 and was a part of the choir. She landed her current role as Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren in Orange is the New Black in 2013. She has won multiple awards for her current role.
Aduba said that women needed to enter the world realizing that they deserved respect, honor, and “queendom” and that they needed to demand those things throughout their lives. They are just going to be handed out, they need to be earned and worked for. She also spoke about love and how we should not be afraid to open our hearts up to someone and love them fully. There will be heartbreak, it’s an inevitable part of life, but how you handle it and move on from it will show your true character. You need to trust that you will be able to open your heart again after it has been bruised.
One of the biggest points that Aduba made in her interview was that women need the support from other women in their lives. She stated that it was very important to have other women going through what you are going through in your corner. This will help you to achieve greater heights. You will also be able to help other women achieve their goals and dreams by lending them support as well. There are so many women out there tearing each other down for what they feel are shortcomings and it is detrimental to everyone’s progress. Aduba feels that women should be inspiring one another instead.