If you don’t know who Uzo Abuda is even if I say “Crazy Eyes,” I’m going to need you to find someone with a Netflix account, fast.
Looking fabulous in a black, floor-length Carolina Herrera gown, the actress has had a phenomenal year, winning her first 2014 Emmy Award for her role as Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren on the Netflix original series Orange Is the New Black. She even told the magazine that the day she got the part, she was about to quit acting! The 33-year-old Nigerian-American beauty came from a theater background and was struggling to land a part in Hollywood before her breakout role. So, when things started to look less than prosperous, she considered taking another path.
“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.’ ”
Abuda’s character, Suzanne, has become a hero of sorts on OITNB with her flip-of-a-switch personality and general childlike nature. When speaking of her role as “Crazy Eyes,” she said,
“Suzanne was described to me as innocent like a child, except children aren’t scary. 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.”
When asked about her definition of the word “daring,” she replied
“…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.”
Someone else who is doing big things in sports is baseball star, Mo’Ne Davis.
Davis is a 13-year-old girl from Philly with a fastball that comes soaring in at 70 MPH and her own Sports Illustrated cover this past summer. It seems that her little league competitors can’t touch that with a bat or anything else.
The young lady is also the first in history to pitch a shutout game at the Little League World Series. Only three girls have made it to the World Series before her.
Despite such an outstanding achievement, the teen sports phenom considers basketball her primary sport and she hopes to play in college.
“I want to play basketball for UConn.” But until then there’s sports and school, where the other students were told to “act normal” around her, she explains, “because it’s been kinda, like, crazy.”
Clearly, the young girl has no intent on just blending into the masses. She told Harper’s Bazaar,
“I’m tiger-hearted.” When asked when she knew that was the case, she replied “I dunno,” and shrugs. “Since day one.”
Congratulations to these ladies, for they are the epitome of Urban Grace.