You’ll Never Guess What ‘Crazy Eyes’ Uzo Aduba Likes

It starts with a chinchilla kissing a lion


Who Uzo Aduba

Age 33

Accomplishments Stars as Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren in Orange Is the New Black (Season 2 is now streaming on Netflix)

Base New York

What’s the first information you consume in the morning?

The first information I consume in the morning is probably The New York Times and then my Twitter feed. I think Twitter is a really fascinating, easy way to stay on top of what stories are out there.

What are your go-to social media platforms?

Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. On Instagram, I do a lot of behind-the-scenes stuff from work—that’s what my Throwback Thursday usually is—and lately I’ve been doing a countdown to the new season of Orange.

Who do you follow on Twitter?

Well, I love following my cast mates. I also follow Barack Obama, Oprah, Elle magazine,

Which of your cast mates would you suggest following?

Danielle Brooks is great. Natasha Lyonne is fantastic on Twitter. She posts hilarious pictures. I don’t even know where she finds some of them; it’ll be like a random picture of a chinchilla kissing a lion or Bill Murray and Jim Belushi out on a boat or something. Lauren Morelli, who’s a writer on our show, is also hilarious, as is our writer Marco Ramirez.

What TV shows do you watch?

I’m obsessed with Scandal. I love, love, love it. I’ve gotten to meet all of the cast at this point, and they’re all so, so nice. I also love House of Cards. Robin Wright is giving me the performance that my heart was aching for.

What did you read or watch to prepare for OITNB?

I read Piper Kerman’s book. Strangely, before that, I was obsessed with Locked Up, all those shows. I actually happened to find one about female-to-female relationships inside prison, so that was hugely informative. As far as the building of the character, there was a line that one of our writers had written where he described her as having this “childlike quality, except children aren’t scary.” I remember thinking, whoa, this is such a great key to unlock who this woman is.

When you’re on set, what do you do during your downtime?

We usually all just hang out in each other’s dressing rooms. We hang out in real life. We’ll rehash what happened that weekend, what’s going on that night, make Instagram videos. It’s so heavy inside prison; we have to take a step out to lighten the mood.

What’s the last really great book that you read?

I loved Ghana Must Go by Taiye Selasi. It’s about a first-generation African family living in America that has to return home to Nigeria when their estranged father passes away.

What music have you been listening to lately?

Lorde, Iggy Azalea. And I love Joni Mitchell. That’s not even necessarily right now; I’m just obsessed with her. I can play Blue any day of the week and be satisfied. Similarly, I listen to the soundtrack of the musical Passing Strange at least once a week.