Uzo Aduba covers Brooklyn Magazine. You can read the full interview here.
Aduba was a well-received theater actress, but certainly not a well-known name. She was trying to get more roles in television and movies, putting it all on the line, and facing rejection and frustration. She got to a point, after a fruitless audition for a two-line role on the CBS show Blue Bloods, where she quit acting.
“I’d had doubts,” she says. “But I’d never quit in my heart. That day I did.” Incredibly enough, the very day she quit was the day that she got the phone call that changed her life: the offer to play Suzanne on Orange Is the New Black.