Emmys 2015: Uzo Aduba wins best supporting actress in a drama, gives emotional speech
Uzo Aduba just scored another Emmy. The actress took home the award for supporting actress in a drama series for her role as Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren in Netflix’s prison drama Orange is the New Black.
“I really just want to say thank you a thousand times. If I could say thank you a thousand times, it would not be enough,” said the actress in her emotional acceptance speech.
Aduba tearfully thanked Orange is the New Black series creator Jenji Kohan. “Thank you for creating this show, for creating this space, for creating a platform,” she said. She went on to thank her castmates, crew, agent, manager and lawyers, adding, “I love you mostly because you let me be me.”
Finally, she thanked her family, and specifically her sister Chioma Aduba.
“I really just want to say thank you for my family, who have stood beside me my entire life,” she said, addign to Chioma, present in the audience, “I am hubled to call myself your sister. I love you so much.”
This marks the second win for the actress, who picked up the Emmy for guest actress in a comedy series for the same role last year. The actress told EW she was thinking of quitting the business the same day she snagged the award-winning role.
“I thought this through,” Aduba told EW. “I had just come from this audition where I was 20 minutes late. I thought the audition had gone really well. I walked out and said, “That was a great audition. You’re not going to get that job, and you’re not going to get it because you were 20 minutes late. And this is God, the universe, telling you, as it has been trying to tell you all summer long, this is not for you. And you need to stop trying.” Because I had been hearing “No, no, thank you, but no,” since trying this medium. And I sat on the train in tears.”
By the time she arrived home, Aduba says she had decided to consider law school instead of acting. Then, she said, fate intervened. “Got home. 45 minutes later, I got the phone call to go and be a part of Orange is the New Black. 5:43 p.m., I’ll never forget it.”
Well, we’re certainly glad she didn’t throw in the towel.
Joanne Frogatt, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Christina Hendricks, and Christine Baranski were also up for the award.
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Orange Is the New Black
Jenji Kohan’s absorbing ensemble dramedy, based on Piper Kerman’s memoir of the same name, takes viewers inside the walls of Litchfield, a minimum security women’s prison where nothing’s as simple as it seems—especially the inmates.