‘Orange Is the New Black’ Star Uzo Aduba Quit Acting Right Before Landing Breakout Role

Of all of the incredible performances in Orange Is The New BlackUzo Aduba’s portrayal of Suzanne “Crazy Eye” Warren is without a doubt in the top three. Which is why it comes as such a shock that the actress almost gave up on her dream mere minutes before being offered the role.

In the latest issue of Essence, the actress opens up about her long and difficult journey to success revealing she actually made the decision to quit acting. “My heart never quit,” she recalls when thinking about the slew of failed auditions. “And that was the first time I felt my heart give out on me.”

Just 45 minutes after making the decision to ditch acting in favor of a plan b, her agent called her to let her know she’d been offered the role of “Crazy Eyes.” “I lost my mind. I’m running around my apartment crying,” she remembers. “I was like, ‘You don’t understand. I just quit.’ And my agent quoted The Godfather line: ‘Just when you thought you were out, they pull you back in.'”

But just because Aduba found success doesn’t mean the struggle is over. These days the actress is focusing her efforts to remind herself and everyone else, that she’s perfect just the way she is.

“This business will try to convince you that you’re not enough,” she says. “That you’re not pretty enough, thin enough, talented enough, interesting enough, experienced enough, and I say, ‘Enough. Enough with that!’”