Uzo Aduba has picked up an Emmy for her role in Orange is the New Black character. Abuba plays the lesbian character Crazy Eyes and took home the Best Guest Actress award at the Creative Arts Emmys on Saturday Night, which was presented to her by actor Morgan Freeman.
Aduba’s character was first introduced in season one of OITNB, arching a popular storyline with her pie-throwing and crush on Piper Chapman. In Season two her role as Crazy Eyes expanded as the series continued.
“I don’t know how to say how incredibly impressed I am to be a part of this show day in, day out. I have never thought about where an Emmy should go in my home… now, I have to!”
Backstage, the thirty-three year-old found herself on the verge of crying once again.
“I feel so full, that’s why the tears come out. I’m stuffed. My cup runneth over right now. Mission accomplished, thank you.
The thing I love most about working with Jenji is her want and this burning need to tell the truth, and it doesn’t really matter the cost, what it takes to go here,” she said. “She puts that and instills that in her writing and her writers, and it’s just incredible.
Her heart is just mama bear for everybody on that team, not only for the art that she makes, but she wants to create a family there for us. She really does everything in her power to make sure that energy — the love and the life that’s present — stay bright, and that makes it the perfect work environment.”
Aduba also beat co-star Laverne Cox to take home this award. Cox was the first transgender woman to ever be nominated for an Emmy award for her role as inmate Sophia Burset on the show.