HBO’s Insecure keeps us coming back for a new episode every Sunday.
Issa Rae’s acclaimed new series is spectacular. And one of favorite parts of the show is Issa’s fictional best friend played by the uber smart, Toni Child-resembling Yvonne Orji.
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The talented comedian stopped by the Breakfast Club last week to chop it up about her career, being a virgin and her Nigerian upbringing. Here are five highlights:
She is a proud virgin—At the age of 32, she is still a virgin. While attending George Washington University at the age of 17, she thought she was going to lose her virginity there. But then she got saved. And she’s not afraid to share it: “It comes out, I don’t hide it. The same way people know they’ve had a one-night stand, you can say that so I can this.”
She has the degrees—Orji has both a bachelor’s and master’s degree and used her public health training to go work in Liberia. But eventually she figured out that comedy and acting were what she wanted to do.
She is a proud Nigerian-American—If you listen through the whole interview, there is never any confusion about Orji’s heritage. We love it when she mimics her parents’ accents.
She was bullied—She almost let bullies get the best of her, but after speaking to her mom at 12, Orji learned to ignore the haters. She was bullied from third to eighth grade for her accent and her lips.
“For me, I just stuck to school. I thought you can’t be bullied and dumb, so books and I will be friends.” Orji added her road to Hollywood came when she heard from the God to make people laugh through comedy.
She looks like Toni Childs—Orji constantly hears that she looks like Jill Marie Jones, who plays Toni Childs in Girlfriends. They look like sisters.
You can watch the full interview below.