Though the Primetime Emmy Awards are not bring held until Monday, Uzo Aduba already won an Emmy this week. A Creative Arts Emmy that is.
Aduba and her Orange is the New Black co-stars Natasha Lyonne and Laverne Cox were all up for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series, but Aduba took home the win.
“It’s surreal,” she told People before the awards. “All I can hold onto today is this idea of the day I got this job [on Orange is the New Black], I was leaving this business, I had quit, and now I’m at the Emmys, and I’m nominated for an Emmy, and my show is nominated, and my cast-mates are nominated.”
Aduba shed some tears after winning her first Emmy, presented by Morgan Freeman.
“I feel so full, that’s why the tears come out,” Aduba said after her win. “I’m suffer really. I’m beyond full. My cup runneth over right now. I feel absolutely all of those things: I feel full of joy, like a fountain. Mission accomplished.”
Of the six nominees in the guest actress category, half were from Orange is the New Black.
“It’s like you’re walking and you’re aware that you’re walking toward Morgan Freeman, but you’re fairly certain you should be sitting on your seat,” Aduba said of the experience. “You’re like, ‘Maybe I’m embarrassing myself, maybe they didn’t call my name, maybe somebody else’s name. I don’t know what’s happening.’”
During her talk with the press, Aduba explained her name, which is “Uzoamaka,” meaning “the road is good.”
“That’s all I could really think about,” Aduba told the reporters. “Her road which is significantly longer than my own.”
Aduba got ready for the show with her mother, who emigrated from Nigeria to give her children a better life.
“We all kind of had a dance party, my mom was dancing across the hotel room, just getting excited,” she said. “It didn’t really hit me until we were ready to come here…I just started to take it in.”
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