10 Things You Didn’t Know About The Cast Of “Orange Is The New Black” That Will Surprise You

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Uzo Aduba Originally Auditioned To Play Janae, The Track Star

Speaking of who wanted to play what before the show started…Uzo Aduba, who does some incredible work as Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren, originally wanted to play the smaller role of Janae (occupied by Vicky Jeudy). You know Janae, she’s the super moody black inmate who was once a track star, but let peer pressure get her caught up with the wrong crowds. The role could have been fitting for Aduba, because she was actually a track star at Boston University in real life, but those behind the show had something better in mind for her: Bantu knots and chocolate and vanilla swirl, swirl.

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