Uzo Aduba’s Advice To Her 18-Year-Old Self Is A Message We All Need To Hear

July 16, 2016  |  

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Many times we ask ourselves if we could go back in time, what would we tell your 18-year-old self?

Well, Orange Is The New Black starlet Uzo Aduba recently answered that question during a sit-down video with Teen Vogue that touched on a wisdom-filled message we could all stand to hear: “Set your bar high.”

Before she landed her breakout role as Crazy Eyes, she was  an 18-year-old triple threat (runner, actress, singer) at Boston University, who went on to pursue her Broadway dreams.

“Don’t climb down from where your bar is set,” Aduba cautioned. “Demand the respect, love, care, honor, queendom that you were given and born into this world deserving. Second thing, don’t be afraid to love. Love is a beautiful thing. Love is a freeing thing, and you should always, always, always dare to open your heart and step into it.”

However, she also admits that heartbreak is going to hurt. “But I think that’s the risk we have to take to reach the side of greatness and that’s where love lives. It’s going to challenge you and test you… and even thought you felt it, dare to love again.”


Another message Aduba shares is the power of women supporting each other. “Having female support next to you and a female strength next to you is going to encourage you to be a better person. It’s going to inspire you and it’s going to create an aspirational environment for you. That is what women do for women.”

She rounds out the video with one final note, saying, “Always know your worth and stand firm in that. Some people are going to try and challenge that… but you know who are and there’s nothing wrong with knowing who you are. It doesn’t matter.”

Preach, Uzo! Preach! 

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