Netflix’s prison dramedy Orange Is the New Black has no shortage of breakout characters — but first among fans’ runaway favorites is Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren, a budding poet and wannabe prison wife to Orange protagonist Piper (Taylor Schilling).
Crazy Eyes’ popularity is thanks largely to the actress portraying her: Uzo Aduba, a theater veteran making her major series debut with Orange. Ever since viewers first connected with her character, Aduba has been on the ride of her life handling the attention — and the constant questions fans ask about what’s coming next.
As part of this week’s OITNB cover story, EW sat down with Aduba on the show’s Queens, NY set to discuss everything coming up in season two (due on Netflix on June 6) for Crazy Eyes. Including, yes, her literally crazy eyes.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: How did you find Suzanne last season? What went into figuring out this character?
UZO ADUBA: Well, the hair…I actually auditioned with my hair in the knots. Jenji liked it and wanted to keep it. But as far as Suzanne, I felt like in the writing, she just felt so real to me. The first script that I read where I was introduced to her, there was a liner note — Mark O’Meara wrote this episode and he had this stage direction that said something to the effect of “she has the feel of a child except children aren’t scary.” And I remember thinking in my mind, I got this very, very clear and painted idea who that was. This sort of infantilized woman with a sledgehammer. But out of that sentence, what I latched onto was the innocence that children possess. READ FULL STORY