The Hot List: Orange is the New Black


By Editors

With season 2 of Netflix's hit series on the way, we caught up with the inmates

Uzo Aduba

Aduba would like to remind you that her OITNB character’s given name is Suzanne. But you probably know her as Crazy Eyes, the erratic, Shakespeare-quoting Litchfield lothario who scornfully urinates in front of Piper’s bunk after her advances are quashed. “I didn't think she was crazy,” Aduba says. “I thought she was misunderstood, someone passionately and deeply in love.” Luckily for her, the challenge of humanizing Crazy Eyes has proven successful: Aduba, who cut her teeth on Broadway (in 2007’s Coram Boy and 2011’s Godspell revival), was upgraded to series regular for the second season. The role has also involved some unorthodox research. “I didn't know what ‘daggering’ was,” Aduba says of one raunchy scene with Lea DeLaria. “I found it on YouTube and my jaw hit the floor.” In 2011, the pair starred together in the ancient Greek tragedy Prometheus Bound at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Mass. Two years later, they were dry-humping and simulating cunnilingus, egged on by a ring of hysterical female inmates. “Anything’s possible in the show,” Aduba says. “You can’t assume to know the order of things, because that’s not how prison works. The rules change every second, every minute, by the day.” — Mike Berlin

Blouse by Blaque Label. Pants by Banana Republic. Necklace by Nicole Meng. Shoes by Jimmy Choo. Hair: Jamika Wilson/Epiphany Agency. Makeup: Jessica Smalls/Epiphany Agency. All styling by Wyman Chang.