Uzo Aduba, who plays “Crazy Eyes” in Netflix’s new original series “Orange Is the New Black,” is the latest actress on the show to be upgraded from a recurring role to series regular.
Aduba, who previously mostly acted in stage work, joins Danielle Brooks, who was also promoted to a series regular, in the upcoming season of the dramedy.
“Orange Is the New Black” follows an unlikely prisoner (Taylor Schilling) who has to forfeit her comfortable lifestyle when she is incarcerated in a women’s penitentiary because of her relationship with a drug dealer.
After it was renewed for a second season, casting for the series has been pushed into high gear and veteran actress Lorraine Toussaint was been recruited to play a character named Vee.
Toussaint’s character is described as a street-tough inmate who used to run a drug business using children as runners.
As it has done with other original series, Netflix made all 13 one-hour episodes of the first season of series available at the launch. It is safe to say the second season will get the same treatment.
The series is created by Jenji Kohan (“Weeds”), and has cast a number of black actresses, including Danielle Brooks, Samira Wiley, Vicky Jeudy, Lolita Foster, Michelle Hurst, Uzo Aduba, Adrienne C. Moore, Laverne Cox, Dascha Polanco and Toussaint.
No return date has been announced for season 2 of “Orange Is the New Black,” but you can check out a clip of Aduba in action below.