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For People Who Need More Uzo Aduba In Their Lives

Believe in magic, right there in your heart.

Posted on December 4, 2015, at 3:02 p.m. ET

This week on BuzzFeed's Another Round podcast, hosts Heben Nigatu and Tracy Clayton interviewed Uzo Aduba about her role as Glinda the Good Witch in the live production of The Wiz, growing up with Nigerian parents in Massachusetts, and why she almost quit acting before being cast in Orange Is The New Black.

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(The interview starts at 13:12.)

If you watch Orange Is The New Black, you already know that Uzo Aduba is the best as Crazy Eyes

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She won two Emmys for the role—one for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series and one for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. Uzo Aduba is beyond genre.

Which is why we were so excited to see her as Glinda the Good Witch in The Wiz

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Twitter freaked out when she came onstage

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#Uzo honey come down! #Glenda #Goodwitch #TheWiz

Been waiting for this moment all night..... #Uzo #TheWiz

A DARK SKINNED BLACK WOMAN DRAPED IN GOLD DESCENDS FROM THE SKY AND IS MET W/ THE WORDS "SHE IS BEAUTIFUL!" #MESSAGE!!!!

All of America is probably like, "Crazy Eyes can sing?!" and all us Broadway lovers are like, "Duh." #UzoAduba #Godspell #TheWiz

Welp. That did it. I am crying. #TheWiz #Uzo

Raise yo damn hand if you now believe in yourself. #Uzo #TheWiz

#UzoAduba told me to believe in myself last night so I believe I'm going to get a career that fits me. #TheWizLive #JonesingForTheWiz

In her interview with Another Round, Aduba told us why she loves to perform

"My spirit would not sing, live, breathe, inhabit, stay inside my body, if I did not make art, create art, do something artistic in some way," she says.

She also told us about her first trip to Nigeria to visit her extended family

"In the village our family was so excited that we were coming, the kids, that they wanted to "kill goat." And because I had never seen people kill goat in real life, they made us all stay inside the house... Have you ever seen the first Jurassic Park, where they bring the goat up and it's tied to the chain and suddenly it's gone? That was basically what it was. There was a mound and a goat tied up there all day. And then you heard screaming billy goat and we came outside and there was no goat."

And what to expect at a Nigerian wedding

"Expect to see people who were never invited. Expect to see people trying to outdo the bride and her mother, expect to see a fabulosity of color, style, grace, maquillage (that's French for makeup) that's going to wow you," she says.

"Nigerians know how to dress. These are facts. You can look these up in books," says Aduba.

Listen to the full interview here or subscribe to Another Round on iTunes. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter.

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