Orji talks about how she went from graduate school to pageant queen to Molly on Insecure.She has come a really long way, but her Hollywood journey actually started with her participating in Miss Nigeria in America, where she turned to comedy after she realized she needed a talent to compete.
“Two weeks before the pageant, they called and asked what my talent was. Now, when you’re a child of immigrants, you’re not allowed to have talents. Your only talent is to get straight As.
The only thing I knew to play on the piano was ‘Mary Had a Little Lamb,’ and I just didn’t think that was going to cut it. So I said, ‘God, I need a lifeline,’ and I heard loud as day, I heard the voice of God say, ‘Do comedy.'”
She touches a bit on her standout Insecurecharacter, Molly, and the real-life person that the character is based on. And even though the Emmy-nominated HBO comedy will not be back until 2020, at least we now know Orji, the show’s strongest performer, a little bit more.