Ivonne Orji – Addicted To Comedy

We are telling you about the young performers that hit our screens. Please meet Ivonne Orji.

AGE: 33

ROLE CALL: HBO’s Insecure

UP NEXT: Developing her own series, First Gen

WHY SHE MAKES THE GRADE: Making people laugh has become second nature to Insecure‘s Orji, who got her start in comedy more than ten years ago when she entered a beauty pageant but found herself lacking in the talent portion of the competition, Essence magazine writes.

Enter stand-up. “Comedy was my gateway drug to acting”, she says. And Orji’s gamble is paying off. In addition to playing Issa Rae‘s character’s bestie on the hit HBO show, the actress has her own semiautobiographical project in the works called First Gen, detailing what it meal grow up Nigerian-American. (Psst! David Oyelowo has signed on as an executive producer.)

More important, Ivonne Orji hopes her newfound fame will propel other Black actresses forward: “I would like to be Issa, to give the next wave of up-and-coming talent an opportunity.”

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