Yvonne Orji, who plays Molly in HBO’s critically-acclaimed show ‘Insecure’, says she was instructed by God to “do comedy”.
The Hollywood actress said she heard God clearly tell her to accept a role on the show created by Issa Rae.
Molly, the character she plays, contradicts her real life personality. Molly is seen to be a young woman who is afraid to freely express herself, while Orji is a proud virgin in real life.
In an interview with comedian Stephen Colbert, Orji spoke of how she landed the gig.
The Nigerian-American actress said: “Well, I was on my way to med school. My parents are Nigerian immigrants and they are like ‘you must be a doctor’ and I was like ‘I will try’.
“I took organic chemistry and I was like maybe no. It was the first time I got an F.
“I couldn’t tell my parents I didn’t want to go to med school so instead I got my masters in public health and still couldn’t tell my parents, so I went to Liberia post-conflict because it was easier to work in a war-torn country than tell my parents I don’t want to go to med school.
“And then in the middle of all this, I entered this Miss Nigeria in America pageant.
“And I didn’t know you needed to have a talent. I was like I was not going to tribal-dance on stage.
“So I prayed, and I was like ‘God I need help’, and the loudest I heard was ‘do comedy’ and I was like ‘no’.”
Orji, who was born in Nigeria, said she finds it uncomfortable that her parents now watch the show which contains a lot of racy scenes.
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