Nigerian-American actress Yvonne Orji says people find it hard to understand why she has decided to remain a virgin until marriage, hence, she takes the time to explain.


The actress — who plays a polar opposite of a virgin in television series ‘Insecure’ — in an interview with People yet again broached the subject that has earned her as much fame as her acting.

Orji, a dedicated Christian, said “people ask about it because they’re curious, or they may not understand.

“How will they ever get understand if I don’t talk about it? I can inform your curiosity, as opposed to everyone being in the dark and just sort of creating their own narrative about it.”


The actress said before venturing into Hollywood, she had a conversation with God on the path He’d want her to tow while in the movie industry.

She said: “Before any of [the fame] happened, I sat down with myself and with God and thought, when I make it, how do you want me to represent you while I’m here?”

Orji said it later dawned on her that her purpose of going into acting was to make God proud.


Harping on her family’s migration from Nigeria to Maryland, US, at age 6, she said, “It was the traditional immigrant story of my parents wanting the best for us and bringing us here,” she says. But life in Maryland wasn’t always easy.

“I was bullied because I have this thick Nigerian accent. My mom would say, ‘We didn’t come to America for you to be popular.’ Which is fair, but as a kid, you’re just like, it would be really nice to have this thing that everyone else has.”

Before acting, Orji attended George Washington University where she got a master’s degree in public health.


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