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Before Uzo Aduba of “Orange Is the New Black” landed her role as Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren in the hit Netflix series, she was breaking records as a track star at Boston University. The actor spoke about her time as a college athlete during an appearance on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” explaining, “I got to go to Boston University, fortunately enough, on a track scholarship.” Aduba added, “I did [do theater there], I was in the program. … I was actually doing opera there.”

Like many athletes, Aduba found that the skills she acquired helped her in other aspects of life. “[Pursuing acting] was a tough road, but I think playing sports and the preparation of sometimes you win, sometimes you lose … really prepared me for being out here to pursue this,” she told the titular host.

According to Bostonia, Aduba excelled on the track team. She won Boston University’s Aldo “Buff” Donelli Leadership Award for “outstanding leadership on and off the field.” The star also broke a long-standing record when she ran 55 meters in 7.07 seconds. Outside of Aduba’s impressive performance on the track, her former coach, Lesley Lehane, saw the talented athlete’s potential in the arts. “I remember the very first team dinner before a big meet, when I asked her to sing because I knew she was a voice major,” Lehane told Bostonia. The coach believed Aduba “really should’ve been singing in a concert hall.”

Source: Nicki Swift

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