By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act August 8, 2013 at 3:49PM
Uzo Aduba, who plays "Crazy Eyes" in Netflix's new original series Orange Is the New Black, has been made a series regular for the upcoming second season of the Lionsgate-produced dramedy, marking the first TV series regular role for the stage actress.
She joins Danielle Brooks who was also recently promoted from recurring to series regular on the popular series.
The series, renewed for a 2nd season, has been beefing up its cast, adding veteran actress Lorraine Toussaint, who will play a character named Vee, described as a street-tough inmate who used to run a drug business, using kids are runners.
Created by Jenji Kohan (Weeds), the dramedy stars Taylor Schilling and is set in a women's prison. As Netflix did with its previous original series, all thirteen one-hour episodes in the series were made available at launch.
Its key cast includes a number of actresses of African descent, including Danielle Brooks, Samira Wiley, Vicky Jeudy, Lolita Foster, Michelle Hurst, Uzo Aduba, Adrienne C. Moore, Laverne Cox, Dascha Polanco, and now Lorraine Toussaint.
Here's a synop:
Orange Is the New Black follows engaged Brooklynite Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling), whose decade-old relationship with drug-runner Alex (Laura Prepon) results in her arrest and year-long detention in a federal penitentiary. To pay her debt to society, Piper must trade her comfortable New York life with fiance Larry (Jason Biggs) for an orange prison jumpsuit and a baffling prison culture where she is forced to question everything she believes and form unexpected new alliances with a group of eccentric and outspoken inmates.
Here's a scene featuring "Crazy Eyes" (Uzo Aduba):