Adepero Oduye Quotes

Adepero Oduye is an American actress, director, and writer

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Adepero Oduye


I took acting classes in my senior year in college and I loved it.

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The reason why I found acting is because my father passed away. He passed away really young. I was going to go to med school. My father's dream was that all of his kids become doctors. I realized in school I didn't like it. When he died, it was like a wake-up call. Life is too short to do something you don't want to do.

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I would come to L.A. for a job, but I love New York.

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At the end of the day, if I can say that I had a career where I was able to play all different kinds of characters and I'm known as someone who is well-respected for my approach to the craft, that would be a beautiful life.

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I have friends who are black whose families opened their arms to them when they came out; I have friends who were white where they were rejected.

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I want to tell authentic, real stories with real characters.

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My first audition was an open call and I had no picture and no resume - that's how clueless I was. I just thought I could show up.

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I love that you can watch a film and 10 years later still be affected.

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I have a Twitter handle, but I never sign on.

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I assume Obama knows about stop and frisk, so this is not the person that should be the head of homeland security. I had to say something. Kelly's nomination would go against who President Obama is.

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You look up to your parents and you want them to accept you, and you don't want them to look at you in a negative light. So you do things to make them proud and accept you.

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That's what you want art to do, to open people up and start conversations.

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My intention is to do more films.

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There are conservative people in all colours in America.

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It's a surreal experience. During the first show, I was like, "Wow, I'm onstage with Ms. Tyson!" Everybody has been amazing, and the energy is really beautiful. I'm replacing my friend Condola, so everyone making sure that I'm OK has turned what could've been a very scary, nerve-racking and lonely experience into a supportive environment.

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