Uzo Aduba Advising Her 18-Year-Old Self “Demand Respect, Love, Honor,…”
OITNB’s Uzo Aduba recently sat down to offer teenage herself some sage advice from the future.
After all that Uzo Aduba has achieved both personally and professionally, what advice would she give her 18-year-old self?
The Orange Is the New Black star appears in a video for Teen Vogue in which she shares, “You are 18 years old and you’re getting ready to embark on the greatest journey of your life. This is what I want you to know ….”
Now 35, Aduba dishes out frank advice for her younger self when it comes to love and relationships: “Set your bar high.”
“Don’t climb down from where your bar is set,” she says. “Demand the respect, love, care, honor, queendom that you were given and born into this world deserving. Second thing, don’t be afraid to love. Love is beautiful thing. Love is a freeing thing, and you should always, always, always dare to open you heart and step into it.”
“If I could tell you something about heartbreak, it’s going to hurt,” she continues. “But I think that’s the risk we have to take to reach the side of greatness and that’s where love lives. It’s going to challenge you and test you … and even though you felt it, dare to love again.”
Wise words from a decent woman. Love it.
Image via Teen Vogue