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This Is Crazy Eyes’ Real-Life Nickname

Uzo Aduba attends the TIME 100 Gala, TIME's 100 most influential people in the world, at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 29, 2014 in New York City.
Uzo Aduba attends the TIME 100 Gala, TIME's 100 most influential people in the world, at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 29, 2014 in New York City. Ben Gabbe—Getty Images for TIME

It's a shorter version of her first name

Uzo Aduba is the actress known for her role as Crazy Eyes in Orange Is The New Black. But she revealed her real nickname at the TIME 100 gala.

Surprise: It’s Uzo. Her full first name is actually Uzomaka, which means “the road is good.”

Her parents selected the name because they had to journey from Nigeria to the United States. But it was worth it, because they met and had her.

Aduba offered her thoughts on the show as it gets ready to debut its second season. The show’s creator Jenji Kohan recently told NPR that the main character is a Trojan horse to draw in viewers so they can meet the other characters.

“Jenji said it best,” Aduba said. “Now that we’re inside we get to go deeper into who they are, not just through Piper’s lens. It’s next level.”

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