Nigerian-American actress Yvonne Orji, 33, is known for her role as Molly Carter on the HBO series “Insecure.” While the character is promiscuous, the actress, who is also a comedian, is a devout Christian in real life.
“I’m so established in my beliefs and grounded in what is important to me, that even if no one appreciates it or has an issue with it, that is their issue,” Orji told Business Insider. “There’s some times where people will be like, ‘Hey, you should do this joke,’ and I’m like, ‘Oh, but I don’t curse,’ and they really think it’ll make it funny, and it would.”
Although Orji believes that cursing would make her jokes funnier, she just does not curse so it is not an option for her. She has some non-negotiables, which, if broken, go against what she firmly believes in.
In another recent interview with Rolling Stone, Orji gave advice to women who just broke up with their boyfriend. She started by saying, “Try and find healing.”
“Try and find closure,” Orji said. “Get with some good girlfriends. Take a trip. Live your best life and then maybe you’ll find someone better because maybe he’s out there.”
As a devout Christian, Orji has made a vow to remain a virgin until marriage. She was born in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria, but she grew in Maryland.
When Orji was young, she performed stand-up in the talent portion of a beauty pageant. Since then, she was inspired to do comedy.
After receiving a master’s degree in public health at George Washington University, Orji was expected to become a doctor. However, she moved to New York City to pursue a career as a comedian after graduate school.
In 2016, Orji joined Issa Rae, Jay Ellis, Lisa Joyce, Natasha Rothwell, Amanda Seales and Y’lan Noel in the cast of “Insecure.” Titled “Hella Perspective,” the finale of the second season of the series aired on Sept. 10, Sunday.
On the big screen, Orji is set to star in the comedy film “Night School,” which will be released on Sept. 28, 2018. Among her co-stars are Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish.