Adepero Oduye Quotes, Award award-winning Actress

Compilation of 10 Adepero Oduye quotes.

Adepero Oduye is an American actress, director, singer, and writer who was born on January 11, 1978. Oduye was one of seven children born to Nigerian parents in Brooklyn, New York. Despite graduating a pre-med  from Cornell University, she opted to follow her passion for acting after graduation.

Oduye had her breakthrough in 2011 as the lead in Dee Rees’ critically acclaimed and award-winning independent film Pariah, for which she won multiple awards and was nominated for Best Female Lead at the Independent Spirit Awards.

Adepero Oduye Quotes

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

2. “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.”

3. “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.”

4. “I want to tell authentic, real stories with real characters.”

5. “That’s what you want art to do, to open people up and start conversations.”

quotes by Adepero Oduye

6. “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.”

7. “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.”

8. “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.”

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

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

My favorite Adepero Oduye quotes are, “I love that you can watch a film and 10 years later still be affected.” and “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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