Oduye at 2013 New York Film Festival
|Born||Brooklyn, New York, US|
|Citizenship||Nigerian : American|
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.
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.
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.
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.
That's what you want art to do, to open people up and start conversations.
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.