Orji is catching flak for her admission.
Insecure actress Yvonne has frequently been open about her unique status as a 33-year-old virgin. Orji, who plays Molly on the hit HBO series, says that she wants people to understand someone making a choice to remain a virgin until they are married and thinks that the only way to do that is to be honest with people who might have questions.
“I’m open, because why not?” she said in an interview with People. “I’m grounded in who I am. Before any of [the fame] happened, I sat down with myself and with God and thought, when I make it, how do you want me to represent you while I’m here?” “It was like, OK, I know why I’m here,” she concluded. “It’s to make you proud.”
Orji told the magazine that she’s open because it is the only way that people will learn. “People ask about it because they’re curious, or they may not understand,” she said. “How will they ever get understand if I don’t talk about it? I can inform your curiosity, as opposed to everyone being in the dark and just sort of creating their own narrative about it.”
Her latest discussion of her sex-free lifestyle led to quite a bit of bullying on social media. Many fans of the show were up in arms about Orji’s choice to abstain from sex as a tenet of her Christianity. However, it’s not the first time that she has been called out for who she is.
“I was bullied because I have this thick Nigerian accent,” she told the magazine of her childhood. “My mom would say, ‘We didn’t come to America for you to be popular.’ Which is fair, but as a kid, you’re just like, it would be really nice to have this thing that everyone else has.”
However, these folks are far from the norm. Countless fans have praised Orji for both her openness and her portrayal on the hit show led by Issa Rae.
“I get people coming up to me and saying like, ‘I’m Molly!’ or ‘We just love that we’re seeing a black woman on TV who’s a lawyer because I’m a lawyer, too!’” Orji said. “It’s giving people an alternative. So much is happening in our community, in our nation, and now we get a chance to look on television and see a version of ourselves that we can actually relate to. I think that’s what speaks to the heart of a lot of people. It’s super cool to be in the middle of that.”
What Do You Think?
On top of that, the actress has been attached to the upcoming film adaptation of the young adult smash The Hate U Give, continuing to prove the viability of big-money projects centered around the Black experience of America and of herself as a top-billed star.
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