Fast Facts

  • Is the daughter of a minister and a deacon.
  • Began acting at 6 years old in her church's theater program.
  • Auditioned for Juilliard with monologues from August Wilson's The Piano Lesson and Shakespeare's A Winter's Tale.
  • Was appearing in both the Shakespeare Theater Company production of The Servant of Two Masters and Blacken the Bubble in Harlem when she was offered her role in Orange is the New Black.


  • 2014, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Winner


  • The Juilliard School, New York, New York, United States (BA in Drama, 2011)


  • Birth Place: Augusta, Georgia, United States
  • Birthday: September 17, 1985, Virgo
  • Profession: Actor
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