Adepero Oduye Quotes

  • 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.

  • I took acting classes in my senior year in college and I loved it.

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

  • I think L.A. is beautiful.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • There are conservative people in all colours in America.

  • I have a Twitter handle, but I never sign on.

  • That's what you want art to do, to open people up and start conversations.

  • I would come to L.A. for a job, but I love New York.

  • I want to tell authentic, real stories with real characters.

  • My intention is to do more films.

  • My mother's a pretty warm, open person.