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Uzo Aduba: I'm not crazy!

Uzo Aduba found it "humbling" to meet US President Barack Obama and his wife.

The 33-year-old is back as Suzanne 'Crazy Eyes' Warren in the third series of the hit women's prison-based Netflix programme, which returned to the streaming site on Friday.

Her character is renowned for her obsession with fellow inmate Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling) and although Uzo can relate to Suzanne's passion, she wouldn't go about it in a similar way.

"I don't move like Crazy Eyes or act out like her... I do know what it is like to love deeply like that," Uzo explained to British magazine Closer. "I wouldn't make the same decisions as Suzanne, though! After a day's filming, I take a long walk and make sure I put Crazy Eyes away. I have to exorcise her out - nobody can deal with that much baggage!"

Uzo has been praised for her performance skills since the show began and has picked up both a SAG and Primetime Emmy Award for her part, along with a Critics' Choice gong. Her fanbase is also strong, with the actress revealing she often receives marriage proposals from her followers.

One bizarre incident involved a German fan shouting at her in the airport recently, asking if she'd throw a pie at them in reference to her scene with Laura Prepon's character Alex Vause.

But it isn't just everyday people who are fans of the show.

"[US President] Obama and [wife] Michelle told me they loved the show. It was humbling to meet such a gracious couple. And they're exactly how you imagine - totally down to earth," Uzo smiled.

"I'm a very normal person. In my spare time, I binge on the Real Housewives reality shows."

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