Born 2 December 1983, Yvonne Anuli Orji is a Nigerian-American actress and comedian. She is best known for her role as Molly in the HBO series Insecure, for which she earned a nomination for Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series in 2020.
She was born in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria, and grew up in Laurel, Maryland in the United States. Her high school, Linden Hall (school) in Lititz, Pennsylvania is the oldest all-girls boarding school in the country. She received a master’s degree in public health at George Washington University. Despite her parents’ expectations for a professional career, she was inspired to do comedy as a graduate student when she performed stand-up in the talent portion of a beauty pageant.
After her Master’s, Orji moved to New York City to pursue a career in comedy. In 2015, she landed the role of Molly on HBO series Insecure without an agent or any real acting experience.
The 36-year-old actress is a devoted Christian and has stated that she will remain a virgin until marriage. She is a committed abstinence advocate; in 2017, she performed a talk at the TEDxWilmingtonSalon in 2017 explaining her reasons for abstaining from sex before marriage.
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