Podcast star who lives in Ireland thanks God she didn’t go to Nigeria to be a witch
‘Insecure’s’ Yvonne Orji is going to miss Molly too
“God gave me Molly for a reason,” the comedian Yvonne Orji said as she spoke of her upcoming Netflix series Insecure’s heartbreaking decision to send her best friend Molly (played by the show’s creator and star Issa Rae) to Nigeria.
Orji, who lives in Dublin, admitted the experience of packing for the move from the East Coast of the US was terrifying for her, not only because of the cost but also because she didn’t know where her best friend was. “Where is Molly gone to? Nigeria. By itself?” Orji asked during a live broadcast with the Guardian at the BBC Comedy Store. “Thank God that I didn’t have to go to Nigeria to become a witch.”
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Luckily, Molly landed back in the US on Mother’s Day. Insecure started production in the spring of 2017, and Orji said that as soon as she got the news that she had to leave her friend behind, she started reaching out to relatives in Nigeria. “I’m that Nigerian comedian that never leaves home,” she said. “I wanted to make sure that she had all of her family and her girlfriends that she calls her own.”
She then contacted her American sister, Kamaal, and admitted that was not “a good vibe”.
“I was the type of family that was like, ‘Oh you’re going? I’m gonna say goodbye. I’m sorry.’”
Orji said she had few concerns about the departure because the cast and crew on the show were making time for Molly. “Insecure had always been like a family since the very beginning.”
Orji was desperate to stay in town but left after seven months. She ended up finding a place with her mother and uncle in Boston.
Insecure, which has a second season premiering in December, takes place in an often painful but often uplifting relationship between four friends that are, in Orji’s words, “a completely naïve group of friends that live at their parents’ house”. She said she will miss filming Insecure so much that she considered trying to gain citizenship in the country.
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“I think I’m good at talking to people and mediating when there are tense situations but I’m not necessarily fluent in English and I’m not a politician. I was like, ‘What am I going to do now?’”
Orji spoke of the importance of helping others understand and be okay with their differences and how young people have “incredible power” and a great potential to change their community if they apply themselves.
“Young people are not afraid to take that first step,” she said. “That’s the time to take that first step … because no one knows what’s going to happen.”