Actress Uzo Aduba talks about her role in FX show, ‘Mrs. America’

The former “Orange is the New Black” star plays Shirley Chisholm, the first Black woman in Congress, alongside Niecy Nash, Elizabeth Banks and Cate Blanchett.
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Transcript for Actress Uzo Aduba talks about her role in FX show, ‘Mrs. America’
We are all excited. Uzo Aduba from "Orange is the new black." She won emmys and golden globe awards and now appears in "Mrs. America" as Shirley Chisholm. Welcome back to "Gma." How are you? I'm great. How are you? I'm doing well, thank you. Before we get to "Mrs. America" tell us how you've been spending Locked in the house. I've been cooking a lot and I actually just got a bike, which I'm really excited about. My first bike as an adult and that's been really fun to go outside and get a safe experience of just, you know, some fresh air, you feel like a kid when you're riding around the city. It's pretty nice. It is pretty great and we're excited about "Mrs. America." It sheds so much light on a real transformative moment in our history as I said. You play Shirley Chisholm, people may not remember her, the first black American woman member of congress and broke all kinds of barriers when she ran for president in 1972. We want to show a little bit of a clip of that. You always said you would support me. Why couldn't you go all the way? I thought you'd talk to us first. You just announced. I didn't get anywhere in my life waiting on somebody's permission. If you can't support me, get out of my way. I'll bet it was a real privilege to play a pioneer like that. Oh, my goodness. Absolutely. You know, a true privilege, a true honor, she was a trail blazer, you know, who changed the lives for a lot of women, a lot of women of color and just when you think about when she was doing all these amazing things, the time, you get a real sense of the might within that vessel. It was incredible. What you convey in that clip and all through the series is the quiet strength of Shirley because she was facing so many barriers as she ran for president in 1972 but as you watch that series in light of what's happening in the country today, it really puts a new lens on it. Oh, without question. Absolutely. You know, again, you know, you think about what she was accomplishing at that time and how heavy that door must have been to try and open and, you know, it's still thought of as pretty impressive today seeing women in political forums and so what's exciting to know, I think, is that there are more women at that same door and even though it has so many locks on it, there's a lot more of us there ready to fight and open it and she led the way. What a cast you have there in "Mrs. America." Cate Blanchett, rose Byrne playing Gloria steinem, and you've really brought everything to this. Oh, my gosh. I remember when I heard the cast list, you know, the announcement and I kept saying, what, what. You know, every single name and all these women are exceptional, they brought their "A" game to this as well and are just phenomenal and it was just such a joy to see that energy and passion honestly that passion every single day on set at work. Yeah, it was just incredible. You had some impromptu musicals off camera. Yes, yes, yes, yes. We have a very, very, very musical theater oriented cast. Lover of the old standards. We love sondheim, Rodgers & hammerstein, a lot of "My fair lady" was being son, making up musicals. It was the real -- it was -- I mean, like everybody can sing. It was amazing. Well, it was. The series is amazing as well. Thanks for coming in this morning. "Mrs. America" is now streaming on FX on hulu and coming up,

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