You know her best as Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren, a decidedly unglamorous inmate of Litchfield Penitentiary in the hit Netflix series Orange is the New Black. But outside of the prison walls, the actress behind that very memorable character, Uzo Aduba, cleans up beautifully.
To nab a Critics Choice Award Thursday for guest performer in a comedy, the actress looked gorgeous in a shimmering golden vintage dress and House of Lavande jewels — and she and her celebrity glam squad, hairstylist Jamika Wilson and makeup artist Jessica Smalls, let us inside her getting-ready moments before she hit the red carpet. (And yes, Aduba loves getting all dressed up for events like this: “It reminds me of getting ready for prom, Every. Single. Time. And I just feel pretty!” she tells PEOPLE. “I don’t wear a jumpsuit in my personal everyday life, so to step out and wear something elegant is always fun. I’m a girl who loves fashion so it feels like a dream.”)
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