Yvonne Orji, who plays Molly on the HBO series "Insecure," refuses to swear or curse even in jokes because her Christian faith dictates that profanities are "non-negotiables" and she chooses to stick to her beliefs.
In a recent interview with Business Insider, Orji talked about equal pay and other challenges she encountered as a black woman in the comedy department. The Christian actress, who stars in HBO's "Insecure," also explained why she does not sacrifice her beliefs just for her craft in show business.
Molly, Orji's character in the HBO series, is a promiscuous woman. Despite this role, the American-Nigerian actress stays firmly grounded in her Christian faith and does not compromise religion for her jokes in her stand-up performances.
Orji revealed that there were times when someone would come up to her to suggest that she could incorporate swearing in her act to make the joke funnier. However, she insisted that as a devout Christian, cursing is not an option for her.
"And they really think it'll make it funny. And it would. I actually believe it would make it funnier, but I don't curse so it's not an option for me. I have a couple non-negotiables," Orji told Business Insider. "For me, it goes against what I firmly believe in. And it's fine, but my non-negotiable won't impede on your well-being."
In an August issue of People Magazine, Orji discussed her commitment to remain a virgin until she gets married. She told the publication that she made that promise to God even before her Hollywood career took off.
In addition, Orji said she wants to make God proud and represent Him in Hollywood. This, she said, was her purpose in this industry.
Aside from that, Orji revealed that she was willing to explain her vow of celibacy to people who are curious about it so that she can help them understand it. For her, this was better than letting anyone just formulate their own narrative about the issue.