You probably recognize Yetide Badaki from American Gods. She plays Bliquis, the old god of love, who gains devotion by devouring men through her vagina. If that's not an introduction, we don't know what is.
Badaki, a self-described science fiction and fantasy geek, was familiar with Neil Gaiman's American Gods well before she got the role on the show. She actually sent a quote of Gaiman's to herself at the end of 2015, as inspiration for the upcoming year. Guess that intention worked out pretty good.
As you can see in the video above, the Nigerian-born actress talked to SYFY WIRE about her introduction to fantasy, science fiction, and storytelling. It started when she was a child, being told fire-side stories by her Nigerian elders. Then she learned about ancient mythology and the gods, which seamlessly evolved into watching Star Trek: The Next Generation and Quantum Leap. Captain Picard's speeches stick with her to this day.
"All of these stories gave me a place where I felt like I belonged," Badaki explains. It is a sentiment that is shared across virtually every fan of genre.
If you've ever wanted to hear someone speak eloquently, succinctly, and beautifully about the joy of being a geek, check out Badaki's Origin Story above.
Additional information by Alyse Wax.