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Yvonne Orji, who stars as the ambitious Molly on HBO’s hit series Insecure, stood for her values and beliefs firmly after saying she’s proud to be a virgin at 33 years of age. While the actress and stand up comedienne doesn’t necessarily broadcast her choice, Orji stated that her faith informs her decision to wait to have sex until she’s married.

PEOPLE exclusively writes:

“I’m open, because why not?” she tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue. “I’m grounded in who I am.”

She adds, “Before any of [the fame] happened, I sat down with myself and with God and thought, when I make it, how do you want me to represent you while I’m here?” The HBO star says she answered her own question: “It was like, OK, I know why I’m here. It’s to make you proud.”

Orji says she’s always more than willing to explain her decision to anyone who inquires.

“People ask about it because they’re curious, or they may not understand,” she says. “How will they ever get understand if I don’t talk about it? I can inform your curiosity, as opposed to everyone being in the dark and just sort of creating their own narrative about it.”

With Insecure now in its second season and Orji’s character taking on some tough new challenges in the love department, fans should expect to see big things for the Nigerian-American rising star in the future after the show’s announcement for an upcoming third season.