Issa Rae is serving up mogul realness and with the anticipation of the second season of Insecure approaches. The writer, director and actress sat down with Complex to discuss her upcoming accomplishments.
Issa Rae isn’t just your average “awkward black girl.” Her pen game is impeccable and touches on subjects that are seen as taboo to other writers. The work she has put in so far even earned her a Golden Globe nominations this year. Rae creatively gained exposure through her YouTube series The Misadventures of an Awkward Black Girl. The HBO show Insecure is based on that narrative with much more flavor. Rae and fellow writers of Insecure hit the nail on the head each episode while discussing topics such as “the hoe phase,” infidelity, and being black in corporate America.
Issa Rae discussed with Nadeska Alexis of Complex her inspirations when it comes to television.
“I grew up watching Vanessa and Rudy on The Cosby Show. I grew up watching Laura on Family Matters. Moesha—Brandy as Moesha. I mean, Gina Prince-Bythewood, has always inspired me she says via Love & Basketball.”
Rae touched on the patience and difficulties it took to transition between a web series to television. “Waiting is so hard. I mean the benefit of YouTube, like you said, “is the instant feedback and that you can like, have an idea and just put it out immediately and get the instant gratification,” Rae explained. “I think for me the hardest part was being like ‘I could put this shit out now, like, what’s the problem?’ But then it forces you to hone in and to make it the best possible. I feel like everything happened for a reason and the timing was perfect.”
Rae channeled her inner Pam Grier for the cover shoot. She had her bold fro and vintage styled clothing which gave me a 70’s vibes.
Season 2 of Insecure premiers this Sunday, July 23 at 10:30 ET on HBO