Issa Rae is blazing quite the trail in the TV sphere.
The writer, producer, and actress has been earning praise aplenty for her warts and all comedy ‘Insecure.’
A hit both critically commercially and , the series has viewers hooked each week and for many fills the void left by the glaring absence of similar shows in the contemporary small screen landscape.
In a new profile feature for GQ, Rae reveals that this was the very reason she created the HBO smash. And in trademark fashion, she added an quirky twist to the remark by recreating the looks of of her favorite Black shows – including ‘Moesha’ and ‘The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air.’
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Rae says that an inspiration for creating Insecure was watching the sitcoms she grew up on, shows with predominantly black casts like Living Single and A Different World, disappear from television—a void that no one seemed inclined to fill. Growing up in Los Angeles, where her father, a doctor from Senegal, had a practice in Inglewood, Rae would frequently recognize her own neighborhood in movies like Love and Basketball and on shows like Girlfriends. Then that stuff just vanished. “The takeaway was ‘Agh, black people are so dope. Where are they at on TV right now? Now I want my own version.’ ”
Despite her inspirations, Rae suggests ‘Insecure’s popularity may lay in its ability to dart between the funny aspects of life and the “ish is getting real” moments too.
Another excerpt read:
Early on, the show worked a bit like a sitcom: jokes in search of a meaningful structure. But since those first few episodes, Rae and her collaborators have steadily raised the emotional stakes, to the point where HBO asked Rae whether they were still making a comedy. “I remember HBO seeing the first episode of the second season and being like, ‘Oh, my God, is our show dramatic?’ ” Rae recalls. This blurring of the line between antic heartbreak and heartbroken antics is the root of Insecure‘s appeal: It feels like life.
‘Insecure’ season 3 premieres August 12th on HBO.