Issa Rae is back with Season 2 of HBO’s hit series Insecure. Issa sat down with Nadeska Alexis from Complex to discuss life goals, old TV exes and how she achieves the ideal bestfriend goals.
Nadeska Alexis from Complex revved up the interview by asking Rae about the influential women she grew up watching. The media mogul says, “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, I always say inspired me, just via Love & Basketball.”
Complex also asks Rae about a comment she made regarding Hollywood’s diversity and progress being tied to racist, old executives who have to die in order for us to make progress, the star honestly responded.
“I’m happy to say that we’re reporting… To report that we’re making progress. People are dying. Roger Ailes just died. He needed to go. It’s great, so I mean, as time goes on obviously unfortunately we won’t be able to take advantage of it like the younger generation, but it’s happening and I feel like there are people in positions of power who wouldn’t have had an opportunity in the past who have opportunities now, and who have, like, a firm vision and are intent on hiring the people who haven’t been hired in the past. I’m very optimistic on that. Like people die every day, so it’s great.”
Issa Rae reveals her reasoning behind hiring an entry level crew to assist in production for Season 2 of Insecure.
“It’s amazing. It’s just, like, you give someone an opportunity and if they knock it out of the park other doors will open. Then it’s crazy because other people will just jump on board, but it’s like all they needed was a chance and that’s the biggest catch-22 of the situation of just trying to work in Hollywood, trying to hire younger writers, trying to hire people who aren’t in the union and who aren’t experienced. It’s like they’ll never get those opportunities if they don’t get a chance, and some people get a chance and blow it. OK, but at least they got one.”
Check out the full Issa Rae interview with Complex below, and be sure to catch Season 2 of Insecure on HBO this Sunday, July 23rd.