Issa Rae – the one woman in Hollywood who you should have on your radar.
The 32-year-old actress, writer, producer, and director is the leading lady and producer of the popular HBO series, Insecure. Issa’s character is relatable on so many levels. Millennials, people of color, self described nerds and women are just a few demographics who will see pieces of themselves in Issa.
Insecure shows reality how it is
Often times, black relationships, both platonic and romantic, fall into stereotypes. Insecure features black relationships for all that they are and could be. Normal. “It’s important to show the mundaneness, because it shows [black people] as human,” Rae says.
She built her own empire
Before Rae landed on one of the biggest networks, she was one of the many people trying to make it on Youtube. Her Youtube web series, Awkward Black Girl, kicked off in 2011 and amassed a huge following along with a Shorty Award. The rest is history.
All about girl power
Rae has pledged to solely creating female leads of color. The void in the market calls for them, she says. Insecure was created specifically for women of color.
She’s raw and uncut
More than anything, Rae hasn’t let the stardom get to her head. After wrapping production on season 2 of Insecure, she celebrated in the proper fashion – with a bottle. “I have so many pictures of me just drinking straight out of the bottle over the last year. That’s definitely a hobby.” Relatable much?
Dusting herself off and trying again
When fans felt Insecure was snubbed of an Emmy nomination, Rae didn’t let the news get to her. Instead, the Standford graduate acknowledged how great it would’ve been to be nominated and kept it moving by keeping herself busier.
At this rate, we are seeing Emmy’s in her destined to be bright future.