The Black actress spoke about how her show, which expands on the day to day life of a Black woman in Los Angeles.
Issa Rae talked about her TV show ‘Insecure’, which she believes tells a Black narrative that has been absent on the small screen for a long time. Most programs about Blacks have tackled more serious aspects of Black life, but ‘Insecure’ is based on the experience of a Black female in Los Angeles, dealing with adulting, dating and all the routine aspects of life in between.
“I say that black people don’t really get a chance to just be regular and boring and go through everyday things and this is very much a slice of life show,” Rae said in an interview with The Huffington Post.
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The show, which premieres on October 9, is obviously influenced by Rae’s sharp sense of humor and personal life, but the actress and producer was quick to point out that the script isn’t by any means an autobiography. She said that the script was written by a diverse group of writers, who wrote from their own experiences.
“Every writer has like a piece or a morsel or a chunk of their life in [the script] and we’re all from different backgrounds,” she said.
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Rae was inspired into creating the Black narrative by shows she watched as a kid. She grew up and in the 1990s and she really liked the TV program “Living single,” which she said opened her up to a world she had not yet experienced.
“That was my access [to black culture] because I was watching those shows growing up in Maryland, where I didn’t have a lot of black friends, sometimes where I was the only black girl,” she said. “I was like ‘Oh wow! This is such a diverse array of black people in general and then even being in L.A. and watching those shows.’”
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The actress stated that she dreamed of becoming a writer for those shows as a kid, but the shows started to go off TV as time went on. Now, it feels like TV shows with Black creators at the helm and shows about the black experience are coming back to TV.
“I’m proud of it. I’m so happy for it. I’m enriched by it. I’m better for it,” Rae said. “We’re reclaiming our narrative in a way that we haven’t done in a long time collectively and it’s just such an exciting time to be a part of this.”