Issa Rae is back for the new season of HBO’s Insecure, and recently sat down with Nadeska Alexis from Complex to talk about a slew of topics from her successful show, life goals, old TV exes and much more.
In the interview, Nadeska Alexis starts off by asking Rae about the women she grew up watching. The 32-year-old 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 dying off, the star didn’t mince words in her response.
“I’m happy to report that we’re making progress. People are dying,” she said in joke-y and serious manner. “Roger Ailes just died. He needed to go. it’s great. As time goes on… 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 that have opportunities now and who have, a firm vision and are intent on hiring the people who haven’t been hired in the past. I’m very optimistic on that. People die every day, so it’s great.”
“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,” she adds. “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.”
Watch the full interview with Issa Rae below, and be sure to catch Season 2 of Insecure on HBO this Sunday, July 23rd.