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Issa Rae Covers Teen Vogue; Talks ‘Insecure’ Return, Hiatus, More

The last episode of the widely popular HBO series, Insecure, aired in September 2018. Fans have been highly anticipating the shows return, and now there’s confirmation.

Creator, actress, and writer Issa Rae cover the April edition of Teen Vogue, and in her sit down, she opened about the shows return, why she took a two-year hiatus, her blossoming film career and more. The fourth season of ‘Insecure’ will return on Sunday, April 12.

“Insecure takes nine months out of my life,” she explains. “I’m pulling from life experience, and if you’re not living, then what are you really making? It’s a dream to be able to make this show, but I want to make sure that the show is also good. We needed a pause. Coming back, we just felt so fresh and excited to be there, and it showed. It felt like fun again.”

“I love this season so much,” she adds. “Season three we always knew was the building season. In the [writer’s room], we were always like, ‘Ooh, season four going to be lit!’ [This season is] just about asking the question: Are people in your life for a reason or a season?”

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Issa also addresses the importance of being able to share Black experiences through the show and its stories, which she understands are not “one size fits all.”

“We can’t showcase everybody’s experience. This is personal to me, and it’s about my friends,'” she says. “And even still, you get people that are like, ‘That’s not me’ or ‘I don’t know any Black folks like that…’ I don’t feel obligated to tell certain stories because of our audience, and I don’t feel restricted from telling certain stories because of our audience. It’s my story. Who’s going to tell me what to say?”

Although the show was on the backburner, Issa’s entry into Hollywood was front and center. In the last two years, she has appeared in ‘The Hate U Give’ and ‘Little’ and was also the leading lady in the romantic drama, ‘The Photograph,’ alongside Lakeith Stanfield. Issa will also play the lead in the upcoming rom-com ‘The Lovebirds,’ co-starring Kumail Nanjiani, which has been delayed due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The film should be available soon on Netflix.

“I just want to try different things [and] keep getting better…because I’ve never considered myself an actress,” Rae says. “I always considered myself a writer-producer—and an actress for fun. I want to make sure that with each project I’m taking on, I’m bringing something to the table and not just showing up as me. A lot of people don’t get this opportunity, so I don’t want to take it for granted.”

Issa Rae Covers Teen Vogue; Talks ‘Insecure’ Return, Hiatus, More

 
 
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