Creator of HBO‘s Insecure, Issa Rae is the cover star for Glamour Magazine‘s TV Issue which features Amy Poehler, Hasan Minhaj, Lili Reinhart, Lakeith Stanfield and more stars.
Read excerpts from her interview below:
On her uncertainity about her future in entertainment: The embarrassment came from making a YouTube series while all of my friends were being doctors, lawyers, diplomats, all of those different things. Those postcollege questions—did I have to go to college to do this? Did I have to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to make YouTube videos?—that was embarrassing for me.
On South L.A. and the gentrification that’s transforming it: White people left the neighborhood, there was white flight, and now they’re coming back and pushing us out. I’m moving back there—that’s what I want—but I’ve already seen the change. It’s disheartening.
On finding out Michelle Obama was a fan of Insecure: She had just finished watching the finale, and she was like, ‘That fakeout—how could you do that? I thought you and Lawrence were going to live happily ever after.’ I was like, ‘You really watch it?’ She was like, ‘Yes. Sasha and Malia put me on to it’. It was like talking to my auntie. It bums me out that I will never have that feeling again of the First Family f–king with us so hard and getting us. If Melania said that to me, I would be like, ‘Well, I guess it’s canceled. We’re not making this show. It’s not ours anymore.’
On being criticized when a section from her 2015 memoir, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl was taken out of context: I was like, ‘Are they serious?’ Literally the chapter before, I say I’ve never even dated interracially,” she says. “That felt like a classic case of people looking for something to be upset with. I knew it was going to happen eventually, but it was just very, very interesting to me.