Even though she created Insecure, Issa Rae was still nervous about starring on the HBO comedy when the show first began shooting two years ago.
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Three seasons in, Rae, who has received two Golden Globe nominations, admits that she still struggles with the show’s emotional scenes — especially the ones shared with Jay Ellis — because she doesn’t like to show her emotions.
“I tend to hide my vulnerabilities,” she says. “So the scenes with Jay, who plays Lawrence in the first season and second season, where we really just had to bare it all were emotionally draining. You’re tapping into a real place.”
However, the end result always makes it worth it. “It feels cathartic, because I don’t do that in real life. To be able to do that through that character is hard but rewarding.”
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