“In real life, I am trash, and I embrace that,” the HBO star joked.
“The character in my show is named after me, and that was purely by accident,” Issa Rae, creator and star of HBO’s Insecure, told The Hollywood Reporter during the Comedy Actress Roundtable. “I didn’t realize the implications.”
“For me it just came down to telling human stories,” Rae told THR on wanting to create a show where people of color could be seen as relatable. “Trying to be funny, putting people in realistic situations. We’re telling a very universally specific story.”
Rae also has made steps to push for more male nudity on the show than female nudity. “They’ve been really great and generous with their body parts,” she said of her actors. “I would like to see more dicks.”
More roundtables featuring comedy and drama actresses, actors, showrunners and reality creators will continue through July in print and online. Tune in to new episodes of Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter starting May 25 on Sundance TV, and look for clips at THR.com/topic/roundtables with full episodes on THR.com after broadcast.