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Issa Rae: ‘I draw inspiration from where I’m most uncomfortable and find the humour in that’

INSPIRED: Issa Rae

INSPIRED: Issa Rae

ISSA RAE says her inspiration comes from where she’s most uncomfortable and the ability to find humour in the most awkward situations.

Speaking to Elle, the Golden Globe-nominated creator and star of HBO’s hit show, Insecure, explained that her winning formula comes from the most unconventional spaces.

“I draw inspiration from where I’m most uncomfortable and out of place and find the humour in that.

She added: “I consider myself a mirror – you’re a reflection through my lens from conversations with my friends and a lot of my relationships.”

Prior to Insecure fame, her aptly titled web series, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, went viral on YouTube leading to a book on that theme in 2005.

The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, which began in 2011, was a response to “the mainstream media portrayal of what blackness is”.

However, The transition from independent internet operator to part of mainstream media has brought new challenges, she says.

“I’m a very impatient, impulsive person,” Issa Rae explained previously. “I’m very used to like, ‘Oh, I have an idea, let me write it, post it real quick, it’s out there, the audience loves it or hates it.’ Insecure has been been a three-year journey from pitch to screen. I’ve been just like, ‘Aaargh! I want to get it out there!’

Back in December, the 32-year-old was invited to The White House for the annual Holiday Reception.

When meeting her, President Barack Obama admitted he was a fan of the show and its accompanying soundtrack.

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