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Posted Monday 9/10/18 at 8:51PM EDT
Why Insecure made the wrong decision on this week's episode
As Angelica Jade Bastién points out, Issa Rae's HBO comedy "treats Issa’s relationships with men as having far more narrative importance than her friendships, which exist in a strange liminal state. They’re marketed as important, but as the show has grown, they don’t actually take up much residence in Issa’s emotional life. In particular, Issa’s friendships with Kelli and Tiffany — both characters who deserve more development — come across like the kind of friendships you develop in college and only maintain out of habit." ALSO: Jay Ellis responds to the #LawrenceHive petition to bring Lawrence back.
Posted Monday 8/13/18 at 8:43AM EDT
Issa Rae to Insecure's "#LawrenceHive": "Shut the f*ck up"
Rae has a message for fans of Jay Ellis: "Look, Lawrence Hive, if you keep in touch with your exes every single day then by all means continue to protest. But if you're the type to cut exes off and move on, then shut the f*ck up." Meanwhile, showrunner Prentice Penny explains how the writers' room decided to dump Lawrence from Season 3: "For us in the room, it was hard to force him into a story. Once we said, 'Maybe he’s not in the season,' it kind of became, 'Whoa, wow, what does that mean then?' Once that domino dropped, it just opened us up in so many other ways of how we tell stories."
Posted Saturday 8/11/18 at 4:53AM EDT
Issa Rae's Insecure shows even more assuredness in Season 3
"This is what Insecure does so well: It takes the small moments of real life and magnifies them to get at the broader themes the show wants to address," says Jen Chaney. "One of the show’s most consistent themes — and one that’s emphasized heavily in the first half of this new season — is the struggle to find a place where one can feel comfortable and be her best self, something that’s particularly challenging when you’re an African-American woman like Issa or her best friend, the perpetually, gloriously overconfident Molly (Yvonne Orji). The show is called Insecure for a reason, and that comes across loud and clear in the first four episodes, the first of which airs Sunday night."
- Why Insecure doesn't need Jay Ellis' Lawrence anymore, even though he was the most interesting character
- Insecure is more subdued than usual — even somber — in the first few episodes of the season
- Rae makes the most of small moments in the quiet Season 3
- Rae wants to clarify that Season 3 is much more than tackling toxic masculinity
- Rae wanted Season 3 to feel fresh, new and current, so she held a contest to find unheard artists
Posted Tuesday 7/31/18 at 4:36AM EDT
Issa Rae was stunned by Insecure fans' "Where's Lawrence" petition appearing in her Facebook feed
The #WheresLawrence petition to bring Jay Ellis' character back for Season 3 of her HBO series appeared as a sponsored post, prompting Rae to tweet: "Wow. A sponsored post, though? Like... money was spent?"
Posted Monday 7/23/18 at 4:11PM EDT
Issa Rae confirms Insecure is taking a break from Jay Ellis' Lawrence in Season 3
“You never see the exes again," says Rae. "And it’s okay! You gotta explore life without Lawrence.” ALSO: Insecure will have a new "timely" show within the show.
Posted Thursday 6/14/18 at 4:48AM EDT
Jay Ellis slams Twitter user for saying Insecure disses black men
A Twitter user accused Issa Rae and her staff of promoting "some sort of f*ckery about black men." To which Ellis responded: "As a black man who was a part of the first two seasons of @IssaRae and the very diverse writing staff of 'Insecure’s' work, I’d have to say STFU! ...btw pick your pants up, your toxicity is showing."
Posted Monday 5/14/18 at 11:28PM EDT
Jay Ellis: I've been punched, slapped, chased, cussed at over my Insecure role
“I done been punched over Lawrence," he says of playing the ex-boyfriend of Issa Rae's character on the HBO series. "I done been slapped over Lawrence. I done been cussed out over Lawrence. I done been chased down the hallway at the airport over Lawrence. It’s really interesting. This is one of my favorite things about Lawrence…that he is a dude that polarizes. You either love him or hate him, and as an actor that’s one of my favorite things about what I do.”
Posted Friday 4/27/18 at 9:17PM EDT
Is Jay Ellis not returning to Insecure?
Production on Season 3 of Issa Rae's HBO series is well underway, but Ellis says he hasn't filmed one scene and has been “out of the loop” when it comes to the new season’s storyline and filming schedule.
Posted Thursday 8/17/17 at 10:16PM EDT
Jay Ellis watched his crazy Insecure threesome with a large group of fans
Source: The Daily Beast
When he tweeted to his fans to watch Sunday’s episode with him at a NYC hotel, Ellis didn’t realize the threesome episode was airing. “Watching that with the fans was wild,” Ellis says. “I didn’t even remember which episode it was until I saw the grocery store scene and was like, shit…should I have invited all these people?”