December 14, 2016

With announcements coming out this week for the 2017 Golden Globes Nominations, the New York Film Academy paid special attention to alumna, Issa Rae, who was nominated for Best Actress in a TV Comedy or Musical for her performance on HBO’s “Insecure,” a show she writes, produces, and acts in.

“It was bittersweet, if I’m being 100 percent honest,” said Rae in a Vulture interview. “I was like, this is dope as hell, but it sucks that my name is the only one associated with all the hard work that everybody put in. ’Cause I want everybody to know that our showrunners are dope, our director’s dope, our writers are dope, our cast is amazing.”

What began as her web series, “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl,” has grown into the popular HBO series, “Insecure,” which has not only landed a second season, but has also provided Rae with a development deal with HBO programming across its stable of distribution channels, with a special focus on diversity.

“You know, every week that the episode would air, we’d gather at like a writer’s house and watch, and then analyze, tweet, and just talk about it,” Rae said about how far the show has grown. “And that’s when it became kind of real to me that it was out there.

Rae and her team are now hard at work in the writer’s room for season two of the hit show, which will be a continuation of her story in the first season. The team aims to continue to explore Issa and Molly’s friendship dynamic, which Rae says is the core of the show. And TV Week has announced that the show has been greenlighted for a third season.

For those who haven’t had a chance to watch the first season of “Insecure,” be sure to check out HBO or HBO Go to catch up.

Please note: NYFA does not represent that these are typical or guaranteed career outcomes. The success of our graduates in any chosen professional pathway depends on multiple factors, and the achievements of NYFA alumni are the result of their hard work, perseverance, talent and circumstances.