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Issa Rae said “Insecure” began to feel like a “job”

The HBO series returns on April 12.

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People far and wide are huge fans of Issa Rae’s HBO series “Insecure,” but she has recently revealed that the show started to feel like a “job.” During a recent interview with Cultured Magazine, Rae explained the shift from season one to season two. Issa said, “It started to feel like a job. It’s very different from the first season when nobody has any expectations, and from Season 2, when people are anticipating it innocently. And these are expectations in terms of the audience, in terms of execs, things like that. That played a huge role in the anxiety surrounding it.”

She also addressed the topic of diversity and inclusion in Hollywood. “I’m always thinking about the fact that as a performer and someone on screen, I have a very limited window,” Issa said. “As a woman, as a Black person, there’s only so long that people are going to want to see me. If I’m lucky, I can have a Denzel career or a Phylicia Rashad career or Debbie Allen-type career, but that’s not always the case.”

The actress added that “Insecure” was a passion project, but became a homework assignment.

Issa Rae recently cleared the air about a potential Set It Off remake. While chatting with ET, she said, “Oh, I would never remake a classic. I don’t know where that came from.”

The rumor mill began buzzing regarding Rae and her Issa Rae Productions company remaking the 1996 film. She told ET Live back in November that there is “absolutely no reason to try to redo it. It’s been done, and we did it so well, that people are absolutely going to compare it to that and I think that’s her taking on a tremendous chore because that film has become a cult classic and some things are just better left.”

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