Issa Rae Reveals How She Feels About Comedy Series 'Insecure' Ending


| LAST UPDATE 03/31/2021

By Molly Houghton
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HBO's Insecure has been bringing joy to viewers with its relatable humor since the show's 2016 premiere. Issa Rae, the comedy-drama's creator, protagonist, and executive producer, opened up on how she feels about the series coming to an end.

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So far, 2021 has been a rocking year for the hilarious comedian and writer. Rae was nominated for Best Actress in a Comedy Series at the Critics' Choice Awards and recently won big at the NAACP Image Awards, which honors people of color in TV, film, music, and literature. Issa took home Best Comedy Series and Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series for Insecure.

The hit series will premiere its fifth and final season this year, but Issa admitted to Entertainment Tonight that she's been preparing for the end for a while now. "I've been wrapping my head around this since candidly, season 3," Rae said of the series' end. "But I'm so grateful to be able to play this character, who is obviously a version of me, and in the same way that I want this character to grow, I want to be able to grow, too. So I think that's what comes with it. I've played her for a long time, and I have so much more that I want to do."

Issa has big plans for the future and has already started working on other shows and films. The talented actress starred in and produced 2019's Little alongside Regina Hall and Marsai Martin and is an executive producer on the HBO comedy series A Black Lady Sketch Show.

While Rae is ready to move on to more new projects, the comedic icon added she's not taking her time left on Insecure for granted. "Being on set every day, I'm definitely taking it all in on a different level now, just in terms of, 'Wow, I love this family. This is my family.' And we've done so much, and these people are incredible, and I feel so blessed to work with them," the star shared. "And I know I'll look back on this time very, very fondly, as I do now."

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In case fans don't remember, Insecure's Season 4 ended with quite a few jaw-dropping revelations. The protagonist, played by Issa and bearing the same name, rekindled an old romance with ex Lawrence (Jay Ellis). And we learned that Condola (Christina Elmore) was pregnant with Lawrence's child. Rae assured viewers there will be enough time to wrap up all of the show's plotlines. "We're getting more than eight episodes!" she excitedly shared. The series will premiere on HBO and past seasons are streamable on Hulu.