With the doctor last week and now Jidenna, we start to see, That fear of settling drives her to sign up for The League, an app I had no idea existed before this show. I’m not a big app girl for all the reasons Molly mentions: judging me off a picture and three things I wrote to gauge my personality.
I’m very old school — I need hands on, let’s go out, and let me see you in your element at the grocery store.
But as a woman, you’re in tune with your sexuality. Next week’s episode hints at “down low” culture within black communities, and it does it in a way that makes women, specifically Molly, just as complicit as men in casual homophobia. I think it’s less him being on the DL and more of a question about fluidity. ” they’d probably say “No, I like this man.” Even when Chiron says he hasn’t been with anyone since that night, it’s less “I’m gay” and more I have an emotional connection to this man and want to be with him.
We talk about how if a girl kisses another girl it’s just, “We made out, but I’m not gay.” But then when it’s the other way around, Molly can’t wrap her head around it. People would say, well, then you’re gay, but it’s deeper than that. So what we bring up on Insecure is this notion of, where’s the fine line?
We were in the process of developing it just when Insecure came along. Issa’s right: Online you’re able to write your own thing, push a button that says “publish,” and then it’s out in the world, and people can give you immediate feedback.
Working in the TV landscape adds a lot more voices to the mix and that has its advantages and challenges, but at the end of the day, what you get is hopefully a product that’s true to the voice you started out with.
How do you then, as an actor, approach Molly’s sex scenes without that frame of reference?
Especially given Molly has much rougher sex than Issa? This week with Jidenna was more of a light make-out session, but I actually haven’t watched the later episodes where Molly gets it in.
How do I be true to this character but at the same time protect my brand?We found a middle ground where you’ll see I have my clothes on for the most part. So I was like, “Hey, I’m familiar with how this works.Debbie Allen directed next week’s episode and we talked about what wouldn’t be shown. It’s funny — because I haven’t had sex before, there were technical things they thought they had to teach me. I’m just not engaging in it.” It was just a matter of making it realistic.I love that people are really identifying with us both.We’re all a little bit Molly and Issa, and we’ve all known a Lawrence and had a Daniel.