Issa Rae returns in ‘Insecure’ on HBO

“Insecure,” the critically acclaimed series about the personal and professional lives of Black women in Los Angeles, recently returned to HBO for a third season.

Issa Rae, who created the show with Larry Wilmore, portrays Issa Dee. Her best friend is Molly, portrayed by Yvonne Orji. The show, which is designed for mature audiences, is nominated for two 2018 Emmy Awards: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (Rae)

And Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-camera Series.

“Insecure” is partially based on Rae’s comedy web series, “Awkward Black Girl.” It premiered on YouTube in 2011 and followed the life of J as she interacted with co-workers and love interests who placed her in uncomfortable situations.

“I’m glad I’ve been allowed to move on from ‘Awkward Black Girl’ and give [fans] something new, more grown, and that’s a bit closer to me,” Rae said. “It’s been great to see the response. Some have gone back to revisit ‘Awkward Black Girl’ as a result of ‘Insecure’ so that’s been amazing, too.”

In the new season of “Insecure,” Rae’s character has gone through a major change. She moved out of the apartment she once shared with her ex-boyfriend, Lawrence, and is sleeping on the couch of another former lover, Daniel.

“Season three is about you should know better, so do better,” Rae said. “These characters, they’ve made a lot of mistakes. When you’re sleeping on somebody’s couch you’re kind of unstable and living with Daniel parallels her job, her love life, so she’s going to have to woman up.”

Rae’ character continues her close relationship with her female friends on the show.

“Whenever you have the four girls together it’s fun…because there’s nothing like the energy of your girlfriends,” she said. “They’re all so different and they’re always on different pages. Tiffany [played by Amanda Seales] is pregnant and that might change the friendship dynamic in a way they don’t expect and they have to come to terms with that.”

Rae’s co-star Orji gave her take on season three.

“We’re growing up a little bit,” she said. “We’re taking two steps forward – might take five steps back.”

Co-star Natasha Rothwell, who plays Kelli, added that the women in show will be “cashing checks that they wrote in seasons one and two.”