Issa Rae oozed with style in her gorgeous shoot for Bustle on Tuesday, while speaking about Emmys regrets, friend breakups, the moving goalpost of success, and whether celebrities can persuade voters.
The Insecure star who graced the Rule Breakers September 2020 issue wearing braids did not hold back in her candid conversation with author Elaine Marie Welteroth as she also dived into the need for diversity in Hollywood.
On “friendship breakups” being just as complex and heartbreaking as a romantic split: “We don’t really get these stories that are rich and treated with the same sincerity and hurt and anguish that romances are,” she expressed. “Friendships are relationships. They are romances; you love your friends.”
“And nobody respects friendship breakups in the same way as you respect a romantic breakup, but they affect your life, and you take them for granted, and there was something so beautiful about examining the little paper cuts, which almost hurt more,” she added. “That was something that we broke down from the beginning, examining what happens when it’s nobody’s fault.”
On being private about her personal life: “I’ve always been private even in my friendships, because I’m like, ‘Oh, people don’t care.'”
“I joke that my friend scarred me because I was telling my business in high school, and she was like, ‘But, Issa, nobody cares. Stop.’ And then I was like, ‘Don’t nobody do care. That’s true.’ That stuck with me,” she continued. “Or even hearing, again, in my friendship circles, people that talk s–t about relationships and root for your s–t to fail in so many ways. I don’t want to give anybody anything to wish to fail.”
“I remember, back in the day, I used to post my relationship from a long time ago,” she recalled, “And I remember I saw these commenters that I didn’t know, comment on an old picture and be like, ‘See.’ And I was like, ‘Oh, I don’t like this.’ And then, from that point forward, I was like, ‘Oh, I’m never acknowledging anything.'”
On the need for Hollywood equality: “Since we’ve had these uprisings, since we’ve had these Hollywood conversations, I’ve been on white-ass sets that are acknowledging why we need diversity. So I’m like, ‘Something’s really clicking,'” she said. “But I don’t know what else to tell you. I can only show you or do it, but I’m not the one. I am tired. I got exhausted having these conversations the other day, where I’m like … I don’t want to be the tokenized person for you to talk about these experiences with. But I’ve said that before, too, and I still am.”
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