Tasha Rothwell, Neil Brown, Issa discussed on The Times: Daily news from the L.A. Times


Was there anything that you wish could have made it into the finale that didn't? In the penultimate, one thing that, you know, I kicked myself over, you mentioned in Tasha Rothwell, who is brilliant and so is Neil Brown junior and we had a setting with Kelly and Chad in the same room and we recorded something, but it didn't fit, but to not have like a moment with the two of them is something that I will be kicking myself over for a while. Well, looking back on the last decade or so, that line when Issa says I just want to fast forward to the part of my life where everything is okay. I mean, that felt like it came straight out of my internal monologue. But is that a thought you had often back then or even still now? How much are you literally seeing yourself in talking to yourself in the scene like that? Absolutely had that thought back then, as a matter of fact, that is my line. I recall saying that in my colleagues days in my New York days, very broke New York days trying to figure things out with things going wrong and just being like, my God, can I just fast forward to the part where everything's cool and I know what I'm doing and I haven't had that thought in a very long time, but I definitely, you know, still pour over decisions that I'm making and think about the outcomes and consequences of the things that I'm doing. And like I said, sometimes that comes from a place of fear and comes from a place of reservation that where I don't necessarily want to be, you know, sometimes I want to make the dumb decision and see where that takes me, but that feeling that you're running out of time and that you can't afford to make these mistakes or can't afford to take these particular detours, increases as you get older unless you go through a midlife crisis and you're like, but I haven't reached that point yet. I think I've reached that point. I mean, you've come a long way, goes without saying since the awkward black girl web series days. How would you describe what it's been like navigating your rise? I mean, people tend to mythologize my journey and I think up until recently, you know, I was so in it that I didn't really I didn't really realize, you know, how long it's been how far it's been, yeah, this ten year anniversary about her black girl and thinking about even I was working with I'm working on a new show called rap with the show runner who came from insecure, but before insecure we worked on one of our very first pilots and you know we were having a conversation on set and she was just kind of reliving her assistant days of just like, oh my gosh, the whole thing. Why don't people punch the description this way? Like I remember when we had to hand hole punches and I was like, what the? And I was just like, damn, you really were just like, you're shoveling this show now and you were just hole punching our scripts, you know, 5 to 6 years ago. I guess through her and just dawned on me, you know, how far we've kind of all come and man it forced me to take a step back and just be like, oh man, I remember when I was doing this and wasn't sure what my path was going to be or how this was going to end up. I remember, you know, walking a couple blocks down while we were shooting the pilot after hers and getting the phone call from HBO that they weren't going to move forward on the script that leery and I hit submitted and that was the last opportunity for him to still be a part of it. And just, you know, getting that phone call walking offset to the side of the road and just crying. What the am.

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