“Insecure” star Issa Rae covers the June 2020 issue of Cosmopolitan magazine photographed by Ruth Ossai.
On the fourth season of Insecure: “Someone asked me if I felt pressure about this season coming on, and up until now, I hadn’t. This f*cking virus changed everything. Most of my mentions have been like, ‘Drop it, girl, stop playing, drop all the episodes at once’—like I’m HBO. And I’m like, ‘What the f*ck? We’re literally still mixing and editing.’”
On the pandemic: “We’re being forced to stop and just reevaluate, be creative in our approach. Humans are resilient. We’re going to figure this sh*t out.”
On fame: “The bigger you are and the more people know your name, the more people you’re stumbling in front of.”
On her legacy: “I want to be a pop culture staple—a black pop culture staple. I want to have an impact on my community. Everything I’ve done has been for—and in thinking of—black people, and I don’t take this moment lightly. I want to do right by us, at the end of the day.”
Issa Rae covers the June issue of Cosmopolitan on newsstands nationwide on May 12.
[Photo Credit: Ruth Ossai/Cosmopolitan Magazine]