“It feels different,” Orji says. “There’s nothing put upon our blackness. It’s just, you wake up and you’re black, and that’s the experience we’re gong to watch today. I think it’s a refreshing take on the black experience that even if you’re not African-American you, too, can enjoy it. Like, ‘Oh. Yea. I guess they are kind of regular, normal people.’ Not like no one doesn’t think that we are, but it normalizes the black experience, which I think is important.”
And two, evolving from a popular web series to HBO is a pretty big deal.
“It’s a new paradigm. It’s a huge shift,” she says. “I also think it empowers creatives to say, ‘Hey, you know what? I can make this happen.’ A lot of times in Hollywood, it’s ‘How are we going to get this green lit? How are we going to get this financed?’ There are so many ‘How are wes?’ This just shows it can be done if you just produce good content.”
“Insecure”premieres on HBO Sunday, Oct. 9 at 7:30 PT/10:30 ET.