played by Jay Ellis


Issa’s ex, Lawrence finds renewed purpose after their breakup in his position at Meridian. He struggles, however, to define what he wants in a relationship.


Jay Ellis is a charismatic television and film actor, philanthropist, and entrepreneur. Ellis can be seen as one of the stars of HBO’s comedy series Insecure alongside Issa Rae.

Previously, Ellis starred on BET’s hit series The Game, which ended after its 9th season. Ellis portrayed Bryce ‘Blue’ Westbrook,” the highly educated, first round wide receiver draft pick from Stanford University. Recently, Ellis was featured on the second season of the critically acclaimed Showtime series Masters of Sex with Michael Sheen.

Ellis interned briefly with the Portland Trailblazers and also joined AmeriCorps to provide care and resources to disadvantaged citizens in Portland. He then traveled the world as a model and was afforded the opportunity to live in such exotic territories as Milan, Tokyo, Sidney and London appearing in campaigns for Abercrombie and Fitch, Nike and Adidas to name a few.

Ellis’ debut feature role came in the Elizabeth Banks directed, star studded comedy Movie 43, starring alongside Terrence Howard. Ellis has also appeared in numerous primetime television series including Grace and Frankie, How I Met Your Mother, Grey’s Anatomy and NCIS.

When not in front of the camera, he enjoys cooking, being outdoors, boxing, traveling and shooting photography. Ellis is an ambassador of amfAR and is also an active volunteer at Inside Out Writers, an organization that teaches creative writing classes in Los Angeles County Juvenile Detention Centers.



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