InsecureFest Brought Fans to Their Feet

By Allie Waxman


The Season 3 kick-off of Insecure took the concept of a “party” to new heights. Cast and fans came together to the Banc of California Stadium for a night of live musical performances from 2 Chainz, Aminé, Jorja Smith, Rico Nasty and Saweetie; wild carnival games; and no end of food and drink. As if the celebration wasn’t popping enough, the juicy first episode of the new season was screened. Pre-festivities, the cast and creators of the show revealed what fans could expect from the new season and why this year’s block party, set in the heart of South L.A., was the perfect love letter to the show.

Sarunas Jackson, who plays Dro, was all for getting the neighborhood involved in the celebration. “L.A. deserves it because it’s such an L.A.-based show. It’s a lovely thing to have the community be a part of it,” he shared. His sentiment was shared by showrunner Prentice Penny, who emphasized the importance of repping L.A. in an authentic way. “It’s a big love letter,” he said. “To be in our neighborhood, and to show the beauty of those neighborhoods, is really important to us.” Y’lan Noel, the actor behind Daniel, concurred, “It is for people who want to see themselves authentically portrayed on a television screen.”

“Know better, do better. ”
— Issa Rae
on Season 3's theme

And while the cast stayed tight-lipped about Season 3, they dropped a few hints about upcoming arcs.

Creator and star Issa Rae laid out the theme of the season: “Know better, do better.” Her co-stars Natasha Rothwell (Kelli) and Yvonne Orji (Molly) seconded that notion. “We’re growing up a little bit,” commented Orji. “We’re taking two steps forward... might take five steps back.” Rothwell, whose character is an accountant, went with a business analogy, teasing that the show will be “cashing checks that they wrote in Seasons 1 and 2.”

Sarunas Jackson (Dro) suggested Season 3 “is a fresh take on the whole show. We’ll get to dive into characters we haven’t before.” According to Y’lan Noel, Daniel will be one of them. “First of all, you find Daniel,” shared Noel of his character. “In Season 3 you get to learn a little more about who he is, what his ticks are, what gets him going.”

“Everyone’s finding themselves,” said Wade Allain-Marcus, who plays expectant-father Derek. He described the season as a “journey.”

As the cast prepared to celebrate the season’s start, they imagined where their characters would be at a bash like this.

“Daniel would be where Y’lan is, probably somewhere nice and cold, kickin’ it with his homies.”
“Derek would be at the front row of the VIP section, because that’s the bougie type of guy that he is.”
“Molly would be at a bar or wherever the guys were.”
“Issa [Dee] would be with her girls, trying to find the dudes, trying to see what’s up.”
“Where’s the liquor? Kelli’s at the bar. 30-billion percent.”
“Dro would be tucked off in the corner somewhere, either talking to his wife or talking to Molly.”

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