Issa Rae never considered herself an actress

Issa Rae “never considered” herself as an actress.The 35-year-old found fame by creating and co-writing the HBO TV show Insecure, which she stars in, and its success has helped her land roles in films such as Little, The Hate U Give, and The Photog…

Issa Rae “never considered” herself as an actress.

The 35-year-old found fame by creating and co-writing the HBO TV show Insecure, which she stars in, and its success has helped her land roles in films such as Little, The Hate U Give, and The Photograph.

In a cover interview with Teen Vogue, Rae admitted she always thought she was an actress “for fun” and is experimenting with different genres to help her improve.

“I just want to try different things (and) keep getting better… because I’ve never considered myself an actress,” she said of her film career. “I always considered myself a writer-producer – and an actress for fun. I want to make sure that with each project I’m taking on, I’m bringing something to the table and not just showing up as me. A lot of people don’t get this opportunity, so I don’t want to take it for granted.”

Rae was gearing up to promote her new movie The Lovebirds, a romantic comedy with Kumail Nanjiani, when the coronavirus pandemic hit, causing the cancellation of South by Southwest (SXSW) festival, where it was set to premiere in March. Following the widespread closure of cinemas, the film was bought by Netflix and debuted on the streaming service earlier this month.

And Rae has been using the lockdown to work on a variety of upcoming creative projects.

“All I’ve ever said is, ‘If I just had more time, I could kill it.’ Lord knows I didn’t want it this way, but I’m just being very productive and getting all the s**t done that I’m being paid to do,” the star shared. “I still listen to the news every morning and have anxiety about all of the things that we are doing wrong, and I worry about my family, but the only way for me to not drive myself insane is to continue pretending like things are normal. Staying busy is how I cope.”

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Wonder Woman 1984 producer insists movie will get theatrical run

Representatives for Wonder Woman 1984 have shot down a report suggesting the blockbuster will be released straight to video-on-demand due to the coronavirus crisis.Many cinemas around the world have been closed to help curb the spread of Covid-19, with…

Representatives for Wonder Woman 1984 have shot down a report suggesting the blockbuster will be released straight to video-on-demand due to the coronavirus crisis.

Many cinemas around the world have been closed to help curb the spread of Covid-19, with the release of numerous upcoming blockbusters being postponed until movie theatres re-open.

The Wonder Woman sequel, starring Gal Gadot as the superhero, is still set for release on 5 June, but a report published last week speculated it would skip the cinemas altogether and head straight for streaming or digital services.

This report was swiftly denied by studio Warner Bros., with president of domestic distribution, Jeff Goldstein, telling The Wrap, “We’re looking to release the movie theatrically, that’s our plan.”

Charles Roven, a producer on the film, also told the publication, “It’s ludicrous if you consider how big a movie this is… Everybody recognises that, as interesting as streaming might be, if you want a huge, global worldwide box office, you’ve got to release it in a movie theater.”

Representatives for Warner Bros. also confirmed to IndieWire that they remain committed to giving the DC Comics movie, directed by Patty Jenkins, a full theatrical run.

Many movies that were showing in cinemas at their time of closure, such as The Hunt, Emma, and The Invisible Man, have received early digital releases. On Friday, Disney bosses also announced that they were following suit by making their latest Disney/Pixar animation Onward available to buy digitally that day. It will be available on Disney+ on 3 April for U.S. customers.

“While we’re looking forward to audiences enjoying our films on the big screen again soon, given the current circumstances, we are pleased to release this fun, adventurous film to digital platforms early for audiences to enjoy from the comfort of their homes,” said director Dan Scanlon and producer Kori Rae.

In addition, Paramount executives have decided to release The Lovebirds, a comedy starring Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani, on Netflix after postponing its original 3 April cinema release.

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