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‘Insecure’ Season 3 Will See Main Characters Learning from Their Past Mistakes

Yvonne Orji, Issa Rae and Prentice Penny all participate in a panel discussion during HBO's Insecure Live Wine Down at Essence at the Ace Hotel on July 7, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Yvonne Orji, Issa Rae and Prentice Penny all participate in a panel discussion during HBO’s Insecure Live Wine Down at Essence at the Ace Hotel on July 7, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

*After two seasons of watching best friends Issa (Issa Rae) and Molly (Yvonne Orji) make one mistake after another on “Insecure,” fans will finally see the characters learn from their past missteps, reports Variety.

“Adulting is two steps forward, one step back — [while trying] to be better every day,” said Prentice Penny, who serves as executive producer and showrunner of the HBO series. “It’s hard to make hard choices.”

Penny says the upcoming episodes will explore what it means to be an adult and show the characters distinguishing theirs wants from their needs.

Star, co-creator, and executive producer Rae says that the hard choices that faced her character in seasons’ past have hit too close to home. She told Variety that she relived recent experiences and questioned past decisions while filming the third season, finding it difficult to separate herself from “what happened then and what’s happening in the show.”

“It’s not the same, but you try to channel that as much as possible,” she said.

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prentice penny & issa rae
Prentice Penny & Issa Rae

Similar to Rae, Y’Ian Noel, who portrays Daniel, said he also deeply connects to his character. Noel said Daniel has to “maintain his cool and his masculinity but at the same time he is a very sensitive, complicated soul which is a very nuanced thing to portray.” He added that he shares so many qualities with is character that he is “forced to have that self-examination” before filming.

Daniel will play a bigger part in the third season of the show, Penny said, pointing out that it will continue to explore why other characters, including his, have insecurities just like Issa’s. The title relates to all of the characters, but particularly for Molly, Orji said, noting that she will display more humanity as she navigates “being a boss chick at work and trying to find love at home.”

There will also be another fake series within the show, following previous programs “Conjugal Visits” and “Due North” from earlier seasons. Penny said that this year’s creation is more topical.

“It’s definitely timely in the wake of a lot of things that happened in Hollywood in the last month or so,” Penny teased.

“Insecure” season 3 premieres Aug. 12 on HBO.

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