Issa Rae

Issa Rae

Date of Birth

Birthday: January 12
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California

Issa Rae is an American actress, writer, director, producer, and web series creator.

With her own unique flare and infectious sense of humor, Rae first garnered attention for her award-winning web series and the accompanying New York Times best-seller, "The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl." She created. The show follows the life of J (played by Rae) as she interacts with co-workers and love interests who place her in uncomfortable situations. The story is told through first-person narrative as J usually reveals how she feels about her circumstances through voice-over or dream sequence.

Issa Rae is an American actress, writer, director, producer, and web series creator.

With her own unique flare and infectious sense of humor, Rae first garnered attention for her award-winning web series and the accompanying New York Times best-seller, "The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl." She created. The show follows the life of J (played by Rae) as she interacts with co-workers and love interests who place her in uncomfortable situations. The story is told through first-person narrative as J usually reveals how she feels about her circumstances through voice-over or dream sequence.

She subsequently gained further recognition for creating, co-writing, and starring in the hit HBO show, Insecure, for which she has received multiple Emmy and Golden Globe nominations. Rae made her film debut in the acclaimed drama, "The Hate U Give." This year, she starred in Netflix's "The Lovebirds," a romantic comedy and the HBO political-satire drama, "Coastal Elites."

 

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Awards & Nominations

6 Nominations
Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series - 2021
  • Nominee
  • Issa Rae, as Jess
  • A Black Lady Sketch Show
  • "My Booty Look Juicy, Don’t It?"
  • HBO
  • HBO in association with JAX Media, 3 Arts Entertainment, Issa Rae Productions and For Better or Words Inc.
Outstanding Variety Sketch Series - 2021
  • Nominee
  • Issa Rae, Executive Producer
  • A Black Lady Sketch Show
  • HBO
  • HBO in association with JAX Media, 3 Arts Entertainment, Issa Rae Productions and For Better or Words Inc.
Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series - 2020
  • Nominee
  • Issa Rae, as Issa
  • Insecure
  • HBO
  • HBO Entertainment in association with Issa Rae Productions, Penny for Your Thoughts Entertainment and 3 Arts Entertainment
Outstanding Comedy Series - 2020
  • Nominee
  • Issa Rae, Executive Producer
  • Insecure
  • HBO
  • HBO Entertainment in association with Issa Rae Productions, Penny for Your Thoughts Entertainment and 3 Arts Entertainment
Outstanding Variety Sketch Series - 2020
  • Nominee
  • Issa Rae, Executive Producer
  • A Black Lady Sketch Show
  • HBO
  • HBO Entertainment in association with JAX Media, 3 Arts Entertainment, Issa Rae Productions and For Better or Words Inc.
Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series - 2018
  • Nominee
  • Issa Rae, as Issa Dee
  • Insecure
  • HBO
  • HBO Entertainment in association with Issa Rae Productions, A Penny For Your Thoughts Entertainment, 3 Arts Entertainment
Issa Rae arrives at the 73rd Emmy Awards, September 19, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.


Issa Rae arrives at the 73rd Emmy Awards, September 19, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.

Issa Rae speaks during the 72nd Emmy Awards.
Issa Rae presents the award for Outstanding Writing For A Variety Special on Night Five of the Creative Arts Emmys.
Issa Rae presents the award for Outstanding Short Form Variety Series to Ben Winston and Eric Pankowski for Carpool Karaoke: The Series at Night Two of the Creative Arts Emmys.
Issa Rae presents the award for Outstanding Music Direction to Rickey Minor for The Kennedy Center Honors during the second night of the Creative Arts Emmys.
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Issa Rae and Riz Ahmed present an award on stage at the 69th Primetime Emmys.
Issa Rae and Riz Ahmed on stage at the 2017 Primetime Emmys.
Issa Rae on the red carpet at the 2017 Primetime Emmys.
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Issa Rae arrives at the 73rd Emmy Awards, September 19, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.


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Issa Rae arrives at the 73rd Emmy Awards

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Issa Rae arrives at the 73rd Emmy Awards, September 19, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.

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Issa Rae arrives at the 73rd Emmy Awards

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Issa Rae speaks during the 72nd Emmy Awards.
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Issa Rae speaks during the 72nd Emmy Awards.

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Issa Rae presents the award for Outstanding Writing For A Variety Special on Night Five of the Creative Arts Emmys.
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Issa Rae presents the award for Outstanding Writing For A Variety Special on Night Five of the Creative Arts Emmys.

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Issa Rae presents the award for Outstanding Short Form Variety Series to Ben Winston and Eric Pankowski for Carpool Karaoke: The Series at Night Two of the Creative Arts Emmys.
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Issa Rae presents the award for Outstanding Short Form Variety Series to Ben Winston and Eric Pankowski for Carpool Karaoke: The Series at Night Two of the Creative Arts Emmys. 

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Issa Rae presents the award for Outstanding Music Direction to Rickey Minor for The Kennedy Center Honors during the second night of the Creative Arts Emmys.
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Issa Rae presents the award for Outstanding Music Direction to Rickey Minor for The Kennedy Center Honors during the second night of the Creative Arts Emmys.

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Issa Rae on the red carpet at the 70th Emmy Awards.

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Issa Rae
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Issa Rae on the red carpet at the 70th Emmy Awards.

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Issa Rae and Riz Ahmed present an award on stage at the 69th Primetime Emmys.
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Issa Rae and Riz Ahmed present an award on stage at the 69th Primetime Emmys. 

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Issa Rae and Riz Ahmed on stage at the 2017 Primetime Emmys.
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Issa Rae and Riz Ahmed on stage at the 2017 Primetime Emmys.

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Issa Rae on the red carpet at the 2017 Primetime Emmys.
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Issa Rae on the red carpet at the 2017 Primetime Emmys.

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